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District map of Shivpuri
Location of Sipri

Shivpuri (शिवपुरी) is a city, municipality, tehsil and district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is in the Gwalior Division of northwest Madhya Pradesh and is the administrative headquarters of Shivpuri District. It is known for Madhav National Park.


Shivpuri is located on Agra-Bombay NH-3. It is situated at an altitude of 462 m above sea level. PIN: 473551

Origin of name

Shivpuri is very ancient town and a sacred place. It is named for the God Shiva. The place was abode of Shiva hence called Shivapuri. It was known earlier by the name Sipri.

Mention by Panini

Supari (सुपरि) is a place name mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi under Sankashadi (संकाशादि) ( group. [1]

Supari (सुपरि), a Yaksha, is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [2]


It is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Earlier to that, Shivpuri's dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors. Emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables while returning from Mandu in year 1564. The thick forests are still there and continue to be a source of forest-produces of domestic and industrial use.

Shivpuri was awarded as Jagir to the Kachhawahs of Narwar in the 17th century. It came under the rule of the Scindias in 1804, who granted it to one of their Maratha generals by name Ingle. Later, it was transferred to the HEIC in 1817 under a treaty, but the Scindias regained it in 1818.

Tantya Tope was awarded death sentence on April 17, 1859 by British Raj for his part in the Revolt of 1857 in nearby Jhansi. He was hanged to death in Shivpuri, at a site near the present collectorate.

Important towns in the district are: Badarwas, Karera, Khaniyadhana, Kolaras, Narwar and Pichhore.

Shivpuri District has Narwar town of historical importance just east of the Kali Sind River, situated at a distance of 41 km from Shivpuri. It is famous for medieval fortress of Narwar. Narwar is believed to be named after Nala.

Shivpuri is known for temples. There is one famous temple of Ballari Mata near the Shivpuri town in Madhav National Park. It was established about one thousand years back. It is believed to be connected with Karauli. Ballari Mata temple is located in the extension area of the Park. In 1999 Ballarpur village was relocated (under the ministry of environment and forests, Beneficiary Oriented Scheme for Tribal Development), and 90 families (around 70 per cent adivasi), the majority of whom were historically almost completely dependent upon the park for survival, were moved to 2 km outside its boundary. [3]


शिवपुरी मध्य प्रदेश के ग्वालियर शहर से 113 कि.मी. की दूरी पर स्थित नगर है। इस नगर की प्राकृतिक सुंदरता और सांस्कृतिक विरासत की झलक देखने के लिए यहाँ पर्यटक बड़ी संख्या में आते हैं। इस नगर में ग्वालियर के सिंधिया वंश की ग्रीष्म कालीन राजधानी हुआ करती थी। वे शिवपुरी में गर्मियों के दिनों में यहाँ रहने के लिए आया करते थे। शिवपुरी के घने जंगलों में मुग़ल सम्राट शिकार खेलने आते थे। अकबर ने यहीं से हाथियों के विशाल झुंड और शेरों को पकड़ा था। यहाँ के इन घने जंगलों को अब अभ्यारण्य में तब्दील कर दिया गया है, जहाँ अनेक दुर्लभ पशु-पक्षियों और वनस्पतियों को देखा जा सकता है। शिवपुरी में बने कुछ महल और झीलें यहाँ आने वाले पर्यटकों के आकर्षण का केन्द्र रहती हैं।[4]

Jat Gotras

Jat History in Shivpuri

Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, an associate of Subhas Chandra Bose of Indian National Army, was one of famous people from Shivpuri who have put their life and family at risk for the pride of Indian nationality. He was one of the accused in Historic trial on 5 November 1945 at Red Fort. He was living at village Hatod in Shivpuri during his last days of life.

Dr M S Gill is retired IAS, Ex Chief Election Commissioner, Present Minister of Sports, Govt of India. Dr M.S. Gill a politician from Indian National Congress party is a Member of the Parliament of India representing Punjab in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He lives in Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh at Hatod village. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan.

Tahsils in Shivpuri District

Villages in Shivpuri tahsil

Adarsh Nagar, Badagaon, Bamhari, Bank Colony, Banskhedi, Bhangad, Bhavkhedi, Budibarod, Chandanpura, Chitora M Chitori, Dabiya, Dadoul, Darroni, Dholagarh, Dhuwani, Dongar, Gadibarod, Gangora, Gopalpur, Gugaripura, Gurawal, Hatod, Housing Board Colony, Imaliya, Indergarh, Itma, Jamkho, Kalothara, Kankar, Kanthi, Kaprana, Karai, Karaiahamadpur, Karaikairau, Karmanjkala M Nayagaon, Karsena, Khajuri, Khandi, Khorghar, Khutela, Khyavdakala, Kodawada, Kota, Krishnapuram Colony, Kunwarpur, Kushiyara, Lalgad, Lohadevi, Mahal Colony, Maheshpur, Majhera, Mohangad, Mohini Sagar Colony, Muderi, Noharikala , Padarkheda, Piparsama , Raghvendra Nagar, Raipur Dhamkan, Raishri, Ratikirar , Ratour, Sakalpur, Satanwadakhurd, Satanwarakala, Sateriya, Sevada, Shivpuri, Sikrawada, Singhniwas, Sirsod, Suhara, Sund, Survaya, Tanpur, Tenhata Himmatgad, Tharra, Theh, Tongara, Tonka, Vara, Verma Colony, Vilokala, Vilupura ,

Notable persons

  • Hoshiar Singh Rana (Bhalwar) - Retd Judicial Service, Mob:9713415212, 9300425272
  • Karan Singh Jat - Gandhi Park Ke Samane, Gurukul Vidyalaya, New Block Shivpuri, Mob: 8989458208, 9827218604
  • तेजसिंह चाहर
  • शम्भूसिह जाट
  • यशपाल सिंह जितेंद्र सिंह राना
  • अशोक सिंह ठाकुर
  • राम स्वरूप जाट
  • यादवेन्द्र सिंह चोधरी
  • राजेश सिंह एडवोकेट तेजवीर सिंह पुरंदर सिंह राणा गोत्र।
  • Shri Shambhoo Singh Retired DSP 9425457398


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