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Burhanpur is a small city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the administrative seat of Burhanpur District. It is situated on the north bank of the Tapti River,and 340 kilometres (211 mi) southwest of the state's capital city Of Bhopal. The city is a Municipal Corporation.


Gateway Of Deccan  India
Burhanpur is located in Madhya Pradesh
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Burhanpur is located in India
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Coordinates: 21°18′N 76°14′E / 21.3°N 76.23°E / 21.3; 76.23Coordinates: 21°18′N 76°14′E / 21.3°N 76.23°E / 21.3; 76.23
StateMadhya Pradesh
 • MayorAnil Bhau Bhosle
 • Total181.06 km2 (69.91 sq mi)
247 m (810 ft)
 • Total210,891
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code(+91) 7325
ISO 3166 codeIN-MP
Vehicle registrationMP-68



Burhapur is a historical city that is well connected to other cities of India via railway network. The city has one railway station, while regular buses are available for travel to nearby cities. The closest airport is Indore Airport, which is present on north side of the city. Within the city, private cars and cabs are available for hire. Good road connectivity is present, and due to it, goods are comfortably transported to other cities via truck.


The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan hunting wild lions in Burhanpur (July 1630)

Pre-Mughal periodEdit

Burhanpur was an important city under the Rashtrakuta Dynasty from 753–982. Excavations of the Tapti River and Asirgarh Fort have discovered many coins, goddess idols and temples from the prehistoric era. However, Burhanpur came to prominence during the medieval period.

In 1388, Malik Nasir Khan, the Faruqi dynasty Sultan of Khandesh, discovered Burhanpur, at the behest of Shaikh Zainuddin and renamed it after a well-known medieval Sufi saint, Burhan-ud-Din. Burhanpur became the capital of the Khandesh sultanate. Later, Miran Adil Khan II (reigned 1457–1501), another sultan of this dynasty, built a citadel and a number of palaces in Burhanpur.[1] During his long reign, Burhanpur was transformed into a major centre for trade and textile production.

Under the MughalsEdit

In 1601, the Mughal emperor Akbar annexed the Khandesh sultanate and Burhanpur became the capital of Khandesh subah,[2] one of three new top-level provinces in the Mughal empire, added in 1601 (like Berar subah in 1869 and Ahmadnagar subah in 1601–35) to the initial dozen as he conquered much of the Deccan. Khandesh was renamed Danesh after Akbar's son Daniyal. In 1609, Mughal emperor Jahangir appointed his second son Parviz to the governorship of the Mughal provinces of the Deccan, and the prince chose Burhanpur as his headquarters and his residence.

Royal bath or hammam Shahi qila Burhanpur

Burhanpur became a beautiful city, and many historical monuments survive in its expanse, mainly dating from the rule of the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Burhanpur was an important Mughal outpost. Shah Jahan spent a considerable amount of time in this city, and helped add to the Shahi Qila. The Shahi Qila is one majestic palace in Burhanpur, located to the west of the Tapti River. Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas were built on the terrace of the Qila. Little of it remains today, as the Qila is mostly in ruins. However, the parts of the palace that are still standing display exquisite sculpture and carvings. The main attraction at the palace is the hamam or royal bath. It was specifically built for Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz Mahal so that she could enjoy a luxurious bath. It is said that she died there while giving birth to her fourteenth child. Even today, the ceiling has many intricate paintings. One of these paintings depicts a monument which is said to have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, her final resting place.[3] She was initially buried there for six months before being moved. The original grave called the Aahukhana is in disrepair.[4][5]

Maratha conquestEdit

In 1705, Santaji Ghorpade attacked Burhanpur and Khandesh subha to force the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to deploy more forces in Khandesh. This in turn relieved some of the pressure on Karnataka and Maratha swarajya from Mughal armies.

In 1720s, the city was taken by the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao during his reign to Malwa and Delhi[clarification needed] by a Maratha army under Sadashivrao Bhau who defeated the Nizam of Hyderabad and took control of the town. In 1761 the Maratha lost control of the city to the Third Battle of Panipat.

At the downfall of the Maratha Empire, the city was given to Maratha Sardar Holkar, Scindia, and then finally in 1818 was handed over to British by the Marathas.[6]


Burhanpur is situated on the southwestern border of Madhya Pradesh, near the banks of the Tap(t)i River.


As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Burhanpur in 2011 is 210,886; of which male and female are 108,187 and 102,699 respectively. In education section, total literates in Burhanpur city are 147,056 of which 79,316 are males while 67,740 are females. Average literacy rate of Burhanpur city is 80.82 percent of which male and female literacy was 85.15 and 76.28 percent.Total children (0-6) in Burhanpur city are 28,930 as per figure from Census India report on 2011. There were 15,035 boys while 13,895 are girls. The child forms 13.72% of total population of Burhanpur City. 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%.


Dargah -e-Hakimi garden

Burhanpur was ruled by several dynasties,[7] and consequently has many visitor attractions of historical interest. It has three rivers, the Tapti, the Utavali and the Mohna, with several natural sights for visitors to Burhanpur. This small town has four small ghats. Being the home of a very diverse population, Burhanpur has a notable Gurudwara,[8] Masjid,[9] Church, a world-famous Dargah[10] and many notable temples including Swami Narayan Temple and Ganesh Temple.

  • Asirgarh Fort – The fort built by Asa Ahir of the Ahir dynasty is notable for its historical architecture. This fort during its prime time was difficult to win because of being built at a great height, with strong outer walls which are still standing intact. It is situated on Burhanpur-Khandwa Highway, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Burhanpur.
  • Shahi Qila – A rare fort with a complete garden on its terrace. It was built in the Farooqi Dynasty and ruled by Shahjahan for a long period of time. His beloved wife Mumtaz died here and it is believed that the Taj Mahal was decided to be made in Burhanpur before the plan was cancelled due to lack of white marble here at the time, though Mumtaz was buried here for six months after her death until Taj Mahal construction was completed.
  • Jama Masjid – The Jama Masjid is a historic monument as well as a place of worship. It is centrally located in Gandhi Chowk. The construction of Jama Masjid started in Farooqi rule. The construction of the monument took very long and continued even after Farooqi leader Adil Shah's demise. Then Emperor Akbar supervised and completed the work of the Masjid. There are two large minarets, three round cupolas and extensive artwork on its symmetric pillars which are well conserved.[9]
  • Dargah-e-Hakimi – The tomb complex 'Dargah-e-Hakimi' includes mosques, gardens, and accommodation facilities for visitors. Here the holy Dawoodi Bohra saint, Saiyedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin is buried, with his monument visited by pilgrims from several countries.
  • Shanwara Gate


Burhanpur is best known for its textile industry. It is the largest hub for the power loom industry in the state. It is also known for having one NTC (National Textile Corporation) project, 'Tapti Mills', and two privately-owned spinning mills with the latest state-of-the-art technology. 300-350 textile companies are best known for interlining cloth, Grey Markin, Bleached Dhoti, Cambric, Power loom Cloth bakram and other types of fabric. 'Texmo Pipes' is the NSE noted industry, Balaji industry both manufactures pipes and agriculture equipment. There are also several cotton and oil mills in the city. It is the main hub of the textile industry in India.[citation needed]

Apart from this, it is the largest banana producer in Madhya Pradesh.


  1. ^ Shyam, Radhey (1981), The Kingdom of Khandesh, Delhi:Idarah-i-Adabiyat-i-Delli, p.21
  2. ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. p. 164. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Safvi, Rana (2 April 2017). "In neglected Burhanpur, where Mumtaz Mahal once rested". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ Nair, Ramakrishnan M & Sanjeev. "Video: Why Burhanpur, not Agra, was Shah Jahan's first choice for the Taj Mahal". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ Jaswant Lal Mehta (1 January 2005). Advanced Study in the History of Modern India 1707-1813. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. pp. 212–. ISBN 978-1-932705-54-6. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  7. ^ "History of Burhanpur, British Rule in Burhanpur, Origin of Burhanpur". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Gurduwara Bari Sangat (Burhanpur) - SikhiWiki, free Sikh encyclopedia". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Burhanpur Tourism, Tourist Places in Burhanpur, Sightseeing Burhanpur". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Things to Do - Dargah E Hakimi Burhanpur, Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh". Retrieved 19 October 2015.

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