Village Barhata of this district is a remnant of Virat Nagar of Maha Bharat period.
Various ancients Structures & Architectural remainings found in this village leads to
conclusions that this area was part of MahaBharat period. An ancient's rock with the shape
of human being is related with "Keechak" near village Bachai. The area of Bohani
is related with Jasraj father of Aalaha Udal & uncle Bachraj, who were Kings during
the period of King Prithavi Raj Chouhan. During the various Historical excavations,
various ancients monuments & reference also found which relates this area with ancient
periods, exact information about the area is found in history books & Historical
Manuscripts from second century AD.
SATVAHAN PERIOD: During second Century this area
was under the rule of Satvahans. Form 4th century the area was under the GUPT KINGDOM,
during which King Samudra Gupt succeed extending the areas of his Kingdom in Central India
& Western part of India In 6th Century there are certain indications of padi Kingdom.
But once again History lost in vein for around 300 years. In 9th century kalchuri Kingdom
established here. The Capital of Kalchuri Rajvansh was Mahishmati Nagari near river
Narmada which later established at Tripuri. As per the records of history books. Kalchuri
Kingdom was expended between Gomati River to Narmada Ghat after fall of Kalchuri, The area
was under control of Father & Uncle of Aalh Udal. who made Bohani as their centre
after this during 4th century ,this area was part of Raj Gond Vansh Empire.
RAJ GOND VANSH: After the establishment of Raj
Gond Vansh an area of piece & prosperity Begins in this area. This Vansh came to
existence by Yadav Rao who laid the foundation of a strong Kingdom at a place called Garha
- Katanga & started a process of strong mighty rule. One of the rulers Sangram Shah
(1400-1541) had established 52 Garh, so strangest the Gond Empire. The fort of Choura Garh
(Chougan) at Narsinghpur was constructed by Sangram Shah, which is still an evidence of
bravery of Veerarayan . The son of Queen Rani Durgawati.
Among the followers of SANGRAM SHAH, Dalpati
shah ruled for a period of 7 years peacefully. After, this Queen Durgawati took the reign,
& gave a proof of courage & bravery & ruled for period of 16 years
(1540--1564). In year 1564 Queen died, while Fighting bravely, giving tough fight to Asif
Khan the Sepoy Salar of King Akbar . In Narsinghpur district at the fort of Chauragarh
Asif Khan trapped prince Veer Narayan & killed him by his Cunning tactics. Thus Garha
Katanga comes under control of Mugals in the year 1564. Gonds Mugals & after then the
area was under control of various officers & administrative & hereditary chiefs
during the Marathas rule. So, the boundaries of area continued to change according
to the powers & influence of their people. Chawarpatha, Barha, Saikheda, Gadarwara,
Shahpur, Singhpur,Shrinagar&Tendukheda were headquarters of various parganas.
BHONSLE RULERS: In year 1785, Madhavji Bhonsle
purchased the area of Mandla & Narmada ghati in 27 lakhs & area was under pressure
of army rule during the reign of Radhoji Bhonsle / Nawab of Bhopal & Pindari' s due to
unsuitability & other problems, the common people were extremely exploited. This
period also known as period of problems & unsuitability. At last in 1817 British rule
came into existence.
BRITISH PERIOD: After the BATTTLE of Sitabardi,
this area come under the control of BRITISH rule in year 1917, which was confirmed by an
alliance in 1926. In this period the area was known as Gadarwara pargana. Chichli &
Gangai. The Gond Jagirs were under Marathas, where as Sindhiya had given Barha &
Paloha Jagirs to Pindari Sardars, Chitu & Karim Khan. In the year 1818 British army
captured fort of Chouragarh & in 1830 the control of this area was given to a
committee. During British rule the Administration of this district was further improved
& in 1836 the area was partitioned & was merged in Hoshangabad district. But after
Bundela revolt in 1843 this part was once again reinstated in this district.
Struggle for Independence: Despite strong
British rule the desire for independence was prevalent among the common people (In 1825
Chawarpatha & Tendukheda were given to British Government, In 1857 the Police station
of Chawarpatha & Tendukheda were Captured by revolutionaries under the leadership of
Gond Chief Delanshah of Nadanpur, with this the struggle for independence was started. But
in the year 1858 Delanshah caught & hanged to death. Thus in the year British cursed
struggle for independence & they succeeded establishing their rule.
CONGRESS MOVEMENT: After the establishment of
Indian National Congress in the year 1885, even in this district the feeling for
Independence was prevalant & strong efforts were made by the people here.Being
motivated by the efforts & leadership of Lokmanya Tilak,Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma
Gandhi ,Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Among the leaders of his district were Gayadutt, Manik
Chand Kochar, Choudhary Shankar Lal ,Thakur Niranjan Singh & Sri Shyam Sunder Narayan
Musharan who lead the people of this district towards the Independence movements. In order
to break the unity & enthusiasm of the people, the British had once again partitioned
the district & merged it with Hoshangabad district but even then, enthusiasm as well
as fight for independence continued in the people`s mind. During the mass demonstration of
satyagrah at Chichli in the year 1932 Mansharam & Gauradevi lost their lives during
Thousands of revolutionaries faced the atrocities of British rule
& gave an example of strong devotion for the country & snipe against the British
rule. When country got Independence in the year 1947 on 15th August, a new era started in
this district. After 9 years of Independence when states were reorganized on the basis of
languages, Narsinghpur, once again became district. Since 1st November 1956, Narsinghpur
district moving towards progress & prosperity in its full existence.