Rajnandgaon District is situated in the central part of
. It covers an area of 8,023 sq km and has a population of around 1.3 million. The climate is tropical and the average rainfall is 1,274 mm. The principal river is the Sheonath
, which is a tributary of the Mahanadi
. The main tribes are
. The economic activities of these tribes are focused on tendu leaf collection and minor forest products.
Rajnandgaon has a rich culture of sports. Dongargarh is a main tourist and pilgrim center. The famous Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple is on a hilltop of 1600 ft in the town of Dongargarh.
Lakh of people throng the shrine during the navratris of Kavar (during Dussehra) and Chaitra (during Ram Navami).