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Nagpur History, India


The history of Nagpur dates back to some 3000 years old. The presence of this city can be tracked from those historical proofs which are of 8th century. It is near the Mhada colony (also known as Drugdhamna) that the burial sites of Menhir were found. These sites are a proof that culture of Menhir existed in and around Nagpur in those historical days. The same culture is still being followed in many parts of Nagpur in present days too.

Somewhere in Wardha district (which lies in the proximity of Nagpur) copper plates with inscription were found some years back which give the existence of humans in this land in the years of 10th century.

Marathas entered Nagpur somewhere in the year 1743. It was this year when Maratha ruler Raghoji Bhonsle conquered the territories of Chanda, Deogarh, and Chhattisgarh. Raghoji died in the year 1755 and soon his son overtook the control of the historical Nagpur. He acknowledged the leadership of Pune’s Maratha Peshwa by the year 1769. Slowly the Maratha warriors lost control of Nagpur to the British army and by the year 1853 British had full control of Nagpur. It was this year when Raghoji III died a sudden death and that too without appointing any successor. Marathas were in confused state as to who will lead the city and British army was quick to utilize the situation and they overtook Nagpur completely in 1853.

Nagpur remained under the British control till Indian Independence (like many other cities of India) and after the Indian Independence in 1947 Nagpur was named the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Later on the Indian states were re-organized as per new plans and this is when Nagpur became a part of Maharashtra.

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