Nanded district

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Nanded District
Kandhar Fort
"District of Sanskrit Poets"
Location of Nanded district in Maharashtra
Location of Nanded district in Maharashtra
Country India
 • BodyNanded Zilla Parishad
 • District CollectorVipin Itankar (IAS)
 • Superintendent of PolicePramod Shewale (IPS)
 • President, ZPMegha Rani Ambulgekar
 • CEO Nanded ZPVarsha Thakur-Ghuge (IAS)
 • Lok Sabha constituencies1. Nanded,
2. Latur (Kandhar-Loha Legislative Assembly shared with)
3. Hingoli (shared with Hingoli District) (Based on Election Commission official website)
 • Total10,528 km2 (4,065 sq mi)
 • Total3,361,292
 • Density320/km2 (830/sq mi)
 • Urban
27.19 %
 • Literacy75.45%
 • Sex ratio943
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationMH-26
Major highwaysNH-222, National Highway 204, National Highway 361, National Highway 61
Average annual precipitation954 mm

Nanded district (Marathi pronunciation: [naːn̪d̪eɖ]) is a district of Maharashtra state in central India. The city of Nanded is the district headquarters.


Even though Nanded is only mentioned in historical accounts since 4th century, the evidence of human habitation in this area has been found for the past 40 to 50 thousand years[citation needed].

Upon reorganization of states in 1956, the district of Nanded came to comprise six talukas namely Kandhar, Hadgaon, Biloli, Degloor, Mudhol whereas Mukhed and Bhokar were called Mahals (revenue headquarters). As a result of reorganization of states, Bichkunda, Jukkal villages of Degloor taluka as well as the whole of Mudhol taluka (excluding Dharmabad) were merged with Nizamabad District of Telangana. In lieu of them, Kinwat and Islapur villages were separated from Adilabad District and made part of Nanded District again. Islapur village was combined with Kinwat taluka and Dharmabad came to be merged with Biloli taluka.

Construction of Kandhar Fort, located in Kandhar, is attributed to the Rashtrakuta king Krishna III of Malkheda.


The District of Nanded lies between 180 15 ' to 190 55' North latitudes and 770 to 78025' East longitudes. It covers an area of 10,332 sq km. Nanded District lies in the eastern part of Maharashtra state as well as the eastern portion of Marathwada region, which corresponds to Aurangabad Division.

Nanded is bounded on the North by Yavatmal district of the Vidarbha region, on the Eastern side lies Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts of Telangana state, and on the South lies Bidar of Karnataka state. Nanded also shares its boundaries with Latur on South West, Parbhani and Hingoli districts on the West. The area presents undulating topography with uneven hills, plateau, gentle slopes and valley planes.

The Godavari River flows through the district. Physiographically, the district can be divided into 2 major parts, the hilly region on the North and North East and low-lying area on the banks of the rivers Godavari, Manjra, Manyad, Penganga.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

According to the 2011 census, the district has an area of 10,502 km² and its population is 3,361,292 of which 27.19% were urban.[3] roughly equal to the nation of Uruguay[4] or the US state of Connecticut.[5] This gives it a ranking of 99th in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 319 inhabitants per square kilometre (830/sq mi) .[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 16.7%.[6] Nanded has a sex ratio of 937 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 76.94%. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 19.05% and 8.38% of the population respectively.[6]

Religions in Nanded district (2011)[7]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated


At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 75.46% of the population in the district spoke Marathi, 9.63% Urdu, 5.36% Hindi, 5.23% Lambadi, 2.10% Telugu and 0.83% Gondi as their first language. Urdu is mainly concentrated in Nanded city, while Gondi is mainly in Mahur and Kinwat taluks.[8]


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Nanded one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[9] It is one of the twelve districts in Maharashtra currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[9]

Industrial Estates are located in Nanded, Dharmabad, Loha, Degloor, Kinwat, Krushnoor (SEZ).


The 10th and last living guru of Sikhs, Shri. Guru Gobind Singhji stayed in Nanded for 14 months and from here that he transferred the title of Guru to "Aad Granth" as "Guru Granth Sahib ji". Nanded is mentioned in the Ramayana, as the place where Bharat's mother came from. Recently Mahur was declared as a tourist place. The Goddess Renuka temple is the major attraction for tourist from religious views. Also, there are lot many religious temples in nearby areas in Mahur viz Datta & Lord Parashuram temples. Kedarguda Temple in Hadgaon district is one of the best tourist spot dedicated to Lord Kedarnath, known for Devrai(the forest dedicated to Temple or god).

Another ancient Temple at Gaitond (mouth of cow) in Hadgaon taluka of Nanded district dedicated to Lord Shiva is a pilgrimage site for nearby villagers. The temple has been renovated recently[when?] but it has lost its ancient or medieval period identity and remains has been put outside the temple which proves its ancient period identity.[citation needed]

Malegaon Yatra dedicated to Lord Khandoba in Malegaon taluka is considered one of biggest in south India. It also served as an animal market.

  • Mahur township is home to the goddess Renuka. It is part of the Saade Teen Shaktipeeth (three and a half seats of power of the deity). It also has a Parshuram Mandir. Located on two adjoining hills, the Mahur fort * Parshuram mandir
  • Mahur fort – an important point on a major route from the North to the Deccan.[10]

The Sahasrakund waterfalls located at Islapur village, kinwat is a favourite destination for tourists during the monsoon and are accessible by train and by road. Unkeshwar village in Kinwat taluka has a famous Shiva temple. Hot water springs with containing sulphur and phosphate are believed to have medicinal properties.


Notable People

See also


  1. "Nanded Pin code". Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  2. Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  3. "District Census 2011 - Nanded" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General, India. 2011.
  4. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Uruguay 3,308,535 July 2011 est.
  5. "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Connecticut 3,574,097
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named districtcensus
  7. "C-16 Population By Religion - Maharashtra".
  8. 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  10. Mahurghat Archived 11 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine Government of India.

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Coordinates: 19°09′36″N 77°19′12″E / 19.16000°N 77.32000°E / 19.16000; 77.32000