Culture & Heritage

The Northern part of the district has a touch of Bundelkhandi language and culture. The Southern belt of the district has overtone of Marathi Language and Maharastrian culture. The rest of the district is predominantly tribal, populated by the Gonds and Korkus. They worshipped Bada Mahadev. Their rituals are mostly of sacrificial nature. Despite education they still believe in superstitions. The use natural hurbs for the healthcare. There are some inistituons for classical Music like, Bhatkhande sangeet collage at Betul. There is another group amateurs working on various Music Directors from the research angle. An archeology museum has been working for about fifteen years. There is a small collection of statues and sculptures recently the District Administration has displayed information on the points of historical interests. All over the District are scattered Monuments and relics of historical interests such as Khedla which was the seat of the Gond Dynasty way back in the 13th century. There are other smaller ports at Asirghad and Bhawarghad in Multai tehisil some caves have been seen which are supposed to be the hiding place of the Pindaries.

At Bhainsdehi there is an Old Shiva Temple built of carved stones . The roof at long ago collapsed. At present there are some beautifully carved pillars.

7 Km from Amla there are twin village of Kazili and Kanigiya which contain old Temples of Hindus and Jains built in stone. They appeared to be places of considerable religious importance. If excavation is carried out here , it can result in the discovery of numerous objects of Archeological value.

At Muktagiri, there are some Jain Temples built on a hill as the name suggests the place had been sacred to the Jaines who came here to pass their last days. The District is famous for the apprising of the tribals against the British rule. Banjaridal a village in Betul tahisil is well known for the martyr Vishnu Singh Gond. The District participated in the growth of freedom movement so much so that no fewer than 50 volunteers to part in the Conference of congress at Nagpur.