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Jalna district
Satavahana ruins in Rohilagad
Satavahana ruins in Rohilagad
Golden Crib/hammock
Location in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra
Jalna district
Country India
Established1 May 1981
 • BodyJalna Zilla Parishad
 • Guardian MinisterAtul Save
(Cabinet Minister Mha)
 • President Zilla Parishad
  • President
    Mr. Uttam Wankhede
  • Vice President
    Mr. Mahendra Pawar
 • District Collector
  • Dr. Vijay Rathod (IAS)
 • CEO Zilla Parishad
  • Shri. Manuj Jindal (IAS)
 • MPs
 • Total7,687 km2 (2,968 sq mi)
 • Total1,959,046
 • Density209/km2 (540/sq mi)
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-MH
Tehsils1. Jalna 2. Ambad, 3. Bhokardan, 4. Badnapur, 5. Ghansawangi, 6. Partur, 7. Mantha, 8. Jafrabad
Lok Sabha1. Jalna (shared with Aurangabad district) 2. Parbhani (shared with Parbhani district)

Jalna district (Marathi pronunciation: [d͡ʒaːlnaː]) is an administrative district in the state of Maharashtra in western India. Jalna town is the district headquarters. The district is part of Aurangabad division.


Members of parliament

Guardian Minister

Guardian Minister Jalna
पालकमंत्री जालना
Emblem of India
Atul Save
since 24 September 2022
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerChief Minister of Maharashtra
Term length5 years / No time limit
List of guardian ministers
Name Term of office
Babanrao Lonikar 31 October 2014 - 8 November 2019
Rajesh Tope 9 January 2020 - 29 June 2022
Atul Save 24 September 2022 - Incumbent

District Magistrate/Collector

District Magistrate / Collector Jalna
जिल्हाधिकारी तथा जिल्हदंडाधिकरी जालना
Emblem of India
Dr. Vijay Rathod (IAS)
since 2019
ResidenceAt Jalna district
AppointerGovernment of Maharashtra
Term lengthNo time limit
List of district magistrates / collectors
Name Term of office
Dr. Vijay Rathod (IAS) 2019 - Incumbent


The district is situated in central Maharashtra, in the north of the Marathwada region—one of eight districts—as part Aurangabad division, and is bounded on the north by Jalgaon district, on the east by Parbhani district and Buldhana district, on the south by Beed district and on the west by Aurangabad district.

The district occupies an area of 7,687 square kilometres (2,968 sq mi).[1] The range of geographical latitudes and longitudes of the district is from 19.01' N to 21.03'N and from 75.04'E to 76.04'E, with gently to moderately sloping topography. The Northern part of the district is occupied by the Ajanta and Satmala hill ranges.

Rivers and lakes

The Godavari River flows along the southern boundary of the district, from west to east. The Purna River, one of the major tributaries of the Godavari, also flows through the district. The Dudhana, the principal tributary of the Purna, and the Kelana and the Girija, also tributaries of the Purna, as well as the Gulati and the Kundlika—which has been dammed to create the Ghanewadi Reservoir, which provides water to Jalna city—are other rivers draining the district.


Buddhism was introduced in Maharashtra during the reign of Ashoka, and the region was under Maurya authority. After the collapse of Maurya authority the region became part of the heartland of the Satavahanas, whose capital was in nearby Prathisthana (now Paithan). The district then fell into the hands of the Chalukyas of Badami in the 6th century. Their rule was replaced by the Rashtrakutas, who ruled the district until the 10th century. Then it was taken by the Western Chalukyas.[2]

In the 12th century, the region became ruled by the Yadava dynasty, who were based in nearby Devagiri and were originally Chalukya feudatories. The Yadavas ruled until 1308, when Khilji general Malik Kafur defeated the Yadavas and annexed their kingdom for Alauddin Khilji. The district remained under Sultanate rule until 1499, when a regional governor declared independence and created the Bahmani Sultanate. In the early 1530s, the Bahmani Sultanate fractured into five states, one of which was the Ahmednagar Sultanate which Jalna was part of. Jalna became conquered by the Mughal Empire and during Akbar's time, was a jagir which was held for a brief time by Abul Fazl. It continued to be part of the Ahmednagar Subah until the Asaf Jahis declared independence, and Jalna became part of their new state of Hyderabad. In 1728, the Marathas conquered the district, but before 1790 the district returned to the hands of the Nizam of Hyderabad.[2]

After India annexed Hyderabad in 1948, it became part of Aurangabad district of Hyderabad State. In 1960, like the rest of Marathwada, Jalna became part of the new state of Maharashtra. On 1 May 1981, the present district was formed from Jalna, Bhokardan, Jafrabad and Ambad talukas of Aurangabad district and Partur taluka of Parbhani district.[3]


The district was formed during the term of chief minister Abdul Rehman Antulay. The district is divided into four sub-divisions, Jalna, Partur, Bhokardan and Ambad. These are further divided into eight talukas: Jalna, Ambad, Bhokardan, Badnapur, Ghansavangi, Partur, Mantha and Jafrabad. There is a total of 970 villages in the district.

The district has five constituencies of Maharashtra State Vidhan Sabha ( Legislative Assembly):

While Partur and Ghansawangi are part of Parbhani (Lok Sabha constituency), the other three are part of the Jalna (Lok Sabha constituency).


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Jalna district (2011)[5]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated

According to the 2011 census, Jalna district has a population of 1,959,046,[2] roughly equal to the nation of Lesotho[6] or the US state of New Mexico.[7] This gives it a ranking of 237th in India (out of a total of 640).[2] The district has a population density of 255 inhabitants per square kilometre (660/sq mi).[2] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 21.84%.[2] Jalna has a sex ratio of 929 females for every 1000 males,[2] and a literacy rate of 73.61%. 19.27% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes constitute 13.90% and 2.16% of the population respectively.[2]

Languages in Jalna district (2011)[8]

  Marathi (76.16%)
  Urdu (9.16%)
  Hindi (7.09%)
  Lambadi (4.46%)
  Others (3.13%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 76.16% of the population in the district spoke Marathi, 9.16% Urdu, 7.09% Hindi and 4.46% Lambadi as their first language.[8]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "Home". Jalna. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "District Census Hand Book – Jalna" (PDF). Census of India. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  3. ^ "Introduction". Jalna district. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  5. ^ "Population by Religion - Maharashtra". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  6. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Lesotho1,924,886
  7. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011. New Mexico – 2,059,179
  8. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Maharashtra". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  9. ^ Deo N S (2012). Darul Majanine, Jalna to Institute of Mental Health, Erragadda Hyderabad: The Forgotten History, Research Aaj Tak Vol.1 No.4 (Sept-Dec 2012).

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