|Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh
|42,179 km2 (16,285 sq mi)
|250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Bagelkhand or Baghelkhand is a proposed state and a mountain range in central India that covers the northeastern regions of Madhya Pradesh and a small area of southeastern Uttar Pradesh.
Baghelkhand was known as Dahala in the 6th–12th century, the region was ruled by the Venvanshi dynasty with its stronghold at Kalinjar Fort till the 14th century after which the Vaghela ruled the western part of Dahala and the Venvanshis the latter part. The area got its current name after Vaghela Rajput kings in the 14th century, later it was absorbed state.
The Bagelkhand Agency was a British political unit which managed the relations of the British with a number of autonomous princely states existing outside British India, namely Singrauli (Venvanshi), Rewa and 11 minor states, of which the most prominent were Maihar, Nagod and Sohawal. Other principalities included Jaso, Kothi, Baraundha (aka Patharkachhar) as well as the Kalinjar Chaubes, consisting of the princely estates of Paldeo, Kamta-Rajaula, Tarauwhan, Pahra and Bhaisaunda.
Bagelkhand is surrounded by the Indo-Gangetic plains in the north and east, Bundelkhand in the west and the Vindhya range in the south.
Currently it divided between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It includes the Madhya Pradesh districts Rewa, Satna, Shahdol, Sidhi of Madhya Pradesh and Chitrakoot of Uttar Pradesh.
The inhabitants of Bagelkhand are called Bagheli and they speak the Bagheli language which is also designated as a dialect of Hindi.