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JABALPUR- Is an ancient city in central India situated in the heart of India on shores of holy river Narmada and lying in plains of tributaries Hiran and Gour and Ken and Sone. Narmada River valley having world famous Marble Rocks the only of its kind in the world where the whole river flows for nearly 2 Kms. in between varied coloured and tinted marble rocks with a deep water fall. Its cardinal point are 23 degree 10'N latitude and 79 degree 57' E longitude with altitude of 393 meters mean sea level.
World Famous`DHUADHAR' Water Falls

Jabalpur is well connected by National highway-7 (Nagpur-Varanasi) Broad gauge and meter gauge railway lines and Skeleton air service. It is Divisional and district headquarter with about 14 lacs population. It is on Deccan Pleatue with Ht of 393 meters and surrounded on all sides by most ancient basalt rocks with thick forest all-round having about 1386 mm rainfall. The highest maximum temperature 46.7 C was recorded on 25th May 1924 and lowest minimum was zero degree on 29th December 1905.

The topography of Jabalpur is unique. The city is surrounded by low, rocky, and barren hillocks. Some of which form a barrier for continuous development of urban form and restrict inter-links between various parts of the city. Kariapather hillock to the north-east, Sita Pahad and Kandhari hills to the east, Madan Mahal hills and rocks outcrops to the south-west. Railway line girding the city like a "horse shoe" had its due influence in the growth of urban form. The main water reservoir of Khandari and Pariyat are located to the north-east direction of the city. Recently water is also drawn from Narmada River by Public Health Dept.

The main crops are wheat, rice, pulses, oilseeds, maize etc. Nearby is Bargi Dam on the river Narmada for irrigation, water supply and power generation. The town is surrounded by several lakes and water tank used for culture in them and in rivers. Besides the area is rich in limestone, refractory clay, bauxite, iron ore, manganese and other deposits. Three Cement plants several fireclay refractories lime stone kilns and good industrial estates nearby. Beside defence factories like GCF, Vehicle factory, G.I.F. and Ordnance factory depot.

The name is said to be derived from Saint Jabali Pattanam or Jabal (in Arabic meaning rocks). It is Geologist and Archeologists paradise as all sorts of rocks and monuments are present. The excavation by Archeological department dates back to 4000 years and in 1930 full skeleton of Dinosaur was found. In vedic language and also in Ramayana and Mahabharat the Tripuri is described (Near Jabalpur) and according to some ancient historians the Lanka of Ramayana was in this area. The area had been earlier ruled by Chedies and Kalchuries. The famous temple of 64 yoginies near Bheraghat marble rocks is testimony of earlier education and civilisation The Balancing Rock

Later the area came under the Gond Princes when in 16th century famous Rani Durgavati laid down her life fighting the Moghul empire. Thereafter it was ruled by the Peshwas and then came under British rule and was made headquarter of 12 districts. There was also proposal of shifting Indian capital to Jabalpur which did not materialise. Clock Tower, Famine Smarak, Soldier's smarak, Townhall, are memorials of martyrs. The city played vital role during 1857 Mutiny and in Pakistan/China war giving martyrs to nation. A combined memorial was built recently for civil and defence service martyrs.

The Madan Mahal Fort

Politically under Lokmanya Tilak's direction Jhanda Satyagraha was launched with success (who visited 3 times) Mahatma Gandhi visited 4 times and famous Congress session was held at Tripuri (Jabalpur) in 1939 when Late Subhash Chandra Bose was elected the congress President against the wishes of Mahatma Gandhi. Methodology of two thoughts to achieve freedom was formulated in the session. A memorial Kamania gate was erected in city.


Later Shaheed Smarak and Mahatma Gandhi smarak was erected. Even after independence this city had been very active politically and produced politicians like Pt. D.P. Mishra, Seth Govind Das, Pt. Kunjilal Dubey, Shri Parmanandbhai Patel, Smt. Ratna Kumari Devi, Smt. Jayashree Banerjee, Babu Jagmohandas, Babu Manmohandas, Thakur Laxmansingh Chauhan, Bhawani Prasad Tiwari, Beohar Rajendra Singh, Baburao Pranjpe etc.


Jabalpur is a big Defence and Military Center having Army Officers school (Now College of Defence Management) where veteran military Generals took training. Also it has large Defence factories like Gun Carriage Factory, Ordnance Factory, Vehicle Factory, Grey Iron Foundry, EME workshop, Central Ordnance Depot, Signal's center and Army Area Head Quarters with 2 Lt General rank officer's. Besides there is big Cantonment and M.E.O. Canteen stores Deptt etc.

Jabalpur is seat of Madhya Pradesh High Court (having Hon. Justice M.Hidayatullah and later vice President of India as the first chief justice.) It has produced famous judges like Hon Justice V.R. Sen, Justice A.P. Sen, J.B. Sen, J.S. Verma, R.K. Tankha and several others besides Hon. Justice Gulab Gupta who has been Chairman of the M.P. Human Rights Commission and Vice Chanceller of Rani Durgavati University.

Jabalpur also has the headquarters of West Central Railway Zone, M.P. State Electricity Board, Homeguards and some Government Departments of Centre and State. The Telecom factory, Telegraph workshop and Bharat Ratna Dr. Bheemrao Ambedkar Telecom Training Centre and other Postal Departments, Survey of India etc. are several offices worth mentioning.

Jabalpur has been and is great education centre having two Universities Rani Durgavati University and Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University and having about 30 colleges with all faculties like engineering, medical, veterinary, teacher's training, arts, science, commerce, law, theology etc.The old Roberston College is more than 135 yrs old, besides 87 years old Spence Training College for teachers. Recently the Central Govt. has proposed to establish Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Jabalpur.

VINOBA BHAVE the modern saint philosopher of India christened this city as SANSKAR DHANI- the capital of various cultural influences. He was impressed by its cosmopolitan character and communal harmony. The city has sizeable population of people from Bengal, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and South India who live in total harmony peace and add richness to the life in the city. One can also see the fusion of cultures in this city.

Jabalpur has also given to the world, philosophers like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of Transcendental Meditation fame and Osho (Bhagwaan Rajneesh). Jabalpur has been centre of ancient music with music Colleges and great Cultural centre for arts, drama and has produced several famous musicians, dramatists, cinema actors, mono players, magicians etc. In sports it has been buzzing with activities for nearly a century. Famous J.E.A.A. Tournament and other national tournaments are regularly held. Col. Sir Navil Francis first designed snooker (Billiards) in 1875 at Jabalpur. The table is the pride of Nurbbuda Club. In cricket Shree Chandu Sarwate won Ranji Trophy and represented Indian team against England, Australia and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Women also had been great sports persons in Jabalpur and Avinash Sidhu (Awarded Vikram Award in 1975), Madhu Yadav and others have made mark in sports.

Industrially it has now four Industrial Estates with several small and medium scale industries. The largest among Cottage industries is the Biri manufacturing (No mechanisation anywhere). Since last 10 years Readymade Garment industry has made its mark. There are around 300 small and medium units manufacturing Salwar Suits, Shirts etc. being marketed all over India. Due to lack of infrastructure large industries have not come up as yet.

How to get There:

Jabalpur is one of the important stations on the Allahabad-Itarsi section of the Howrah-Mumbai Main Railway line. It has direct railway route to all the major cities of the country. Direct trains are available to Mumbai, Howrah, Delhi, Varanasi, Secunderabad, bangalore, Patna, Cochin, Chennai, Lukhnow, Rajkot,Surat,Guwahati,etc.

On the Road-map Jabalpur is on the NH-7. It is connected to impotant neighbouring cities like Nagpur, Raipur, Bhopal, Allahabad, Sagar Etc. by road. Frequent Government as well as private buses are available to these places.

Jabalpur has an air-strip (Dumna Airport ) at a distance of about 20 Kms from the city-centre. Jabalpur is connected to Delhi, Bhopal, Indore and Mumbai by air and daily flights are available to these places.


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