Dantewada (also known as Dantewara) is a town and a municipality, or nagar palika. in the Dantewada district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India.It is the administrative headquarters of Dantewada District. It is the fourth largest city of Bastar division. The town is named after the goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the Danteshwari Temple located in the town, 80 km from the Jagdalpur town. The goddess is worshipped as an incarnation of Shakti and the temple is held to be one of the fifty-two sacred Shakti Peethas.Dantewada Town is well connected by broad gauge railway line from Visakhapatnam. The Nearest city to Dantewada is Visakhapatnam

Dantewada is located in Chhattisgarh
Dantewada is located in India
Coordinates: 18°54′00″N 81°20′20″E / 18.9000°N 81.339°E / 18.9000; 81.339Coordinates: 18°54′00″N 81°20′20″E / 18.9000°N 81.339°E / 18.9000; 81.339
Country India
351 m (1,152 ft)
 • Total13,633
 • OfficialHindi, Halbi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationCG-18


Dantewada is located at 18°54′00″N 81°21′00″E / 18.9000°N 81.3500°E / 18.9000; 81.3500.[1] It has an average elevation of 351 meters (1154 feet). Dantewada city is situated on the river banks of Shankani and Dankini rivers.

Places of interestEdit

Danteshwari templeEdit

One of the Shaktipeethas of India, Maa Danteshwari temple is in Dantewada. The presiding deity of Dantewada is goddess Danteshwari. World-famous Bastar Dussehra which is also the longest festival of world, starts from Dantewada Shaktipeeth.

Dholkal GaneshaEdit

Ganesha idol at a height of 3000 feet is amidst the lush green forests of Bailadila ranges. Path to the peak is full of beautiful sightings. Tourists are visiting Dholkal for real adventure.

Phoolpad waterfallsEdit

Phoolpad waterfall is a waterfall with scenic ambience. Recently, District Administration Dantewada started river rappelling to boost tourism in the area.


Known as "the city of temples and lakes", Barsoor has a great historical significance. Grandeur architecture of the temples speak out the glorious history of Barsoor. Twin Ganesha idol, Mama Bhancha temple, Chandraditya temple and Battisha temple are some of them.

Saathdhara waterfallsEdit

6 kilometers from Barsoor, there is a bridge which connects Abujhmarh with Barsoor. The bridge is on Indravati river and before it, there is a trek of around two kilometers to reach the waterfall. Indravati river streams are separated by seven sub-streams and flows through rocky terrain and forms Saathdhara waterfall.

Administrative divisionsEdit

Dantewada Tehsil is divided into thirty eight gram panchayats, each one of which has jurisdiction over one or more villages.[2]


As of 2011 India census,[3] Dantewada had a population of 13,633. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Dantewada had an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 78% and, female literacy was 61%. In 2001 in Dantewada, 14% of the population was under 6 years of

Educational institutesEdit

1- Government Danteshwari PG College Dantewada http://www.pgcollegedantewada.com

2. College of Agriculture, Chitalanka, Dantewada

3. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chitalanka, Dantewada http://www.kvdantewada.com/home.php

4. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Barsoor, Dantewada http://www.jnvbarsoor.in

5. Govt Model Higher Secondary School, Dantewada

6. NMDC Polytechnic College Dantewada http://nmdcdavpoly.in

Notable personEdit

Mahendra Karma was a politician of Indian National Congress who was assassinated by Maoists in 2013.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics.Dantewara
  2. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Village Panchayat Names of Dantewada, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 12 November 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.