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Datia District

North of Jhansi, in Gwalior Division of MP, Datia is the smallest district of Bundelkhand both in terms of area (around 2000 sq km) and population (around 6.25 lakhs according to Census 2001).

The headquarters, Datia town, which is only 25 km from Jhansi, has a Census 2001 population of less than 100,000.

One of the several princely states administered by the British under the Bundelkhand Agency in MP, Datia was ranked second highest after Orchha.

Among the privileges enjoyed by its erstwhile rulers was a 15-gun salute, and hereditary title of 'First of the Princes of Bundelkhand'.

A 17th century palace built by Bir Singh Deo is said to be one of the finest examples of Hindu residential architecture in north India.

The biggest attraction in the town is the Peetambra Shakti Peeth, which houses a temple of Bagalamukhi Devi, one of the ten Hindu goddesses of power.

There are several other popular temples in the district.

Notable small and cottage industries are blanket weaving and manufacture of metal objects like scissors to cut betel nuts.

Several tanks built during Bundela times are found in the district. In and outside Datia town there are many huge masonry wells from medieval times.

The terrain of the district is generally a plain sloping towards the north-east, broken by granite hillocks. The southern part, around Datia town, is quite barren and rocky.

The central and northern parts of the district is mostly an alluvial tract between the Sind and its tributary, the Pahuj, and suffers from much gully formation and erosion. Dacoits have ruled over this ravine area over years.

Around a fifth of the district's villages are irrigated by the 131-km long Bhander canal from Matatila dam built in Lalitpur district.

| Jhansi | Lalitpur | Datia | Jalaun | Hamirpur | Mahoba | Banda | Chitrakoot | Panna | Chhatarpur | Tikamgarh | Damoh | Sagar |

 
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