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|District of Maharashtra|
Location of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra
|Administrative division||Amravati Division|
|Tehsils||1.Arni, 2.Umarkhed, 3.Kalamb, 4.Pandharkawada Kelapur, 5.Ghatanji, 6.Zari Jamani, 7.Darwha, 8.Digras, 9.Ner, 10.Pusad, 11.Babhulgaon, 12.Mahagaon, 13.Maregaon, 14.Yavatmal, 15.Ralegaon 16.Wani|
|• District collector||Ashwin Mudgal|
|• Lok Sabha constituencies||1. Yavatmal-Washim (shared with Washim district), 2. Hingoli (shared with Hingoli district), 3. Chandrapur (shared with Chandrapur district).|
|• Assembly seats||7|
|• Total||13,584 km2 (5,245 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|• Sex ratio||951 women per 1,000 men|
|Average annual precipitation||911.34 mm|
Yavatmal district pronunciation (help·info), formerly known as Yeotmal, is a district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located in the region of Vidarbha, in the east-central part of the state. It is Vidarbha's third-largest district by population, after Nagpur and Amravati. Yavatmal town is the administrative headquarters of the district. The incumbent district collector is Ashwin Mudgal.[not verified in body]
It is believed that Yavatmal, along with the rest of the former Berar province, was part of the legendary kingdom of Vidarbha mentioned in the Mahabharata. Berar also formed part of the Mauryan Empire during the reign of Ashoka (272 to 231 BCE). Berar later came under the rule of the Satavahana dynasty (2nd century BCE to 2nd century CE), the Vakataka dynasty (3rd to 6th centuries), the Chalukya dynasty (6th to 8th centuries), the Rashtrakuta dynasty (8th to 10th centuries), the Western Chalukya (10th to 12th centuries), and finally the Yadava dynasty of Devagiri (late 12th to early 14th centuries). A period of Muslim rule began when Ala ud din Khilji, Sultan of Delhi, conquered the region in the early 14th century. The region was part of the Bahmani Sultanate, which broke away from the Delhi Sultanate in the mid-14th century. The Bahmani Sultanate broke into smaller sultanates at the end of the 15th century, and in 1572 Berar became part of the Nizam Shahi sultanate, based at Ahmednagar. The Nizam Shahis ceded Berar to the Mughal Empire in 1595. As Mughal rule started to unravel at the start of the 18th century, Asaf Jah I, Nizam of Hyderabad, seized the southern provinces of the empire (including Berar) in 1724, forming an independent state.
A detailed account of Berar was added to the Ain-i-Akbari in 1596–97, immediately after the treaty of Ahmadnagar under which the province was ceded to the Mughal Empire; this account may be regarded as a description of the province as it was administered by the Nizam Sahi and Imad Sahi kings, and probably also by the Bahamanis. The account notes that Berar was divided into thirteen sarkars or revenue districts. The Yavatmal district comprised the greater part of Akbar's sarkars of Kalam and Mahur. But some few mahals of these sarkars lay beyond the present limits of the district. Yavatmal appears in the record as the headquarters of a pargana under the name of Yot-Lohara – Yot being the Urdu or Persian corruption of Yevata, the original name of the town; and Lohara the name of a village about 5 km (3 mi) to the west of Yavatmal. The suffix mal is a corruption of mahal (pargana-town). A rough estimate makes the land revenue demand in Akbar's time for the area now occupied by the district more than ten lakhs (one million) rupees, while it is certain that collection must have fallen far short of the nominal demand.
In 1853 the district, together with the rest of Berar, came under the administration of the British East India Company. Berar was divided into East Berar and West Berar with Yavatmal district included in the former. In 1864 Yavatmal, along with some other talukas, was formed into the district initially called Southeast Berar and later renamed Wani. In 1903 Berar was leased by the Nizam of Hyderabad to the British Government of India.
Yavatmal District is situated in the south-western part of Wardha Penganga-Wainganga Kho. The geographical location of the district falls in 19.26 and 20.42 north latitudes and 77.18 to 7.9.9 in the eastern line. Amravati and Wardha districts, from east to Chandrapur district, Andhra Pradesh and Nanded district are from the north whereas Parbhani and Akola districts are surrounded by west.[incomprehensible]
The district covers 13,582 km2 (5,244 sq mi) (4.41 percent of the state). The total length of the district is 190 kilometres (120 mi), and the maximum width from north to south is 160 km (100 mi). The district occupies the southeastern part of Berar.
Yavatmal district is in the southern mountain ranges of Berar, situated on a wide plain surrounded by hilly terrain and mountain ranges running east to west. The central part is a plateau 300 to 600 metres (980 to 1,970 ft) above sea level. On its northern border is the Panighat, called the valley of Berar, which is 65 to 80 kilometres (40 to 50 mi) wide; only a 8-to-12-kilometre-wide (5 to 7 mi) portion of the valley is within Yavatmal district.
The district is broadly divided into the following six geographical areas:
The main rivers of the district are the Wardha and Penganga, both flowing along the northeast border. They are usually flowing in the north-east border of the district on the south-east side.[contradictory] The Wardha is deep and wide and can be navigated but is dangerous in flood conditions. It originates on the east side of Multai in Madhya Pradesh. The Penganga river is the main tributary of the Wardha, originating in the city of Ajantha in Buldhana. The Penganga is both deep and swift, marking the south boundaries of the district before joining the Wardha.
The Wardha's other tributaries include the Banembala and Nirguda, which flow only during the monsoon season. Other rivers include the Bembala and Nirguda rivers on the Yavatmal Plateau.
The district's climate is hot and dry, with a cold winter. The year is divided into four seasons: summer (March to May), southwest monsoon season (June to September), northern monsoon season (October to November), and winter (December to February).
The district receives an average annual rainfall of 911.34 mm (36 in). This generally increases from west to east, with 889 mm (35 in) in the western region of the district and 1,125 mm (44 in) in the east. Almost all of the rain falls during the southwest monsoon season. In recent years heavy rainfall has destroyed crops or left the land unsuitable for planting.
May is usually the hottest month of the year, with average daily temperature reaching 42 °C (108 °F). This heat is relieved by the southwest monsoon rains, followed by a sudden decrease in day and night temperatures from the end of November. December is the coldest month of the year, with average daily minimum temperature of 13 °C (55 °F). The district temperature may fall below 5 °C (41 °F) due to the humidity of cool northern air.
According to the 2011 census Yavatmal district had a population of 2,775,457, roughly equal to the nation of Jamaica or the US state of Utah. Its population ranking was 141st in India (out of a total of 640), and 21st in the state (out of 35). The district had a population density of 204 inhabitants per square kilometre (530/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 12.9%. Yavatmal had a sex ratio of 947 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 80.7%.
Marathi is the major language. Other languages spoken are Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Banjari, Gondi, Kolami, and Andh, an Indo-Aryan language spoken by 100,000 people. People here speak with the Varhadi dialect.
Yavatmal district comprises sixteen tehsils:
There are seven Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district:
National Highway 7 (NH7) passes through the district.
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Yavatmal one of the country's 250 most-backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the twelve districts in Maharashtra currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
The geology of the district is transitional with Deccan trap rocks (lava bed) predominating, displaying characteristic step-like hills and ridges. These have been eroded through in places, exposing older Puranic and Aryan sediments.
The district has rich deposits of coal and good-quality limestone suitable for the manufacture of cement. The basaltic trap rocks are generally barren of any economically important minerals, but are extensively used as building stones, road metal (gravel), railway ballast and as an aggregate for concrete mixtures.
Tipeshwar, Tiwsala, Umbarda and Bitargaon are the well-known forests of the district, with trees including teak, tendu, hirda, apta and moha, as well as bamboo. Wild-bear, deer, nilgai, sambar, hyena and peacock are among the animals found in the forests.
Tipeshwar and Painganga are the two wildlife sanctuaries in the district.
Arni and Digras tehsils are pilgrimage locations, important for the journeys of Baba Kambalposh R.A. Shrine and Shri Ghantibaba Temple. They also have the Shri Chintamani temple of Kalamb, Ghatanji Maroti Maharaj Yatra, and the Shree Datta Jayanti festival at Jambhora Mahur.
Ner tehsil have temple like Fakiraji Maharaj Sansthan, Dhanaj Manikwada which is Grade 'B' pilgrimage place by Gramvikas Ministry of Maharashtra State Government.
Shree Chintamani Ganesh Temple is at Kalamb on the bank of the Chakravati.
The district has various entrenched cultures and tribal communities, including the Gond Raja, Gond Pardhan, Kolam, Aandh and Banjara. Various religious fairs take place in the district including:
Fakiraji Maharaj was the saint of ancient Maharashtra lived around 500-800 years ago. He blessed people of all religion. Fakiraji Maharaj worshiped by Hindu, Muslim, Buddha and other religion. Today at Dhanaj Manikwada his unique Samadhi temple is present which marks statue of 'all religion unity'. Fakiraji Maharaj Fair is arranged by temple trust two times in year.
There are also idyllic forest locations for tourists and hot springs at Kapeshwar on the banks of Penganga.
Jamaica 2,868,380 July 2011 est