Harda is a city and a municipality in Harda district in the state of Madhya Pradesh. On 18 May 1867 British established the 'Nagar Palika' in Harda. Harda District was created in 6th July 1998, when it was divided from Hoshangabad District.In Harda district, there are Three main rivers namely the Narmada, Ganjaal & the Maachak.

Harda is very rich district in Agriculture. The land of Harda is very much fertile for the agriculture.Harda District is bounded by the districts of Sehore to the north, Hoshangabad to the northeast, Betul to the southeast, Khandwa to the south & west, and Dewas to the northwest. Harda lies in the Narmada River valley, and the Narmada forms the district's northern boundary. The land rises towards the Satpura Range to the south.

There are some demographers who have tried to enlighten people with the demographical data of the Harda city as a whole. The Census report of India that has been brought out in the year 2001 is quite significant. Truly, it has thrown light on literacy situation as well as the population status. As per its report, the total population has been enumerated to be 61,712. Out of the total population, males comprises of 52 percent, while the female populace constitute of 48 percent. In Harda, 14 percent of the total population is below six years of age.

What is really interesting is that Harda has an average literacy rate of 74 percent . It is higher than the average of the entire nation, which is counted to be 59.5 percent. Out of it, male literacy rate has been measured to be 80 percent, and female literacy rate is as much as 67 percent.

he district of Harda holds a total area of 998.41 sq. km.The district has a population of 1,90,264.

The Harda district has a historical and religious significance. Harda district has given birth to many freedom fighters who selflessly sacrificed their lives for the independence of India.

Shri Siddi Vinayak Mandir, Shri Laxmi Narayan Bada Mandir and the Sivlinda at Shri Laxmi Narayan Bada Mandir are important places of tourist interest in the district.

Harda was carved out of Hoshangabad in 1998. It forms a part of Jabalpur Division of Madhya Pradesh. Harda lies in the Narmada River valley, and the Narmada forms the district's northern boundary. The land rises towards the Satpura range to the south.

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Harda District is a district of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Harda is the district headquarters. The district is part of Narmadapuram Division. Madhya Pradesh state is made up of 46 districts, which are grouped into seven divisions. The district of Harda has a total area of 998.41 sq. km. The district has a population of 4,74,416 (Cencus 2001)

The district is situated 302m higher from the sea level. Its Geographic Position is between 210 53’ & 220 36’ Longitude and between 760 47’& 770 20’ Latitude.

Harda district is located in the southwestern part of Madhya Pradesh. It is predominantly a tribal area where the Korku and the Gond tribal groups form two-thirds of the total population.


The climate of Harda district is normal. All the seasons come in the district. An average height from the sea level is 302 mts. The district feels maximum temperature up to 470C and minimum up to 120C. The district has an average rain fallof 916 mm.

History of Harda

In the 'Mugal' History a prosperous village Handiya was situated on the west of Harda.

After some years the area of Harda and Mahemudabad get increased .

In the time of British rule , British tried to bring Harda in the progressive frame work. Harda got situated by combining KulHarda and Mehmudabad Villages.

After getting the Railway line Harda gets developed rapidly. In 1857 British officers worked here as Judge and Administrative Officers.

Harda was one of the larger place in the old 'Madhya Prant' and includes area of 'SiwniMalwa.' In the ascept of language ,Harda language and culture is having effect of 'Malwa' and 'Nimad' Mainly the language which is used in Harda is known as Bhuani and the region is called as the Bhuana area. Bhuana stands for the more fertilized land .

In the south hill region of Harda we can find the Tribal ,'Gond' and 'Korku' peoples. Previously in the south region of Harda there was 'Makdai' rule and the 'Gond' king was the ruler . The 'Bihola' village of harda was the developed 'Rajaswa' center in 'Mugal' .

The area which was called as 'Gondwana' becomes non tribal in the British rule. As the workers, administration officials , farmers and business community was in touch with the states like Maharashtra , Rajasthan , Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat from last 150 years the area got influenced by the culture of all these states.

On 18 May 1867 British established the 'Nagar Palika ' in Harda and from 1920 the work was done as per the republic manner. The under ground Drainage in Harda is best example of the British architect . For administration purpose Tahsil Harda was establised in the year 1913.

In the struggle for the freedom of India, Harda freedom fighters were in the first row. In 1916 Lokamanya Tilak visited Harda which had given more power to congress in Harda. On 08-12-1933 Mahatma Gandhi visited Harda for the Harijan welfare . Bapuji traveled Harda for 4 hours. Bapuji admired the work of officials and volunteers of Harda .

Harda is the birth place for the Prof. MahseshDattji Meshr who was very closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi.

On 15 Aug 1947 S.D.O Shri Beretha hosted the Indian flag on the police station of Harda.

Educational Institutions in Harda:

Science colleges in Harda usually offer B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) and a similar post graduation course for 2 years duration called the M.Sc. (Master of Science). Colleges for science in Harda have been planning to make the course much more lucrative and useful to students; therefore a proposal was made to the Indian government asking them to make to course to be of 4 year duration. The UGC (University Grants Commission) is looking up at this and has taken a few decisions in this regard, if colleges of science in Harda are able to make the course much more structured and well poised for the future, then it would surely be good for all those students who are planning to pursue the course in the near future. There are also many science universities in Harda, which provides different science programs and gives out the science degree.

There are so many institutes in harda such as food science colleges in Harda, arts & science colleges in Harda, computer science colleges in Harda, forensic science colleges in Harda, home science colleges in Harda, veterinary science colleges in Harda, aeronautical science colleges in Harda, government science colleges in Harda, private science colleges in Harda.

One popular School is Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya School


Hindi and other regional languages

How to reach Harda?

Nearest Railway Station:

Harda is freely connected by road and rail from the state capital, Bhopal and it is about 168 kms. away from it. It is connected by rail with all major cities of the state. All Three Blocks Headquarters namely Harda, Khirkiya and Timarni are well connected by road and rail.

Nearest Airport:Bhopal Airport
Road Transport:Harda is well connected to some parts of Madhya Pradesh and India with national and state highways.

Tourist Attraction of Harda:

Riddeshwar Mandir Handia

Nemawar Narmada Ghat

View of Handiya Narmada Ghat

Another View of Riddeshwar Temple

Charwa Mandir

Mahabharat Era Chakraview

Cheepaner Ghat

Narmada River View at Handiya

Shri. Siddhi Vinayak Mandir, Indore Road Harda (M.P.)

Shri. Laxmi Narayan, Bada Mandir Harda (M.P.)

ShivLing At Laxmi Narayan Bada Mandir, Harda

Pad Chin Baba Sodalpur

Kanha baba mandir Sodalpur

Ram Janki Mandir Bhadugaon

Shiv Ling at Sirali

Rest House at Makdai

Makdai Mandir

Makdai River

Historical artillery at Makdai

Kala Kriti (GondaGaon)

Nemawar Narmada Ghat