Nagda is an industrial town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It lies in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh and is situated on the bank of Chambal River.

Presently, Nagda is a major industrial town with a manufacturing unit of Viscose fibre, thermal power plant and a chemical plant. Nagda is a major ISO granted railway junction on the Delhi–Mumbai railway line. It is exactly 694 km from both Delhi and Mumbai.

Prior to being an industrial town, Nagda was a small village. The location near river Chambal and availability of acres of land plus the added advantage of being at the centre of India's two biggest markets(Delhi & Mumbai) attracted Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla to set up a major facility. Today Grasim's industrial unit at Nagda is the largest manufacturer of Viscose staple fibre in Asia.


The name of the town was actually nag-dah which means cremation/burning (dah) of snakes (nag).[1][2] The ancient city was developed by King Janamejaya. Janamejaya was a Hindu Kuru Dynasty. Nagda was mentioned in the literature of Kalidasa.[3]


As per provisional reports of 2011 India census,[4] population of Nagda in 2011 is 100,039; of which male and female are 51,373 and 48,666 respectively.[4]

The number of literates in Nagda are 71,472, out of which 40,073 are male and 31,399 are female. Nagda has an average literacy rate of 80.71%, above than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 88.43%, and female literacy is 72.62%. In Nagda, 11.48% of the population is under 5 to 6 years of age.[5]

According to 2011 census data, Hinduism is majority religion in Nagda city with 81.68% followers. Islam is second most popular religion in city of Nagda with approximately 14.58% following it. In Nagda city, Christianity is followed by 0.81%, Jainism by 2.09%, Sikhism by 0.53% and Buddhism by 0.53%. Around 0.00% stated 'Other Religion' and approximately 0.29% stated 'No Particular Religion'.


The culture of Nagda encompasses both the traditional Malwa culture and a modern, progressive attitude. People celebrate typical Indian festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Navratri, Holi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Mahavir Jayanti, Hanuman jayanti, Ram navmi,sharad purnima, janmashtami and Christmas. Apart from these festivals, city celebrates "Dol Gyaras" (a dol or dhol is a musical instrument like drum and gyaras means Ekadasi, a date in Hindu calendar), a one night event in which mobile temples, called झान्की (jhanki) in the local language, run in the city. The same celebration is witnessed three days later on Anant Chaturdashi at many nearby places like Ujjain and Indore and also in Birlagram, Nagda. The set of the pehalwans from different Akhara show their bravery in the front of these mobile temples. Various man-made craft items are displayed in shops specially built for this night. Dhol artists play their drums in continuous rhythms. The festival culminates in a carnival-like procession.


Hinduism is the dominant religion in Nagda with 81.68% followers as of 2011, followed by Islam with 14.58% and Jainism with 2.09%. Many temples & Masjids, Catholic church, Protestant Church, Guru Dwaras, Ayyappa Temple and other religious buildings are found throughout the city. The most prominent communities include Rajpoot, Gurjar, Brahmin, Marwaris, Viswakarma, Marwari Jains, Porwals along with the local communities. The most prominent Hindu temple in Nagda is Birla Mandir with its characteristic artwork carved beautifully on walls and pillars surrounded by a garden and fountain, dedicated to Lord Vishnu which was built by the Birla family.

Food & Cuisines

Nagda has a variety of foods and cuisines. City starts its day with tea, poha, jalebi, samosa and kachodi. The Ratlami Sev is a common snack often served with a meal and dinner. Dal baati is the food of the Malwa. It is commonly served at all festivities, including religious occasions, wedding ceremonies, and parties. "Dal-Baati ", is a combination of two different food items - Dal (lentils), Baati. It is a typical Malwa dish. Dal is made of lentils and can be little spicy. Baati baked or a grilled ball of wheat flour dough.


Higher Education

Most colleges in Nagda are affiliated to the Vikram University. The city's most prominent college is Nagda Government College near Rupeta village.



Nagda is situated on the basin of river Chambal. It is an important junction station of Western Railways, which connect Delhi-Mumbai main line with Bhopal. It is an important halt for all trains that are bound for Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi & Bhopal. The main lines passing through Nagda Junction are : • Mumbai- New Delhi line via Kota Junction ( broad gauge line).


The nearest airport is located in Indore about 110 km from the city.


Nagda has connectivity with NH79 via Jaora.

Government and Political class

Nagda has Nagar palika parishad , which runs by 36 wards members and 1 city mayer. City has ample funds fot development which has brought lot of changes in the city.

Currently Mr. Dilip Gurjar is elected Member of legislative assembly for term 2018 to 2023 represents the NIC and he has won election against Mr Dilip Siigh Shekhawat candidate from BJP.

City is also represented by Mr. Thawar Chand Gehlod a cabinate minister in Modi’s Government.


  1. ^ "IITBHF - People associated with Nagda". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Home". Nagar Palika Nagda. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Famous Places in Nagda". Famous Places in India. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Nagda City Census 2011 data".
  5. ^ "Nagda City Population Census 2011-2019 | Madhya Pradesh". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
Grasim Industries Ground

Grasim Industries Ground is a multi-purpose stadium in Nagda, India. The ground is mainly used for organizing matches of football, cricket and other sports. The stadium hosted one first-class match in 1988 when Madhya Pradesh cricket team played against Vidarbha cricket team. Since then the stadium has not hosted any cricket matches.

Guhila dynasty

The Guhila dynasty ruled the Medapata (modern Mewar) region in present-day Rajasthan state of India. The Guhila kings initially ruled as Gurjara-Pratihara vassals between 8th and 10th centuries. Their capitals included Nagahrada (Nagda) and Aghata (Ahar). For this reason, they are also known as the Nagda-Ahar branch of the Guhilas.

The Guhilas assumed sovereignty after the decline of the Gurjara-Pratiharas in the 11th century. During the 11th-13th centuries, they were involved in military conflicts with several of their neighbours, including the Paramaras, the Chahamanas, the Delhi Sultanate, the Chaulukyas, and the Vaghelas.

In the mid-12th century, the dynasty divided into two branches. The senior branch (whose rulers are called Rawal in the later medieval literature) ruled from Chitrakuta (modern Chittorgarh), and ended with Ratnasimha's defeat against the Delhi Sultanate at the 1303 Siege of Chittorgarh. The junior branch ruled from Sesoda with the title Rana, and gave rise to the Sisodia Rajput dynasty.

Indore – Nagda Passenger

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Jaora railway station

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Malwa culture

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This culture is characterized by the increasing dominance of the agricultural way of life, but also incorporated pastoralist and hunting groups. The people cultivated wheat, barley, legumes, and later rice, and domesticated cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. At most of the settlements, there is no evidence of urban planning, rather a "haphazard" distribution of houses, but some of the largest sites have evidence of planned settlement, large houses, and public architecture. Most dwellings were round huts made from wattle-and-daub. There are also small round huts used for storing grain, and large rectangular structures which may have been used for religious performances.Their pottery was red or orange, and painted with geometric, floral, animal, and human designs in black. Copper and stone were used to make tools. Beads of semi-precious stones have been found. Objects made from seashells indicate trade with coastal communities in Gujarat, such as Bharuch. Evidence of religion includes bull idols, worship of trees, snakes, and goddesses, and altars for fire sacrifices.Sites of the Malwa Culture include Daimabad, Inamgaon, Kayatha, Nagda, Vidisha, Eran, Mandsaur, and Navdatoli (near Maheshwar).It is preceded by the Kayatha, Ahar-Banas, and Savalda cultures, and succeeded by the Jorwe culture and the Black and red ware culture.

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Sahastra Bahu Temples

At Nagda in Rajasthan, stand the remains of the Sahasra Bahu temples of the early 10th century AD, dedicated to Vishnu. They are locally referred to as Sas Bahu temples (a local corruption of the original Sahasra-Bahu, meaning "One with thousand arms", a form of Vishnu).

Nagda was once an important city of Mewar, possibly a capital of one of its rulers.

The temples are now in partial ruins but one can still marvel at their original splendour, the artisanry and the perfect geometry that must have been the hallmark of that era! Roads made with white marble are also an attraction of the village.

Lotus flower painting is visible on the roof top of temple. Iltutmish (Delhi emperor of that time) destroyed Nagda in 1226.

The temple is on the Archaeological Survey of India's list of heritage monuments.

The site is very easily accessible by road, only about 20 km from Udaipur (one of the main lake & palace hotspots of Tourism in Rajasthan), a mere 2.7 km from the well frequented Shaivite shrine of Eklingji, or 30 km from the hugely popular Vaishnavite shrine town of Nathdwara.

For those excited by India's History & Archaeology, this site deserves to be hot on the tourist map but sadly isn't.

Sahasra is the correct prefix that means "a thousand", not SahasTra. However, it is invariably misspelled as the latter. The same prefix is spelled when referring to the crown chakra: "Sahasrara Chakra" or when it occurs in family names (example: Sahasrabuddhe) without a T. Also see Sahasralinga. The confusion arises because the Hindi letter "Sa" (स) merges with "ra" (र) and looks like "tra".

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