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About Rajanandgaon District
The District Rajnandgaon came into existence on 26th Jan' 1973, by way of division of District Durg. The Rajnandgaon state was ruled by Somvanshis, Kalchuris and Marathas. The Rajnandgaon was originally named as Nandgram. The Palaces in the town of Rajnandgaon reveals its own tale of the rulers, their society & culture and the splendid tradition during that time. The contribution of Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, Padumlal Punnalal Bakshi and Baldeo Prasad Mishra in the field of Hindi literature has a special mention. The District Kawardha was latter bifurcated from the District on 1st July 1998.

Location of the District
The District Rajnandgaon is in the central part of Chhattisgarh. The District headquarter Rajnandgaon is on the Mumbay - Howrah line of southeastern railways. The National Highway 6 (Great Eastern Road) also passes through the town of Rajnandgaon. The nearest airport to the District is at Mana(Raipur), about 80 kms away.

The principal river of the District is Sheonath, a tributary of Mahanadi.The river originates in the border of Chowki block and flows in north eastern direction. The main tributaries of Sheonath are Kharkhara, Sonbarsa, Amner, Surhi, Karra, Murkati, Sankari, Fonk and Hanf.

The three blocks of the District namely Mohla, Manpur & Chowki are tribal blocks. The main tribes of the District are Gond, Kanwar, Halba & Baiga. The tribal population of the District is around 25.16% of the total population. These tribal areas are adjoining to Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra and Baster District of Chhattisgarh. The economic and social conditions of these tribes are similar to that of tribal of Baster. They mostly live in far flung areas and dense forests. The economic activities of these tribes are focused on tendu leaf collection and minor forest products.

The District has a rich culture of sports, which has produced many national and international sports personalities. Rajnandgaon is well know as NURSERY OF HOCKEY and has a great history of organizing HOCKEY and CRICKET tournaments every year at international and national level respectively.