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About Harda

Home to several freedom fighters, the Harda in Madhya Pradesh is a place which earns a good reputation due to its pious land and vibrant tribal culture.The region with numerous temples and monuments is a paradise for visitors looking for something unique. With regular Aarti and morning prayer sessions, these temples create a magical aura within the city, every day. People of the Harda district have rightly carried on their ancestral culture and leave no stones unturned in following traditional customs in every function. Visit the city during the marriage season and you can get a glimpse of the most famous dance form of the region, which is the ‘marriage dance.’ Another characteristic of the area which makes it a favourable place to visit is the surrounding dense teak forests, which gives it a lustrous green ambience.

Temples in Harda
Temple in Harda

History of Harda

Harda held a prominent place in the old 'Madhya Prant' and includes the area of 'Siwni Malwa.' The history of Harda dates back to the 'Mughal' period, during which an affluent village named Handiya was located at the west of Harda. Due to the progressive efforts made by the British, ‘Harda’ took shape as a result of amalgamation of two villages, ‘Kul Harda’ and ‘Mehmudabad’. Harda District was created on 6th July 1998, when it was divided from the Hoshangabad District. With the onset of railways in the town, the conditions gradually improved.

During the freedom struggle of India, the Harda city enjoyed visits from many eminent leaders. While the visit of Lokamanya Tilak in 1916 provided more power to congress in the city, Mahatma Gandhi’s visit on 8th December 1933 benefitted the Harijan a lot. The place has been homeland to numerous freedom fighters such as Late Shri Narayanarao Raghunathrao Kekre (President of the Hindu Mahasabha), Late Shri Vinayakrao Sahasrabudhe (a close associate of Guru Radha Kishan), Rameshwar Agnibhoj (a Dalit leader and the first cabinet minister from Harda).
Harda is also the birth place of Prof. Mahsesh Dattji Meshr who worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi.

Administration in Harda

In I998, the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh got divided and this led to the birth of the Harda District. Located securely within the boundaries of the districts of Sehore, Hoshangabad, Betul, Khandwa and Dewas, the Harda enjoys the caress of the Narmada river, which forms its northern boundary. Spread over an area of 998.41 sq. km, the Harda district provides shelter to about 570302 (2011 census) people, who enjoy a comfortable living here. Harda district is part of the Jabalpur Division of Madhya Pradesh. Harda is the administrative headquarters of the Harda District. To provide the basic civic amenities to the people of the city, all the administrative bodies function efficiently within the district. In 1857 British officers worked here as judges and administrative officers, and the roles are now performed by a range of efficient Indians. Under the aegis of the District Collector, the officers in different ranks perform their duties well to keep the city’s activities running smoothly. The contact details of the District Collector are provided here to help you know whom to contact in case you need clarification on any administrative issue.

District Collector
Address: New District Collectorate, Harda District,
Pin-461331, M.P. State
Phone: 07577-225006 (O)
Fax: 07577-225011

Healthcare Services in Harda

We are all aware that ‘Health is Wealth’. If only are we are in the best of our health, can we contribute effectively towards our work. Only healthy professionals can work diligently towards creating the world a better place, and this makes the need to remain in good health all the more important. To stay healthy, it is necessary that our health concerns are addressed on time and the problems are treated under the guidance of efficient healthcare professionals. Not to mention the need to have access to the latest and best healthcare equipment. When it comes to proper healthcare services, the city of Harda performs no less than any other developed city of the country. With a plethora of hospitals, both government and private, private clinics, pathology labs etc., the city offers affordable and reliable healthcare service to everyone.

SAI Hospital
Address: A 6 Nehru Colony, Harda HO, Harda - 461331, Behind Nehru Statium
Phone: +(91)-9826260025

Arogya Neelayam Hospital
Address: Gandhi Chowk Timarni, Harda HO, Harda - 461331, Near Nagar Palika Office
Phone: +(91)-9926669911

Sharma Clinic
Address: Ganesh Chowk, Harda, Madhya Pradesh, Main Road, Harda Ho, Harda - 461331 View Map
Phone: +(91)-9406545301

Government Hospital
Address: 342, Chipaner Road, Harda- 461331
Phone: Near Mahadev Honda Showroom
(7577) 222102

Geography of Harda

The Harda district is located in the south-western part of Madhya Pradesh. It is a part of the Narmadapuram Division and covers an area of 998.41 sq. km. The geographic position of the district is between 22.33°N Longitude and 77.1°E Latitude. Its height from the sea level is 302 metres. Harda is surrounded by the districts of Sehore (north side), Hoshangabad (north-eastern side), Betul District (south-eastern side), Khandwa (southern and western side), and Dewas (north-western side). The Narmada River, Ganjaal River and the Maachak River are the three main rivers flowing in the region. The total managed forest area of the Harda Forest Division is 142,536 hectares. It is a tropical dry deciduous forest. While 67% of this area (98318 hectares) is managed as Reserved Forest (RF), the rest of the area (44,218 hectares) is considered as Protected Forest (PF). Teak (Tectona grandis) is the dominant tree species of the forest.

The climate of Harda district is normal, enabling people living in the area get a feel of all seasons. In summers, the maximum temperature may reach up to 47 degrees centigrade and during winters it may come down to 12 degrees centigrade. The district has an average rainfall of 916 millimetres.

Transportation in Harda

Transport in Harda
Harda Railway Station

Harda is about 168 kilometers away from the state capital, Bhopal, and is well-connected to it by rail and road. It is also effectively connected with all the major cities of the state by rail. Moreover, the three block headquarters; Harda, Khirkiya and Timarni enjoy good connection among themselves by road and rail. State highway 15 is the nearest connecting highway to the city of Harda. Travelling within the city is convenient due to the availability of various local/state owned buses, autos and metro taxi services. Raja Bhoj Airport (160 kms) at Bhopal and Devi Ahilya Bhai Holkar International Airport (156 kms) at Indore are the nearest airports. Regular local and prepaid taxies ply from airport to Harda.

Places of Interest in Harda

There are many fascinating places to see in Harda. The city attracts tourists primarily for its religious aura. The city houses several temples which are beautiful pieces of architecture as well. The most popular temples within the city include:

Shri Laxmi Narayan Bada Mandir: This must-visit temple abodes beautifully decorated idols of Lord Laxmi-Narayan and Lord Shiva and a Shivlinga. The temple attracts a large amount of devotees on a regular basis. The crowd goes bigger during the festival of Shivratri.

Shri Siddhi Vinayak temple: This religious attraction in Harda city is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. While a large number of devotees can be witnessed in the temple almost every day, on the eve of ‘Ganesh Chaturti’, the ambience becomes more festive and spiritual.

Khet Wali Mata Mandir:
As the name suggests, the temple has an interesting history. It is believed that the statue of the of Khet wali Mata was revealed from a well of farm (Khet), and thus the name. It is situated in Maharana Pratap Colony.

Shri Jambheshwar Mandir: This famous 100-year-old temple of Bishnoi dharma temple is located 8 km near Harda.

Nemawar or Handia: This well-known pilgrimage spot is located around 20 km from Harda. It is surrounded by the Narmada River and the ‘nabhi kund’, the centre of the river Narmada exists here. Many temples dedicated to lord Shiva exist in this place. A famous temple built by Pandavas is also located here. It is believed that it was built during the Mahabharat era in one night.

This place is famous for a beautiful Shiv temple and a small waterfall. The scenery is quite pleasant during monsoons.

Sirali: Sirali is located about 35 kilometers away from Harda. Here exists a popular Sai temple.

Salakanpur: Located about 95 km from Harda, this place is famous for the Salkanpur Wali Devi Ka Mandir, which is a favourite among Hindu devotees. This temple is situated on an 800 foot high hillrock. Thousands of people visit this place every day climbing more than 1000 steps. During Navratris, a grand fair is held in Salkanpur.

Economy of Harda

The economy of Harda mainly depends on agriculture. The district is very rich in agriculture due to good sources of irrigation and fertile alluvial and black cotton soil. The main crops grown during Rabi season are wheat and gram. Cotton, Soyabean, Mustard, Til and Groundnut are the main oilseeds produced here.

Culture of Harda

The culture of Harda boasts of a unique amalgamation of the 'Malwa' and 'Nimad' regions of Madhya Pradesh. The primary language used in Harda is called ‘Bhuani’, which stands for ‘the more fertilized land’. Due to this the region is also called as the Bhuana area. The tribal culture is widely prevalent in Harda. In the south hill region of the district, we can find the 'Gond' and 'Korku' tribal. Earlier the tribe 'Makdae' ruled the south region of Harda, and the 'Gond' king was the ruler. However, under the British rule, the 'Gondwana' area became non-tribal. The culture of the district has got influenced by states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat as the workers, administration officials, farmers and business community have been in constant touch with the people of these states.

Culture of Harda
Tribal Culture

Dance forms an integral part of the culture of Harda. While the so-called ‘marriage dance’ is the most popular tradition, other interesting dances performed by the tribal people are sword dance, locally known as ‘Phag’, drum dance, locally known as ‘Mandri’, and a dance involving women balancing full pitchers of water on their heads, locally known as ‘Lota’. Various colorful folk dances such as Dandaras, Karma, Reena, Sua and Sela etc. are also popular forms of entertainment.