Rajnandgaon is a city in Rajnandgaon District, in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. As of the 2011 census the population of the city was 163,122.[2] Rajnandgaon district came into existence on 26 January 1973, as a result of the division of Durg district.[3]

Rajnandgaon is located in Chhattisgarh
Location in Chhattisgarh, India
Coordinates: 21°06′N 81°02′E / 21.10°N 81.03°ECoordinates: 21°06′N 81°02′E / 21.10°N 81.03°E
Country India
 • TypeDemocratic
 • BodyNagar Nigam
 • MayorMadhusudan yadav
 • District CollectorMr. Jai Prakash Maurya (IAS).
307 m (1,007 ft)
 • Total163,122
 • Rank6th in state
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code07744
Vehicle registrationCG-08
Sex ratio1023 /


Originally known as Nandgram, Rajnandgaon State was ruled by Somvanshis, Kalachuris of Tripuri and Marathas.[4] The palaces in the town of Rajnandgaon reveal their own tale of the rulers, their society and culture, and the traditions of those times.[3]

The city was ruled by a dynasty of Hindu caretakers (mahants), who bore the title Vaishnav and Gond rajas (chiefs). Succession was by adoption. Its foundation is traced to a religious celibate who came from the Punjab towards the end of the 18th century. From the founder it passed through a succession of chosen disciples until 1879, when the British government recognized the ruler as an hereditary chief and it came to be known as princely state of Raj Nandgaon. Afterwards conferred upon his son the title of Raja Bahadur. The first ruler Ghasi Das Mahant was recognized as a feudal chief by the British government in 1865 and was granted a sanad of adoption. Later the British conferred the title of raja on the ruling mahant.[5][6]


Census 2011

As of the 2011 India census,[2] Rajnandgaon had a population of 1,537,133. Males constituted 50.19% of the population and females 49.81%. Rajnandgaon has an average literacy rate of 86.97%, male literacy is 91.19%, and female literacy is 82.98%.

Census 2001

As of 2001 India census,[7] Rajnandgaon had a population of 143,727. Males constituted 51% of the population and females 49%. Rajnandgaon had an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 65%. In Rajnandgaon, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Chhattisgarhi and Hindi are the main spoken languages in Rajnandgaon. Chhattisgarhi is the native language is of this town, besides being followed by Hindi. People from different parts of the country live here, so other languages are also spoken by a majority of people. Some people of the city also speak dialects of Hindi such as Rajisthani and Bastari Chhattisgarh.


Digvijay Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium and is mainly used for organizing matches of football, cricket and other sports. The stadium hosted four first-class matches [8] in 1988 when Madhya Pradesh cricket team played against Rajasthan cricket team.

Rajnandgaon was earlier known as NURSERY OF HOCKEY The International Hockey Stadium, which is Chhattisgarh's first international astroturf hockey stadium, is spread over an area of nearly 9.5 acres, and was built at an estimated cost of 22 crores. It was dedicated to the public on 17 January 2014 by state Governor Shekhar Dutt and chief minister Raman Singh.[9]


Rajnandgaon is located at 21°06′N 81°02′E / 21.10°N 81.03°E[10] in Chhattishgarh. It has an average elevation of 307 . metres (1010 feet).



Rajnandgaon railway station is on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line. The station comes under Nagpur Division of SECR. Local trains provide frequent service west to Dongargarh and Nagpur Station, and east to Raipur, while direct express trains are available for all the metros: New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Pune. Rajnandgaon railway station is the fourth busiest railway station of the state after Bilaspur, Raipur and Durg. Railway station consists of four well developed platforms. More than 190 trains passes from city. Direct connections are available for Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Nagpur, Gondia, Wardha, Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Hapa, Chennai, Trivandrum, Patna etc.


Rajnandgaon has two bus stands, Old Bus Stand and New Bus Stand. Bus connectivity is good for transportation to nearby cities and villages, but long distance bus connectivity is practically non-existent.

MSRTC under Bhandara Division provides bus services to Rajnandgaon from its various depots that interconnect Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Bhandara and Rajnandgaon have connected under the same link of NH6.

Notable people

Also, Rajnandgaon is associated with many famous political leaders.

  • Late Shivendra Bahadur Singh,former M.P.from Rajnandgaon constituency, Prince of Khairagarh, a prominent congress leader and a childhood friend of Rajiv Gandhi.
  • Late Kishorilal Shukla , former minister of Madhya Pradesh and a very powerful politician of his time.
  • Prabhat Tiwari, a close friend of late Kishorilal Shukla and a prominent congress leader.
  • Prashant Tiwari ,son of Prabhat Tiwari, a close friend of Shivendra Bahadur Singh,Ex-Shahar & Gramin Youth Congress President, Ex - executive chairman of Chhattisgarh State bar council and a prominent congress leader.
  • Dr. Raman Singh, Ex- Chief-minister of Chhattisgarh
  • Motilal Vora, ex-chief minister of the erstwhile Madhya Pradesh and currently a Rajya Sabha member.

See also


  1. ^ "Census of India Search details". censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "census 2011". Retrieved 29 January 2013. |first= missing |last= (help)
  3. ^ a b "official website of rajnandgaon".
  4. ^ "Official Website of District Rajnandgaon".
  5. ^ Chhattisgarh ki Riyaste/Princely stastes aur Jamindariyaa. Raipur: Vaibhav Prakashan. ISBN 81-89244-96-5.
  6. ^ Chhattisgarh ki Janjaatiyaa/Tribes aur Jatiyaa/Castes. Delhi: Mansi publication. ISBN 978-81-89559-32-8.
  7. ^ "census 2001". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  8. ^ First-class matches
  9. ^ PTI (20 January 2014). "Astro turf hockey stadium inaugurated in Chhattisgarh". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  10. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Raj Nandgaon

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