Kabirdham district
Maikal Hills
Location in Chhattisgarh
Location in Chhattisgarh
Kabirdham district

Pandaria Bodala Lohara

 • Vidhan Sabha constituencies2
 • Total4,447 km2 (1,717 sq mi)
 • Total822,526
 • Density180/km2 (480/sq mi)
 • Literacy61.95%
 • Sex ratio991
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
491xxx (Kabirdham)[1]
Major highwaysNH 30 and NH 130A

Kabirdham district is one of the 33 administrative districts of Chhattisgarh state in central India. The district was earlier known as Kawardha district. The district is located between 21.32' to 22.28' north latitude and 80.48' to 81.48' east longitude. The district covers an area of 4,447.5 km2 (1,717.2 sq mi). The city of Kawardha is its administrative headquarters. This district is known for the Bhoramdeo temple (which is also known by the sobriquet, "the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh") located at a distance of 18 km from the district headquarters, Kawardha.

The boundaries of the district are Dindori District of Madhya Pradesh to the north, Mungeli and Bemetara districts to the east, Rajnandgaon District to the south, Balaghat and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh to the west. The northern and western parts are surrounded by the Maikal mountain ranges of Satpura.

The current district collector is Mr Ramesh Kumar Sharma.[2]


On July 2, 1998 the government of Madhya Pradesh state decided to constitute a new district, Kawardha by combining the erstwhile tehsil of Kawardha of Rajnandgaon district and the erstwhile tehsil of Pandariya of Bilaspur district.[3] The town of Kawardha was decided as the headquarters for this new district. The new district came into existence on July 6, 1998.[3] The district is now known as Kabirdham district.

The name of the district was changed from Kawardha to Kabeerdham on 17 January 2003 by then chief minister of state Ajit Jogi on the occasion of sixth century birth celebration of Dhani Dharm Das, the founder of Kabir panth in Chhattisgarh. Kabirdham name is given due to Kawardha was Guru Gaddi Pith of kabir panth from 1806 to 1903. Eighth Guru of Kaber panth Haq Nam Saheb established Guru Gaddi here in 1806. Ninth Guru Pak Nam Saheb, Tenth Guru Prakat Nam Saheb and Eleventh Guru Dhiraj Nam Saheb resided here. Twelfth Guru Ugr Nam Saheb changed Guru Gaddi place from Kawardha to Damakheda in 1903, where Guru Gaddi is now situated.

The present day tehsil of Kawardha was a princely state, formed in the year 1751 by Mahabali Singh. In 1895, it became Kawardha tehsil of Mandla district. In 1903, it was included in Bilaspur district. In 1912, it was shifted to Raipur district and in 1948 it became a part of Durg district. On January 26, 1973 a new district, Rajnandgaon came into existence and it became a part of it.[3]

The other tehsil Pandariya was known as Pandariya zamindari until 1952. In 1952, it became a community block of Bilaspur district and in 1986 its status was raised to a tehsil.[3] The headquarters of Kabirdham is Kawardha. Kawardha City was established by first Jamindar of Kawardha riyasat Mahabali Singh on 1751.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Kabirdham district (2011)[5]
Religion Percent
Other (tribal religion)
Other or not stated
Distribution of religions

According to the 2011 census Kabirdham district has a population of 822,526,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Comoros[7] or the US state of South Dakota.[8] This gives it a ranking of 479th in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 195 inhabitants per square kilometre (510/sq mi).[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 40.66%.[6] Kabirdham has a sex ratio of 997 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 61.95%. 10.63% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 14.56% and 20.31% of the population respectively.[6]


Languages of Kabirdham district (2011)[9]

  Chhattisgarhi (96.13%)
  Hindi (2.32%)
  Others (1.55%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 96.13% of the population in the district spoke Chhattisgarhi and 2.32% Hindi as their first language.[9]


The district is divided into four tehsils, Kabirdham, Bodla, Sahaspur Lohara and Pandariya. Each tehsil is a single block of same name.[10] The two Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district are Kawardha and Pandariya.


  1. ^ Kabirdham
  2. ^ "जिला सरगुजा, छत्तीसगढ़ शासन | साक्षर, स्वस्थ, स्वच्छ और सुन्दर सरगुजा | भारत" (in Hindi). Retrieved 2023-12-22.
  3. ^ a b c d History of Kabirdham district Archived 2009-04-09 at the Wayback Machine from official website, accessed 06-Sep-2008
  4. ^ "Table A-02 Decadal Variation in Population Since 1901: Chhattisgarh" (PDF). census.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  5. ^ "Table C-01 Population by Religion: Chhattisgarh". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "District Census Handbook: Kabirdham" (PDF). censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-01. Comoros 794,683 July 2011 est.
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2011-09-30. South Dakota 814,180
  9. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Chhattisgarh". www.censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  10. ^ Divisions of Kabirdham district Archived 2014-05-04 at the Wayback Machine lohara from official website, accessed 06-Sep-2008

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