Bagelkhand or Baghelkhand is a region and also a mountain range in central India that covers the northeastern regions of Madhya Pradesh and a small area of southeastern Uttar Pradesh.

Location of Bagelkhand in India
Location of Bagelkhand in India
Location of Baghelkhand
Location of Baghelkhand
Location of Baghelkhand
Location of Baghelkhand
Location of Baghelkhand
Baghelkhand (India)
Coordinates: Coordinates: 24°30′N 81°12′E / 24.5°N 81.2°E / 24.5; 81.2
Country India
StateMadhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh
Covering territory
LanguagesBagheli language dialect of Hindustani (Hindi)


Map of the Central India Agency with the Bagelkhand Agency at the eastern end


Baghelkhand was known as Dahala 6th–12th century, Kalachuri dynasty with stronghold at Kalinjar Fort. The area got its current name after Baghela Rajputs in the 14th century, later it was absorbed into Rewa state.[1]

Bagelkhand AgencyEdit

The Bagelkhand Agency was a British political unit which managed the relations of the British with a number of autonomous princely states existing outside British India, namely Rewa and 11 minor states, of which the most prominent were Maihar, Nagod and Sohawal. Other principalities included Jaso, Kothi, Baraundha (aka Patharkachhar) as well as the Kalinjar Chaubes, consisting of the princely estates of Paldeo, Kamta-Rajaula, Taraon, Pahra and Bhaisaunda.[2]


Bagelkhand is surrounded by the Indo-Gangetic plains in the north and east, Bundelkhand in the west and the Vindhya range in the south.[1]


Regions of Uttar Pradesh

Currently it divided between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It includes the Madhya Pradesh districts Rewa, Satna, Shahdol, Sidhi, and Singrauli of Madhya Pradesh and Chitrakoot of Uttar Pradesh.[1]


The inhabitants of Bagelkhand are called Bagheli and they speak the Bagheli language which is also designated as a dialect of Hindi.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Baghelkhand | historical region, India". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ Malleson, G. B. An historical sketch of the native states of India, London 1875, Reprint Delhi 1984

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