Shajapur District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state of central India. The town of Shajapur is the district headquarters.Total land for Agriculture in the district is about 446,000 hectares. Soyabeen is the major crop in this district. Main plants production is taken in 396,000 hectares. It is said that the original name was Shahjahanpur, which subsequently reduces to Shajapur.

The district was formerly a district of Gwalior State. When Gwalior acceded to the Government of India after Indian Independence in 1947, Shajapur District, along with the rest of Gwalior State, became part of Madhya Bharat state. Madhya Bharat was merged into Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 1956.

Shajapur is one of the 48 administrative districts of Madhya Pradesh . The district is situated in the northwestern region of the state forming a part of the Central Madhya Pradesh Plateau.Shajapur has a great historical background and it is said that the place has earned its name from the Moughal Emperor - Shahjahan. According to the historians, Shahjahan visited the area in 1640.

Location info:

Shajapur District is a part of the Central Madhya Pradesh Plateau- Ratlam plateau Micro region according to the present scheme of regional delineation. The district is situated in the northwestern part of the state and lies between latitudes 32"06' and 24" 19' North and longitude 75" 41' and 77" 02' East. The district is bounded by Ujjain in the west, Dewas and Sehore in the South, Rajgarh in the East and Jhalawar district of Rajasthan in the north.

History of Shajapur

Shajapur was recognised at the time of Shahjahan. . Observing the natural beuty of this area , Fauj of Shahjahan decided to take a halt here . This place was known as " Khankarakhedi " . Shahjahan and his fauj liked this place very much and consequently when Shahjahan became SAMRAT he considered the importance of this place for his Southern campaign .In 1640 Meer Bigo was appointed here as Koutwal . He with Shri jagannath Rawal prepared four DWARs in four directions . In centre a marketing centre was developed .

Consequently this area was populated gradually and converted in colony . Surrounding this place a wall was also prepared. Then in respect of king Shahjahan it was named as " Shahjahanpur" . In Shahajahanpur twelve areas were located named Magriya,Mahupura,Dansi,Muradpura,Vajeerpura, Kamreedpura,Lalpura, Dayra, Mugalpura, Golyakhedi, Juganbadi meerkala . Muradpura was named after Shahjahan's son and Muradpura and Meerkala were named after Meer Bigo himself .

It is said that Chadralekha river ( which is now Chiller) was flowing in North direction before but after establishment of huge fort and for its safety it was brought from East as a PARIKHA of the fort . So at the time of Shahjahan (1628-1658) Jama Maszid, so many temples etc. were developed . He was very satisfied with developments and he honored Shri Jagannath Rawal by giving Jageer of Moja magariya.

But at the time of Aurangjeb (1656-1707) , this area was totally ignored . After downfall of moughal dynasty , Shahjahanpur was brought in the Scindia state in 1732 and so many administrative changes were performed . The name "Shahjahanpur" was now " Shajapur" in this period only . A beautiful palace in the fort was also developed by Tarabai . In 1904 it was declared as a district .

Educational Institutions in Shajapur:

In Shajapur there are few schools and colleges are established. They are-


BalKrishna Sharma Naveen (BKSN) College, Shajapur. This college is affiliated with Vikram Uviversity, Ujjain.

Dayanand Saraswati Mahavidhalaya,Shajapur


Mahatma Gandhi Convent School, Shajapur.

Saraswti Shishu/Vidhya Mandir

School for Excellence (Govt.H.S. School No1)

Najmi High School.

Law Collegesin Shajapur, Madhya Pradeshoffering Legal Education including Civil Law, Criminal Law, Business Law, Forensic Law etc. and courses such as Bachelor of Law (BL), Master of Law (ML) etc:

Government JNS College, Shajapur

Government BSN College, Shajapur


Hindi and other regional languages


In the shajapur district MATA RAJESHWARI mandir is the famous place, famous JAIN MANDIR is located at MAKSHI.In NALKHEDA there is MATA BAGULAMUKHI,in AGAR there is BAIJNATH mandir,In SHUJALPUR ,JATASANKAR ,In SUNDARSI ,BHAGWAN MAHAKAL mandir is present.

People celebrates the number of festivals in the district. This district famous for the festivals like KANS VADHOTSAV and HOLI(five days holi).

Total land for Agricluture in the district is about four lacs and fourty six thousand hectares.Soyabeen is the major crop in this district.Main plants production is taken in three lac and 96 thousand hectares .

The entire District lies in the drainage area of the Chambal which is a major tributary of the Yamuna. The Chambal itself flows towards the north beyond the western boundary of the district. Its tributaries flowing in the district, are the Parbati, the Nawaj, the Kali Sindh, the Lakhundar, the Ahu and the Au and the Chhoti Kali Sindh .

Kans Vadotsav has been celebrated here for more than 150 years. This is a drama of religious and historical importance. People celebrate Kans Vadotsav in Shajapur on the occasion of Dashmi night. After Mathura it is celebrated in Shajapur, Madhyapradesh. It is said that the history of Kans Vadotsav is related to Govardhannath Temple. First this festival is known by the name of Kans Leela. KansVadotsav is story of strange and proud of Shajapur.

How to reach Shahdol?

Nearest Railway Station:

Here is railway line UJJAIN-BHOPAl,UJJAIN-GUNA and MAKSHI-INDORE On the the railway line UJJAIN-BHOPAL, MAKSHI,BERCHA,AKODIYA,SHUJALPUR, KALAPIPAL are the major railway stations.On the railway track UJJAIN-GUNA shajapur is the main railway station.

Nearest Airport:Indore Airport

Road Transport:

Districts main bus routes are AGRA-BOMBAY national high way AGAR-KOTA ,SHAJAPUR-SHUJALPUR,SHAJAPUR-AGAR. In the district nearly about two thousand two wheelers,800 four wheelers, and 200 buses are present.

Tourist Attraction of Shajapur:

Baijnath Mahadeo Mandir:

Commander Martin of Gorkha regiment of British chhavani was gone to a war . His wife went to Baijnath mahadeo and made a request for his returning. Then Martin successfully came back from war and a beautiful temple was constructed. This temple is about 4 km away from AGAR on the indore kota road.This mandir is located on the bank of the BANGANGA river. The construction of this mandir was Started 1528 and completed in 1536.SABHA MANDAP is in the front of the mandir which is opened from all four sides.The image of the river is the center of the SABHA MANDAP. Height of this mandir is about 50 feet from ground level. Height of the KALASH IS 4 feet.There is 17 feet deep KUND(WELL) on the back side of the mandir.Many historical mandirs are present in the campus of Baijnath Mandir ,such as BARAH MANDIR,GANESH MANDIR,BHERUBABA MANDIR, MANGALNATH HANUMAN MANDIR,GAYATRI MANDIR.

Bhainsava Matar Mandir:

This Mandir is located at village Bhainsava, which is 20 km away from SARANGPUR. This mandir is also known by the name BIJASAN MATA. BHAISAVA mata is the name because of ,BHAISAVMATA has killed BHAISASUR. Number of peoples visit to BHAISAVA MATA in the NAVRATRI. It is said that Mata appeared here before 1000 years.That time there was only a platform which is now converted in a big temple. Peoples from different places visit here for worship. On the occasion of BASANT PANCHMI a fair is organised here.


KAREDI MATA MANDIR is 10 km away from the shajapur . This mandir is also known as KANKAVATI MATA. KAREDI MATA MANDIR is the main worship place of MALWA. This mandir was established by the king KARNA of mahabharata time . On The shoulder of the mata,there is JALKUND,which is totally full of water everytime. Number of deovtees come to KAREDI MATA from different places. .Marks of SNAKE are also present on the murtis. MELAS are organised here on tuesday during RANGAPANCHAMI. MAHADEO MANDIR is also here,which is above this mandir. CHAMPAS tree is in fornt of this mandir. The "naga chinha" can be found here on several idols which is the indications of Naga Vanshi dynesty.


Temple of MATA BAGULAMUKHI is very famous in Nalkheda. It is very ancient. This temple is famous for TANTRIK SADHNA after UJJAIN. Hanuman mandir is on the east of kasba. PANCHMUKHI HANUMAN mandir is in the centre. Outside of the kasba GANESH mandir is present. MATA BAGULAMUKHI is situated on the bank of the river lakshmana on the north-west.


This is the historical place of SHAJAPUR. SHAJAPUR is situated on the AGRA-BOMBAY ROAD and also on the bank of the river CHILLER.RAJRAJESHWARI MATA MANDIR is situated on the bank of the river CHILER on west.According to ancient history ,300 years ago in 1781 MANIBAI PALTAN has donated the 4 BHIGA 2 BISAVA .IN 1791 TARABAI has donated 4106/- rupees to the construction of this mandir. Height of the MURTI is about 6 feet.SABHA MANDAP which is infront mandir is established in 1734.

In that mandir murtis of RIDDHI-SIDDHI ANd GANPATI ARE also there.One well is the area of this mandir .DHARMSALA is also established by BHAKTAS. This mandir is the center of ASTHA.


This is one of the famous mandir in INDIA. This mandirs area is equal to the half the area of maksi Mandirs of the panth DIGAMBER-SHWETAMBER as well as VAISHANAVI DEVI are in maksi.In main mandir there is murti of PARSHAVNATH BHAGWAN There are two panths of jain community namely SHWETAMBAR AND DIGAMBAR Jain teerth place is about 2000 years old. All the walls of the mandir are wet .It is siad that in the area of this mandir theft is impossible.


HARSIDDHI AND KALBHAIRAV mandir is located at village SUNDARSI which is 30 km away from the district headquarters.The old name of the SUNDARSI was SUNDARGAD. Vikramdityas sister Sundrbai was married with the king of SUNDARGAD RAJA BHAGWAT SINGH. SUNDARBAI was the student of BHAGWAN MAHAKAL and MATA HARSIDDHI. These mandirs are established by the KING RAJA VIKRAMADITYA. The KAL BHAIRAV MANDIR is situated at the bank of the river KALSINDH. This mandir is like the mandir KALBHERAV at UJJAIN.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Shahdol:

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