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Petlawad is located in Madhya Pradesh
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Petlawad is located in India
Petlawad (India)
Coordinates: 23°00′N 74°48′E / 23.0°N 74.8°E / 23.0; 74.8Coordinates: 23°00′N 74°48′E / 23.0°N 74.8°E / 23.0; 74.8
Country  India
State Madhya Pradesh
District Jhabua
Elevation 388 m (1,273 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 15,175[1]
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-MP
Vehicle registration MP

Petlawad is a town and a Nagar Panchayat (not to be confused with Gram Panchayat or Panchayat Samiti) in the Jhabua district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, formerly the Central Provinces. Major towns in the region are Raipuria, Sarangi, Bamnia and Karwad. The town was in the news when an explosion on 12 September 2015 killed approx 100 people and injured over 150 people get in Petlawad explosion .[2] India's national bird, the peacock, is well-adapted to climate conditions prevailing in Petlawad.


Petlawad is a part of the Malwa (Malwa) region of Madhya Pradesh. It is 310.2 km from Bhopal and 147.9 km from Indore. Petlawad is located at 23°00′N 74°48′E / 23.0°N 74.8°E / 23.0; 74.8.[3] It has an average elevation of 388 metres (1272 feet).


  • In the 2011 census, Petlawad had a population of 15,174 of which 7,791 were males while 7,383 were females.
  • The average sex ratio is 948 which is higher than the Madhya Pradesh state average of 931.
  • The literacy rate is 84% compared to 69.3% for Madhya Pradesh. The male literacy rate is 92.5% while the female literacy rate is 74.8%.
  • Schedule Caste (SC) constitutes 7% of the population while Schedule Tribe is 24%.[1]


Agriculture is the main occupation of the people. The region is part of important wheat-growing area of the country.

Important Crops:-

  • Wheat
  • Maize
  • Soybean
  • Groundnut
  • Garlic

Other than Agriculture, cloth and jewellery selling is the famous occupation in petlawad.


Petlawad is famous for its Adivasi (ethnic and tribal) traditions, owing to its location in the Jhabua district. The Adivasi festival Bhagoriya is celebrated in many parts of the Petlawad Nagar Panchyat. The Nilkantheshwar temple is located in Petlawad. India's national bird, the peacock, is well-adapted to climate conditions prevailing in Petlawad. Petlawad was selected for a residential-colony for the Mahi River dam project. The residential-colony is located 1.5 Kilometres from Petlawad.


  1. ^ a b "Petlawad City Population Census 2011 - Madhya Pradesh". 
  2. ^ Mishra, Ritesh (September 13, 2015). "105 killed in Jhabua explosion; 'people were thrown away like pebbles'". Hindustan Times. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Maps, Weather, and Airports for Petlawad, India". 
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