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Kanker district
कांकेर जिला
—  District of Chhatisgarh  —
Location of Kanker district in Chhatisgarh
Country India
State Chhatisgarh
Administrative division Bastar
Established
Headquarters Kanker
Area
 • Total 5,285 km2 (2,041 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 651,333
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Website Official website

Kanker District is located in the southern region of the state of Chhattisgarh, India within the longitudes 20.6-20.24 and latitudes 80.48-81.48. The total area of the district is 5285.01 square kilometers. The population is 651,333.

History[edit | edit source]

What is now Kanker District was a part of old Bastar district. In 1999 Kanker received its identity as an independent district. Now it is surrounded by five other districts of Chhattisgarh state: Bastar District, Dhamtari District, Durg District, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon District.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Five river flow through the district. These are the Mahanadi River, Doodh River, Hatkul River, Sindur River and Turu River. This district is made up of small pockets of hills.

History[edit | edit source]

According to the Kanker District Website, the area has been inhabited since the stone age. It has always been an independent state. In 106 AD Kanker State was ruled by the Satavahana dynasty whose king was Satkarni. After Satavahanas, Kanker came under the control of Chalukyas, Nags, the Vakatakas and the Guptas at different times. Next, came the Kandra dynasty. After their downfall the Chandra dynasty came to power. This dynasty was the ruling family when the state came under the control of first the Marathas and then the British.[2]

Economy[edit | edit source]

The district's economy is based on agriculture. This is the main work of tribes. Because the land is hilly and forested, trees must be cut and the land ploughed before the rainy season begins. The land is planted with rice or other grains, in an agricultural practice called Marham or Dippa. After a year or two, the land is deserted and new land prepared for planting.

Rice is the main crop of area. However wheat, sugar cane, chana, Kodo, Moong, Tilli, bhutta are the also important crops along with many types of vegetables and fruits such as mangoes and bananas.[3]

Art and culture[edit | edit source]

The Kanker District Website also describes the art and culture of the area, as well as the important festivals. It says that approximately fifty percent of the population is tribal, so tribal culture dominates. Many wonderful forms of local handicrafts, including wood crafts and bamboo crafts are described and pictured.[4] There are also photographs of the district on this webpage.

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Kanker District has the following attractions:[5]

  • The Gadiya Mountain
  • Tank on mountain
  • Malanjhkudum Water fall
  • Charre-Marre Water fall
  • Shivani Maa temple in Kanker city

Notes[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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