Dindori District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state of central India. The town of Dindori is the district headquarters. The district is part of Jabalpur Division. The district (area: 6,128 km2) is located on the eastern part of Madhya Pradesh, bordering the state of Chhattisgarh. It is surrounded by Shahdol in the east, Mandla in the west, Umaria in the north, and Mungeli district of the state of Chhattisgarh in the south. It is divided into seven tehsils namely Dindori, Shahpura, Mehandwani, Amarpur, Bajag, Karanjiya and Samnapur. The Baiga are a predominant tribe. Around 64% of the total population belongs to the ST groups.
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Dindori one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).It is one of the 24 districts in Madhya Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
Agriculture is the main business, Wheat, Paddy, Maize, Kodo-Kutki, Ramtil, Mustard, Masoor, Matar, Gram, Alsi, Soyabean are the main crops of the district.
According to the 2011 census Dindori District has a population of 704,218,roughly equal to the nation of Bhutan or the US state of Alaska.This gives it a ranking of 501st in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 94 inhabitants per square kilometre (240/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 21.26%.Dindori has a sex ratio of 1004 females for every 1000 males,and a literacy rate of 65.47%.
Dindori’s people speak multiple languages, including: Chhattsgarhi, Bagheli, which has a lexical similarity of 72-91% with Hindi(compared to 60% for German and English)and is spoken by about 7,800,000 people in Bagelkhand.
In dindori district, The Ghughua Fossil National Park of Madhya Pradesh is a unique destination in India, which has been blessed with a priceless treasure trove of plant fossils. Fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 plant families have been identified. These fossils represent life as it occurred in this area some 66 million years ago. Well-preserved fossils of woody plants, climbers, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds have been found here. Palm fossils are particularly numerous.
66 million old plant fossils are found in this district and attempts are made to protect the fossils at Ghughua Fossil Park.