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Mahendragarh district

Mahendragarh district is one of the 22 districts of Haryana state in northern India. The district occupies an area of 1,899 km². The district has a population of 912,680 (2011 census). Narnaul city is the administrative headquarters of the district. Mahendragarh is one of the very few districts in India where the name of the district and its main town are different.

Mahendragarh district
District of Haryana
Location of Mahendragarh district in Haryana
Location of Mahendragarh district in Haryana
Country India
State Haryana
Administrative division Narnaul, Mahendragarh and Kanina
Headquarters Narnaul
Tehsils 1. Narnaul, 2. Mahendragarh ,3. Kanina, 4.Ateli
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Bhiwani-Mahendragarh (shared with Bhiwani district)
 • Assembly seats 4
 • Total 1,899 km2 (733 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 921,680
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
 • Urban 13.49%
 • Literacy 69.89%
Website Official website

Mahendragarh is a part of the Ahirwal region in which members of the Yadav community dominate.There are 110 village of Yadav community here.

As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Haryana (out of 21), after Panchkula and Rewari.[1]


Origin of nameEdit

The district is named after Mahendragarh town, which was previously known as Kanaud. The previous name was derived from the Kanaudia group of Brahmins. It was founded by Malik Mahdud Khan, a servant of Babur.

University in MahendergarhEdit

Central University of Haryana

Mahendragarh FortEdit

There is a fort at Mahendragarh which was built by Maratha ruler, Tantia Tope during the 19th century. This fort was named as Mahendragarh in 1861 by Narendra Singh, the ruler of Patiala, in honour of his son, Mahendra Singh and consequently the town came to be known as Mahendragarh. The name of Narnaul Nizamat was changed to "Mahendragarh Nizamat".

Other nearby fort is Madhogarh Fort on top of the hill near Madhogarh village.


Mahendragarh district was formed in 1948 by grouping different tracts of erstwhile princely states; Narnaul and Mahendragarh tehsils from Patiala State, Dadri (Charkhi Dadri) from Jind State and a part of Bawal nizamat from Nabha State. It became a part of Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU) state. On 1 November 1956, with the merger of PEPSU with Punjab, it became a part of Punjab state and with the formation of Haryana state in 1966, it became a part of the newly formed state. Rewari tehsil of Gurgaon district was added to it in 1972 but Rewari tehsil was made a separate district in 1989.


The district lies between north latitude 27°47’ to 28°26’ and east longitude 75°56’ to 76°51’. It is bounded on the north by Bhiwani and Rewari districts, on the east by Rewari district and Alwar district of Rajasthan, on the south by Alwar, Jaipur and Sikar districts of Rajasthan, and on the west by Sikar and Jhunjhunu districts of Rajasthan.


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Mahendergarh one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[2] It is one of the two districts in Haryana currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[2]


Dhosi Hill is an important tourist site in the District. Known as Chyawan Rishi Ashram it is a Vedic period site. It is here that Chyawanprash was formulated for the first time.


Mahendragarh district is divided into 5 tehsils, Narnaul, Nangal Chowdhary, Kanina Mahendragarh, and Ateli. There are 4 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district: Ateli, Mahendragarh, Narnaul and Nangal Chaudhry. All of these are part of Bhiwani-Mahendragarh Lok Sabha constituency.[3]


According to the 2011 census Mahendragarh district has a population of 921,680,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Fiji[4] or the US state of Delaware.[5] This gives it a ranking of 462nd in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 485 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,260/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 13.43%.[1] Mahendragarh has a sex ratio of 778 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 78.9%.[1]

Religion in Mahendragarh District (2011)[6]

  Hinduism (99.04%)
  Islam (0.61%)
  Sikhism (0.19%)
  Jainism (0.07%)
  Christianity (0.03%)
  Buddhism (0.01%)
  Other or none (0.04%)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Order, 2008" (PDF). The Election Commission of India. p. 157.
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Fiji 883,125 July 2011 est.
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Delaware 897,934
  6. ^ "Population by religion community - 2011". Census of India, 2011. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 25 August 2015.

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