Sidhi is a part of Madhaya Pradesh, an image of proud history and culture. It forms the northeastern boundary of the state. Sidhi is well-known for its natural beauty, historical importance and rich cultural roots. Sidhi possesses abundant natural resources with the river Sone draining the district, and with coal deposits which feed major industries across the country.
The Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station supplies electricity over a wide area. On one side the spectrum of its floristic socio-cultural diversity and ethnic history of tribal, the district has a panoramic view of the Kaimur, Kehejua and Ranimunda hills blazing with flowers of flame of forest and intoxicated by the sweet smell of mahua flowers.
Rulers of Sidhi
In the 1800's, there were three separate rulers of Sidhi, ruling three parts of the territory:- The Chandela rulers from Bardi (Khatai).- Rajasahab of Madhwas. He was a Balan Rajput.- Third was Rajasahab of Singrauli.
After these came the Rajput Baghelas came from Kasauta, Rewa. They immigrated to Sidhi in early 19th century. They ruled the western Sidhi territory (Churhat/Rampur) from then on till India gained independence. The last ruler of Churhat was Rao RanBahadur Singhji- elder brother of Arjun Singh.
Raja Kant Deo Singh, the present ruler of Bardi Khatai continues to live in the ancestral Haveli located on the banks of the river Sone. He is an active member of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party.
It was from this royal family that Arjun Singh rose to become first the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, and then proceeded to hold various posts of importance in the central government. Arjun Singh's son Ajay Singh(Rahul) is an important Congress leader of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Location and population- On the Northern boundary of the district lies Mirjapur district of Uttar Pradesh: sarguja school in south; Rewa on the west and touches sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh: Stratified Random Sample pradesh. Sidhi District has a total population of 18,31,152 sharing almost 3.03%of the total population of erstwhile state of Madhaya Pradesh 2001).
Sidhi district is located on the Northeastern Boundary of the state between 22",47"5" and 24.42"10" North Latitude and 81:18"40 and 82"48"30 East longitude
Education in Sidhi
In 1980, at the time when Arjun Singh was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, a committee was formed to find out more about the educational system in Sidhi district. It was tasked to find out which was the first school in Sidhi district, and also, who was the first graduate.
It was popularly thought that Rajasahab of Madhwas was the first graduate from Sidhi. Further survey revealed that Shri Divakar Bahadur Singh, village Jhalwar (Churhat), was the first graduate from Ilahabad University. He had done his BA in 1924 and had proceeded to do his LLB also from Illahabd University in 1926. Thereafter he had come back to practice and settle in Jhalwar (Churaht) in Sidhi distrcit. His successors are still present in Jhalwar. Among them, Batuk Pratap Singh (Jhalwar) is the source of information regarding the history events in the district.
It was also found that the first school in Sidhi was in Bardi. This school had started around 100 years before the survey, i.e., around the year 1880.
Famous persons from Sidhi District
Shri Chandra pratap tiwari] Minister and a great socialist leader
Arjun Singhformer Chief Minister of Madhaya Pradesh
Ajay SinghRahul (MLA from Churhat)
* [http://sidhi.nic.in Sidhi District]
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