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Sehore Fast Facts
- State: Madhya Pradesh
- District: Sehore
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- Population: 1,311,008 (2011)
- Religions: Hindu, Muslim, Jains
- Area: 6,578 km2
- Altitude: 502 m
- Language: Hindi
- Best Season: October to March
- Local Transport: Bus, Taxi, Auto Rikshaw
- Pincode: 466001
- STDCode: 07562
Sehore, India Overview
Sehore District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The town of Sehore is the district headquarters. The district is part of Bhopal Division.
Sehore is 39 Km away from state capital Bhopal towards south and on Bhopal-Indore highway. Its height from the sea level is 1500 ft. to 2000 ft. It is also connected to Western Railway from Bhopal to Ratlam. District area is 6578 Km. Sehore is surrounded by Seven districts i.e. Bhopal, Raisen, Hoshangabad, Dewas, Shajapur, Rajgarh, and Harda. Sehore District extends between the parallels of Latitude 22031'to 230 40' North and between the meridians of Longitude 76022' and 78008' East. The lacquer bangles of the district are a coveted adornment of the Gond , Bhiala Nad Korku tribes of the region. Bhavai, the traditional dance of these tribes is an excellent example of their artistic proclivities .In tribal area of Sehore the Bagoria dance, with its vigorous drum beating , is still performed around the Holi festival. This dance is occasion for tribal girls& boys to have run away marriage.
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Sehore, India History
Sehore stands in the foothills of Vindhyachal Range in the middle of Malwa region. Sehore has a long and glorious past.Shaiva , Shakta, Jain, Vaishnav, Budhists and Nath priests made Sehore a significant seat of their deep meditation. Sehore was a part of Bhopal estate. After formation of Madhya Pradesh, the state capital Bhopal was a part of the Sehore district. It was bifurcated in 1972 and a new district Bhopal was formed.
Ancient lores indicate that Maharshi Patanjali, the illustrious founder of Yoga sect also spent some time here in prayers & worship . Folklore also indicate to the visits of Lord Rama, Laxman nad Sita to its different places. Sehore has so many temples, Mathas, Shrines, Mosques, Churches of great historical and religious antiquity. In that sense, Sehore boasts of its glorious tradition of communal harmony and homogeneous culture.
"Sidhhapur" is the old name of Sehore. According to a rock- edict found from the river Seevan, it got its name from "Sidrapur". According to an old document Sehore has got its name from the Anglo- Indian perversion of "Sher" or Lion as pronounced by the Britishers, since lion or "Shers" were in the great numbers in the nearby jungles.
Sehore has been an integral part of Awanti. Later on it was under the tutelage of Magadh dynasty, Chandragupta Ist, Harshavardhan, Ashoka the great, Raja Bhoj, Peshwa chiefs, Rani Kamlawati and the Nawabs of Bhopal dynasty. Sehore remained the headquarters of the political agent and resident of the British.
Rivers big and small abound the landscape of Sehore. Narmada , Parwati, Dudhi, Newaj, Kolar, Papnas, Kulans, Seewan, Lotia, and other rivers tell the sad tale of their lost splendour in the form of scattered idols. Idols of Lord Vishnu, Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Nandi, Garuda, Lord Mahavira,Gautam Buddha, Apsaras and fairies have been found in different forms and postures.
Sehore played a crucial role in the freedom movement of India (1857 movement) . "Nishan-e- Mahaviri and Nishan -e- Mohammadi" remained furling in the place of Union Jack. That short phase of independence from the British clutches ended, when Sir Hurose and Robert Hamilton crushed the uprising by putting 354 patriots to the gallows and gunning down 149 sepoys. Nawabs of Bhopal remained always loyal to the British. That caused heavily to to the efforts of the patriots in order to flush out the British from Sehore.
On 15 thAugust 1947 India got its independence . But estate of Bhopal did not merge with the India state till 1949 and even that after a fierce struggle. Sehore has got the honour of its achievement in the field of academics and literature. Lanciet Likinson, the political agent got established the first English translation of " Abhignan Shakuntalam " in 1835- 40.