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Nickname(s): Mayurvan
Morena is located in Madhya Pradesh
Country  India
State Madhya Pradesh
District Morena
Morena municipal corporation. 6 Aug 2014.
 • MLA Rustam Singh
 • Total 80. km2 (31 sq mi)
Elevation 177 m (581 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 200,482
 • Rank 154
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 476001
Telephone code 07532
Vehicle registration MP 06
Website .in.nic.morenawww

Morena is a town in the Morena district, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is governed by a municipal corporation. Located there are the administrative headquarters of the Morena District and of the Chambal Division. It is 39 km from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Morena is often mentioned in the popular Indian television series Miley Jab Hum Tum, as the place from where hail the two female protagonists. Paan Singh Tomar was born and lived in Bhidausa, Morena, as noted in the Hindi movie Paan Singh Tomar.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Notable residents 3
  • Cuisine 4
  • Places of interest 5
  • Schools 6
  • Transport 7
    • Road 7.1
    • Indian Railways 7.2
  • References 8


Morena is located at .[2] It has an average elevation of 177 metres (580 feet).

It is connected by rail and national highway with Gwalior and Agra. Oilseed milling and cotton weaving are the chief industries. The city has three colleges affiliated with Jiwaji University and two colleges affiliated with RGPV University. The surrounding region was formerly occupied by the princely states of Sheopur and Tonwarghar. The lower Chambal River basin consists of an alluvial tract in the north, cut by numerous ravines, and a forested area toward the south. Wheat and oilseeds are the main crops, and building stone is quarried. Morena is known for its peacocks (150,959 in 2001).


As of 2011 census, Morena had a population of 288,303.[3] 13.2% of the population is under six years old.[3] Literacy was 80.38%; male literacy was 89.08% and female literacy was 70.22%.[3]

Notable residents


Gajak is a well-known sweet originating at Morena. It is made of sesame and jaggery specially manufactured in the winter season. Other local sweets include Bedaai, Gujia, and Pede.

Places of interest

National Chambal Sanctuary:National Chambal Sanctuary, also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi) tri-state protected area in northern India for the critically endangered gharial (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. Located on the Chambal River near the tripoint of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, it was first declared in Madhya Pradesh in 1978 and now constitutes a long narrow eco-reserve co-administered by the three states. Within the sanctuary the pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills with many sandy beaches.

Pahargarh Cave Paintings:These paintings are more than 30,000 years old on rocks of Ashan River.15 km from Fort Pahargarh

Kakan Math Temple : Sas-Bahu Abhilekh reflects that Suhoniya known as Sihoniya today was the capital of Kushwahas. The Kachwaha kingdom was established in the 11th century between 1015 to 1035 A.D. The Kachwaha king Kirtiraj got a "Shiv Temple erected at Sihoniya. This temple is known as the "Kakan Math". This temple was built without using any adhesive materials. It stand on a spot two miles away from Sihoniya in the north west of Distt. Morena. It is said that Kakanmath was built by king KirtiRaj to fulfill the will of Queen Kakanwati. It is 115 ft. high and is built in the Kajurho style.

Jain Temples : Sihoniya is a holy place of the Jains. In the east of the village, there are the ruins of the Jain temples of the 11th century A.D. In these temples there are statues of the Tirthankars such as Shantinath, Kunthnath, Arahanath, Adinath, Parshvnath and others. The main temple has three statues : Shantinath, Kunthnath and Arhanath of 10 to 15 ft. in height. They are of the 11th century A.D.

Kutwar : Kuntalpur known as Kutwar is the largest ancient village of the Chambal valley. It is just like Hastinapur, Rajgraha and Chadi of the Mahabharat period. The ancient Amba or Harrisiddhi Devi temple and a crescent shaped Dam erected on the river Asan are the beautiful visiting spots of Kutwar.

Bateswar temples in PAdawali

Padawali (Gupta Period):After Naga period, the Gupta empire was established in this area. The 'Gotra' of the emperors of the Gupta dynasty was 'Charan'. 'Gharon' village was inhabited near modern Padawali. Around Gharon there are the ruins of several temples, houses and colonies. This new area of population is known as Padawali because it is surrounded by several hills. Here was a magnificent ancient Vishnu Temple which was later converted into a big 'Garhi'. The terrace, the courtyard and the assembly hall of this temple are the 'epitome' of ancient culture. The standing statue of a Lion on the ruined gate seems to say that there was a time when he used to watch the temple with his companion at its gate. More than fifty monuments of different kinds can be seen at Padawali up to the valley of Bhuteshwar.

Chausath Yogini Temple at Mitavli in Morena district

Mitawali :In the north of Naresar, there is a sixty four Yogini temple situated on the hundred feet high mountain. It is a wonderful circular construction of 170 feet radius on the style of Delhi's parliament house. Attached to circular verandah there are sixty four rooms and a big courtyard in the temple. In the centre of the temple there is the circular temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Anuranjan.

Sabalgarh Fort : Amongst the monuments of the medieval age the fort of Sabalgarh is worth visiting. The beautiful ‘Bandh’ built behind the fort in the Scindia period has made the whole scene most fascinating. The foundation of Sabalgarh was laid by a ‘Gujar’ named Sabla in the past. Construction of the fort on a somewhat high cliff was made by Gopal Singh, the Raja of Karoli. Sikandar Lodhi sent a big army to hold control over this strongly built fort. The Marathas in their campaign of northern India again won it and gave it back to the king of Karoli. But in the year 1795 A.D. it was again taken from him by Khande Rao whose big house still stands there. Lord Vallejali Daulat Rao Scindia (1764-1837) lived in the Fort of Gwalior during his regime. It was seized by the English in the year 1804-5. In 1809 the area around this fort was added in the kingdom of Scindia.

  • Sersaini Fort: 35km in west from district headquarters of Morena. Near the bank of Chambal River is the well established Sati Mata Mandir of the Sikarwarsurya Vansi clan. Rao Dalpat Singh Urf Rao Dalkoo Sikarwar (also known Dalkoo Baba) ruled over the Sersaini state in 1404 sambad (1347 AD) and declare king of sersaini state in 1404 vikram sambad (1347 AD). He defeated the Meena-Rawat king in Battle of Sersaini on Holi Parwa day in 1404 Vikram sambad.
  1. This fort was built before 1000 ce. Behind Sersaini Fort is the Sati Mata Mandir of Sikarwar Surya Vansi clan was established by the Sikarwar clan in 1984 CE. Rao Dalpat Singh (Rao Dalkoo) Sikarwar ruled over the Sersaini state in the capital of Sersaini from 1404 vikrami sambad to ... ? and He was self declare king of Sersaini state on the victory in the "battle of Sersaini" defeating King Ssikarwars clan.


Famous schools are:

  1. Government Excellence Higher Secondary School
  2. Neil World Public School
  3. Ganga Public School
  4. Saint Mary's School
  5. Government MLB Higher Secondary School
  6. T.R. Gandhi Public School
  7. Kendriya Vidyalaya



Morena is situated on National Highway No. 3. The roadway connects all the parts of the state and nearby states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated at the heart of India and can be reached from anywhere in India through National Highway No. 3. The City has Mofussil (city-to-city) bus services with connections to nearby towns and villages. Buses from Morena connect to cities such as Agra, New Delhi, Gwalior, and Indore.

Distances from other major cities by road
Sl no City Distance
1 Delhi 291
2 Jaipur 300
3 Kanpur 290
4 Lucknow 370
5 Agra 80
6 Gwalior 39
7 Aligarh 167
8 Mathura 150
9 Vrindavan 165
10 Bareilly 300
11 Meerut 320
12 Jhansi 120
13 Hindaun City 159
14 Faridabad 260
15 Khajuraho 325
16 Kota 370

Indian Railways

Morena is well connected by train services to all parts of the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Indore and other major cities. Direct connections by train are available to these cities. Express trains such as the Bhopal Express, Taj Express and Bhopal Shatabdi and many more stop at Morena. Morena is located in between Delhi-Bhopal Railway route; it takes by train from Morena 4 hours to reach Delhi and 6 hours to reach Bhopal. Morena Railway Station is classified under 80 A class stations across India. This Railway Station is also famous for cold drinking water in summer by National Scouts and Guide.


  1. ^ "Census of India Search details". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Morena
  3. ^ a b c "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011; Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (pdf). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
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