Wardha District
Clockwise from top-left: Hut at Bapu Kuti in Sevagram, Tomb in Paunar Fort, Panchadhara Temple, Tiger in Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Wardha
Location in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra
Wardha district
Country India
Tehsils1. Wardha, 2. Deoli, 3. Seloo, 4. Arvi 5. Ashti 6. Karanja 7. Hinganghat, 8. Samudrapur.
 • BodyWardha Zilla Parishad
 • Guardian MinisterSudhir Mungantiwar
Cabinet Minister
 • President Zilla Parishad
  • President
  • Vice President
 • District Collector
  • Shri. Rahul Kardile (IAS)
 • CEO Zilla Parishad
  • Shri Rohan Ghuge (IAS)
 • MPs
 • Total6,310 km2 (2,440 sq mi)
 • Total1,300,774
 • Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
 • Literacy86.99%
 • Sex ratio946:1000 (Female:Male)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Major highwaysNH7(Hinganghat)
Average annual precipitation1062.8 mm

Wardha District (Marathi pronunciation: [ʋəɾd̪ʰaː]) is in the state of Maharashtra in western India. This district is a part of Nagpur Division. The city of Wardha is the administrative headquarter of the district. Hinganghat, Pulgaon, Arvi and Wardha are the major cities in the District. The District had a population of 1,300,774, of which 26.28% were urban as of 2011.


Members of Parliament

Guardian Minister

Guardian Minister Wardha
पालकमंत्री वर्धा
Emblem of India
Sudhir Mungantiwar1
Sudhir Mungantiwar
Cabinet Minister
since 04 October 2023
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerChief Minister of Maharashtra
Term length5 years / No time limit

list of Guardian Minister

Name Term of office
Sachin Ahir
Cabinet Minister
11 November 2010 - 26 September 2014
Sudhir Mungantiwar
Cabinet Minister
05 December 2014 - 08 November 2019
Sunil Chhatrapal Kedar
Cabinet Minister
09 January 2020 - 29 June 2022
Devendra Fadnavis
Deputy Chief Minister
24 September 2022- 04 October 2023
Sudhir Mungantiwar
Cabinet Minister
04 October 2023 - Incumbent

District Magistrate/Collector

District Magistrate / Collector Wardha
जिल्हाधिकारी तथा जिल्हदंडाधिकरी वर्धा
Emblem of India
Shri. Rahul Kardile (IAS)
since March 2021
ResidenceAt Wardha district
AppointerGovernment of Maharashtra
Term lengthNo time limit

list of District Magistrate / Collector

Name Term of office
Shri. Rahul Kardile (IAS) March 2021 - Incumbent


The history of the Wardha district dates back to ancient times. It was included in the empires of the Mauryas, Shungas, Satavahanas and Vakatakas. Pravarpur, now modern-day Pavnar, was once the capital of the Vakataka dynasty. Vakatakas were contemporaries of the Imperial Guptas. The daughter of Chandragupta II, Prabhavatigupta, was married to the Vakataka ruler Rudrasena II. The Vakataka Dynasty lasted from the 2nd to the 5th centuries AD. Their state stretched from the Arabian Sea in the west to The Bay of Bengal in the east and from The Narmada River in the north to The Krishna-Godavari Delta in the south.

Later on, Wardha was ruled by the Chalukyas, The Rashtrakutas, The Yadavas, The Delhi Sultanate, The Bahamani Sultanate, The Muslim ruler of Berar, The Gonds and The Marathas. Raja Buland Shah of Gond and Raghuji of Bhonsale were the prominent rulers in the medieval period.

Ashti town in Wardha district was ruled by the Mughals in the guidance of Nawab Muhammad Khan Niazi who was Subedar and Mansabdar in the Mughal empire in the reign of Emperor Akbar he got Ashti as a Jaageer. Nawab Ahmad Khan Niazi was the elder son of Nawab Muhammad Khan Niazi who also served as Mansabdar and Jagirdar in the Mughal court in the reign of Emperor Jahangir he got Ashti as Pergana as his ancestral property. Ahmad Khan Niazi defeated Rahim Khan Dakhni and captured Ellichpur from the Berar empire for the Mughals.

In the 1850s, Wardha, then a part of Nagpur, fell into the hands of the British. They included Wardha in the Central Province. Wardha is a sister city for Sevagram and both were used as major centers for the Indian Independence Movement, especially as headquarters for an annual meet of the Indian National Congress in 1934 and Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram.

The existing Wardha district was a part of Nagpur district till 1862. Further, it was separated for convenient administrative purposes and Kawatha near Pulgaon was the district headquarters. In the year 1866, the district headquarters moved to Palakwadi village which was rebuilt as Wardha city.

Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon city of Wardha District is the second-largest ammunition depot in Asia.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Wardha district (2011)[2]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated

According to the 2011 census, Wardha district has a population of 1,300,774,[3] roughly equal to the nation of Mauritius[4] or the US state of New Hampshire.[5] This gives it a ranking of 377th in India (out of a total of 640).[3] The district has a population density of 205 inhabitants per square kilometre (530/sq mi) .[3] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 4.8%.[3] Wardha has a sex ratio of 946 females for every 1000 males,[3] and a literacy rate of 87.22%. 32.54% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 14.52% and 11.49% of the population respectively.[3]

In Hinduism, most of the people belongs to castes Kshatriya Pawar/Bhoyar Pawar, Rajput, Brahmin, Maratha, Kunbi, Teli, Mali etc.

Census year Total Male Female Change Religion (%)
Hindu Muslim Buddhist Jain Other
2001[6] 1236736 638990 597746 - 81.362 3.849 13.712 0.484 0.593
2011[7] 1300774 668385 632389 5.178 81.267 4.140 13.486 0.435 0.672

Languages of Wardha district (2011)[8]

  Marathi (87.78%)
  Hindi (6.88%)
  Urdu (1.26%)
  Others (4.08%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 87.78% of the population in the district spoke Marathi, 6.88% Hindi and 1.26% Urdu as their first language.[8]


Lok Sabha Seat

Assembly Seats

Prominent people


  1. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  2. ^ "Population by Religion - Maharashtra". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "District Census Hand Book – Wardha" (PDF). Census of India. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Mauritius 1,303,717 July 2011 est.
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 September 2011. New Hampshire 1,316,470
  6. ^ Census India 2001
  7. ^ Census India 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Maharashtra". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.

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