Dantewada District, also known as Dantewara District or Dakshin Bastar District (South Bastar District), is a district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is the district headquarters. The district is part of Bastar Division. Until 1998, the Dantewada District was a tehsil of the larger Bastar District.
As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Chhattisgarh (out of 18), after Narayanpur and Bijapur.
Before Indian Independence, the district was part of the princely state of Bastar. After Indian Independence in 1947, Bastar’s ruler acceded to the government of India, and the erstwhile state became part of Bastar District of Madhya Pradesh state. Bastar District was divided into the districts of Bastar, Dantewada, and Kanker in 1999. In 2000, Dantewada was one of the 16 Madhya Pradesh districts that constituted the new state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada was bifurcated in the year 2007 resulting in a new district Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh with 4 Tehsils namely Bijapur, Bhairamgarh, Usoor and Bhopalpatnam. It was further bifurcated in the year 2012 resulting in another new district Sukma with 3 Tehsils namely Chhindgarh, Sukma and Konta.
The district is currently a part of the Red Corridor.Over the last year, more than 350 people have been killed and 50,000 moved into camps in the Dantewada district, as a result of a Maoist uprising.
In April 2010, the Maoist rebels killed at least 75 Indian soldiers in a series of attacks on security convoys in Dantewada.In May 2010, the Naxals targeted the Special Police Officers traveling in a civilian bus, killing around 31 to 44,including several Special Police Officers (SPOs) and civilians.
Dantewada District has an area of 3,410.50 km². It is bounded on the north and northeast by Bastar District, on the east by Malkangiri District of Odisha state, on the south and southwest by Khammam District of Telangana state, and on the west by the Indravati River, which forms the boundary with Karimnagar District of Telangana and Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
Dantewada district is divided into four tehsils, each of which is also a “development block”. It is further divided into 114 gram panchayats.The four tehsils are:
Transport Railway stations -12 ; RTC depoits – 02
Places to Visit
Dantewada : – A very ancient town of India, Dantewada had been the capital city of a glorious Kingdom in its golden past. This town was known as Tarlapal and Dantawali in pre-historical days, mention of which can be found on the stone carvings found in the district.
A splendid temple of Goddess Danteswari tops the list of places of interest, in the town. This temple , which is one among the Shaktipithas of the country, is visited by devotees from different parts of the country through out the year. Constructed, mainly on the South Indian style of (temple) architecture, and located at the confluence of the holy rivers Shankini & Dhankini, this temple gives a pleasant feeling of peace and immense satisfaction to the minds of devotees who visit.
Apart from Danteshwari temple, the temple of Bhairm Baba is also hystorically important place to visit.
Bailadila :- Mountain range, famous in the world for the enormous & top quality deposits of Iron ore. Total 14 reserves have been discovered in this range out of which the mining activities are going on in 3 deposits.
As this range of mountain contains peaks that look like the humps of the ox at different places, this range of mountains is called as “Baila Dila”, meaning the hump of ox, in the local language. Bailadila has been established as an Industrial area that has been divided into two towns, namely Bacheli (29 KMs from Dantewada) & Kirandul (41 KMs from Dantewada). The Iron Ore mines are situated at the top most peak of this mountain range known as “Aakash Nagar”, which can be visited with prior permission from NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation). A 22 KMs lengthy Ghat Road, that leads the visitors from Bacheli to Aakash Nagar thrills them with serpentine twists and offers a bird eye view of the entire region through out the journey. Apart from understanding the mining activities of NMDC, one can enjoy the pleasant locality of Aakash Nagar, which is stretched into the blue sky, offering the visitors a panoramic view of the green forests and beautiful landscapes.
Similarly 12 Kms Ghat Road from Kirandul takes the visitors to Kailash Nagar, yet another peak of Bailadila range. Kailash Nagar is equally beautiful as Aakash Nagar. One can find the rare and wonderful deposits of “Blue Dust” the sand like blue colored Iron Ore, which satisfies one’s quest to come in encounter with the wonders of mother nature.
Convayance :- Buses as well as private taxies are available from Dantewada at regular intervals for both Bacheli & Kirandul
Barsur : – 75 KMs from Jagdalpur on the way to Dantewada a small town Geedam is situated, 24 KMs towards North of Geedam village Barsur is located. The small sleepy village Barsur happened to be the thrown of power during the tenure of the Gangawanshi rulers in as early as 840 A.D. Barsur, situated on the bank of river Indrawati is famously known as the city of temples and ponds. It is believed that there used to be 147 temples and equal number of ponds here in the towering days of Barsur. Even though Barsur had lost its glory gradually century after century, the ruins of numerous temples that are found here will still manage to attract the attention of the people. Some of the temples worth mentioning are Mama-Bhanjaa temple, Chandraditya temple, Battisa temple and a mammoth statue of Lord Ganesha. Apart from these temples one vast pond of pre-historical days is worth visiting
Conveyance : -Taxies are available from Geedam at regular intervals
Bodhghat Sath Dhar : – 6 KMs from Barsur, river Indravati divides into 7 parts to form one small waterfall. This spot, fully covered with dense green forests stands to explain the beauty of the combination of the river, water and the mountains. With all its beauty and peaceful locality Sath Dhar is an idle picnic spot
Memory Pillars of Gamawada : -14 KMs from Dantewada, on the way to Bacheli one small village Gama Wada is located where large sized stone pillars invites the visitors to have a glance at the age old tradition of the local tribes. These giant sized stone pillars which were erected centuries back by the local inhabitants are basically the memory pillars dedicated to their diseased elders and relatives.
Conveyance : – Buses & Taxies available from Dantewada at regular intervals.
Around Dantewada : – In the middle Bastar district, beautiful water falls Tirath garh and Chitarcot are worth seing. Kanger valley and kutumsar, kailash caves also attract tourist due its natural unbelievable structure.
From the Bhopalpatnam border of the district 40 km. away in the Andhra Pradesh, famous Temle of Lord Rama at Bhadrachalam is also worth seing.