Kanker district

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Kanker District is located in the southern region of the state of Chhattisgarh, India within the longitudes 20.6-20.24 and latitudes 80.48-81.48. The total area of the district is 5285.01 square kilometers. The population is 651,333.


What is now Kanker District was a part of old Bastar district. In 1999 Kanker received its identity as an independent district. Now it is surrounded by five other districts of Chhattisgarh state: Bastar District, Dhamtari District, Durg District, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon District.


Five river flow through the district. These are the Mahanadi River, Doodh River,Hatkul River, Sindur River and Turu River. This district is made up of small pockets of hills.


According to the Kanker District Website, the area has been inhabited since the stone age. It has always been an independent state. In 106 AD Kanker State was ruled by the Satavahana dynasty whose king was Satkarni. After Satavahanas, Kanker came under the control of Chalukyas, Nags, the Vakatakas and the Guptas at different times. Next, came the Kandra dynasty. After their downfall the Chandra dynasty came to power. This dynasty was the ruling family when the state came under the control of first the Marathas and then the British.


The district's economy is based on agriculture. This is the main work of tribes. Because the land is hilly and forested, trees must be cut and the land ploughed before the...
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