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Bastar state was a princely state in India founded in early 14th century, by Annama Deva, the brother of Kakatiya king Pratapa Rudra Deva of Warangal (Andhra).

In the early 19th century the state became part of the Central Provinces and Berar under the British Raj, and acceded to the Union of India on Jan 1, 1948, to become part of the Madhya Pradesh in 1956, and part of the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state, 2000 onwards.


Baster state was situated in the south-eastern corner of the Central Provinces and Berar, bounded north by the Kanker State, south by theGodavari district of Madras States Agency, west by Chanda District, Hyderabad State, and the Godavari river, and east by the Jeypore estate in Orissa.

It had an area of and a population of 306,501 in 1901 and 633,888 in 1941. In 1901 its capital Jagdalpur, situated on the banks of Indravati river, had a population of 4,762 The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908. v. 7, p. 121


Traditionally the area is mentioned as Dandakaranya in the epic Ramayana, and part of the Kosala Kingdom in the Mahabharata. Around 450 AD, Bastar state was ruled by Nala King, Bhavadatta Varman, who is mentioned to have invaded the neighbouring Vakataka kingdom, during the reign of its King, Narendrasena (440-460) The Vākātaka-Gupta age: Circa 200-550 A.D., by Ramesh Chandra Majumdar, Anant Sadashiv Altekar.Published by Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1986. ISBN...
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