Dindori district, a part of Jabalpur division is a district of Madhya Pradesh state with its administrative headquarters located at Dindori town. At the very beginning of its history, the place was under the rule of the Lodhi and Gond dynasty. Under the Gond rule the place was popularly known as Gondwana. After India got its independence in 1947, the place was carved out from the Mandla district and emerged as a separate district in the map of Madhya Pradesh state on 25th of May, 1998.
Geographically, the district lies at 22094'N latitude, 81008'E longitude and 640 m Altitude. In the year 2019, there was a total 40.59% forest area of total geographical area. The district encompasses a geographical area of 7,470 sq km. and in terms of geographical area it occupies the ranks of 12th in the state and 115th in India. It is bounded by Umaria district on the North, Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh on the South, Shahdol district on the East and Mandla district on the West. Most of its rainfall occurs in the monsoon season. The actual rainfall in the district was 1050.8 mm in the year of 2018-19.
Administration wise, the district is divided into 7 tehsils namely Dindori, Shahpura, Mehandwani, Amarpur, Bajag, Keranjiya and Samnapur Mal. There are 1 Lok Saba seat and 2 Assembly constituencies in the district. Moreover, the district comprises 2 sub-districts, 2 towns and 924 villages. The administrative language in the district is Hindi.
According to 2011 census the district has a population of 7,04,524 including 3,51,913 are males and 3,52,611 are females. The district has a sex ratio of 1002 females for every 1000 males. In the year 2001-2011 the population growth rate in the district was 21.32% out of which 20.64% were males and 22.00% were females. The population density in the district is 94 persons per sq. km. In the year 2017 the number of live births in the district was 13,451 out of which 6,830 were males and 6,621 were females. In the same year the number of deaths in the district was 3,979 out of which 2,363 were males and 1,616 were females. As per 2011 census the major religion in the district is Hindu with 85.94% of the total population. According to 2011 census the principal languages in the district are Hindi and Gondi with 85.43% and 14.09%.
The economy of the district is mainly agrarian based. Most of the land in the district is use for agricultural purposes. More than half of its population are engaged in agriculture in order to earn their livelihood. The chief agricultural products in the district are wheat, paddy, maize, different types of pulses, mustard, gram, soybean, etc. Every year a huge chunk of revenue comes from its agricultural products helps in its economy to a great extent. The industrial growth in the district is insufficient. Sometime the economy of the district is also dependent on forestry since most of its areas are covered by Sal and Sagoun trees. Small but principal forest products produced in the district are tendu leaves, mahlon leaves, and char. The district is rich in mineral resources as well. Bauxite, Coal, White Ash, High Iron Laterite, Lime stone, etc are the commonly found mineral resources in the district. In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj declared Dindori as one of the country's 250 most backward districts and currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). In the year 2016-17 the gross domestic product in the district was Rs. 3,36,771 lakh at current price and Rs. 2,28,629 lakh at constant prices in the year 2011-2012. The net domestic product in the district during the period 2016-17 was Rs. 3,12,353 lakh at current price and Rs. 2,08,751 lakh at constant prices in the year 2011-2012. The Per Capita Income or NDDP, At Factor Cost in the district during the period 2016-17 was Rs. 40,873 at current price and Rs. 27,316 at constant prices in the year 2011-2012.
The district is an abode of several reputed educational institutions. It provides a platform for higher education. The two most recognised government educational institutions in the district are Government Chandravijay College and Government Degree College (Shahpura). As per 2011 census the literacy rate in the district is 63.9% out of which 75.47% are males and 52.41% are females.
The district has several centres of attraction which allures many travellers from different parts of the country as well as world. Ghughwa National fossils Park is situated at a village named Ghughwa, 70 km. away from the Dindori town. It encompasses an area of 75 acres where the visitors can found some attractive and rare fossils of leaves and trees. Moreover, it has plants in the form of fossil that was available in all over India, between 40 million and 150 million years ago. Karopani Natural Deer Park, located at Karopani village in the district has the rare species of black bucks and spotted deer. Devnala, a place full of mesmerising natural sceneries is situated at distance of 18 km. from the Dindori town. There is a deep cave located among the hills of the place and from which the water falls in such a beautiful way that it draws numerous tourists every year. Dagona waterfall is situated almost 85 km. away from the Dindori town and near to the waterfall there is a renowned temple of Budi Mail. It is the perfect destination for nature’s lovers. Some other notable places of interest in the district are Jalpan Cafeteria & Kapildhara Art Emporium, Kukarramath, etc.