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Mandla District,Madhya Pradesh

Mandla District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The town of Mandla is administrative headquarters of the district. It is part of Jabalpur Division.

The district has an area of 8771 km², and a population of 779,414. It has 9 development blocks, 4 tehsils, and 1214 villages. Much of the population are adivasis (tribespeople), including Gonds. The district lies in the Mahakoshal region, and most of the district lies in the basin of the Narmada River

Economy
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Mandla 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).
Famous Shops

  • Sharda Welding Workshop estd. in 1985.
  • Madhuram Sweets
  • Ramnath Modi Ki Dukan
  • Mamta Jewellers
  • Languages
    Languages spoken include Gondi, Agariya, an Austroasiatic tongue with approximately 72,000 speakers;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;and Bharia, a Dravidian language spoken by at least 200,000 members of the Bharia tribe and written in the Devanagari script.
    Ecology

    Much of the district is forested, and it is home to Kanha National Park, a Project Tiger sanctuary. Kanha has the largest number of tigers in India. The park has won national awards for good management and infrastructure. The park is open year round except for July and August. The district is also home to Mandla Plant Fossils National Park. However, once upon a time Kanha and Satpura forest region, now famous as tiger reserves, were ruled by wild Indian elephants and lions.

    Mandla also endows with rich diversity of medicinal plants. Forty-three medicinal plant species are described those are utilized by the villagers and traditional healers in its Ghughri block which include Embilica officinalis, Terminalia bellirica, Aegle marmelos, and Buchanania lanzan.