Former Madhya Pradesh governor Bhai Mahavir passed away in Delhi after brief illness. He was 94 and survived is by his two daughters. His wife passed away earlier.
- Mahavir served as the Madhya Pradesh governor from April 1998 to May 2003. Born on October 30, 1922 in Lahore, Mahavir joined RSS as Pracharak and had also served as the member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms.
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources and Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra and the state BJP president among others expressed deep condolence on his demise.
Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India, retains landmarks from eras throughout Indian history. Begun in the 10th century, its Hindu and Jain temples at Khajuraho are renowned for their carvings of erotic scenes, most prominently Kandariya Mahadeva, a temple with more than 800 sculptures. The eastern Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks, noted Bengal tiger sanctuaries, offer guided safaris.
After India’s independence, Madhya Pradesh state was created with Nagpur as its capital: this state included the southern parts of the present-day Madhya Pradesh and north-eastern portion of today’s Maharashtra. In 1956, this state was reorganised and its parts were combined with the states of Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal to form the new Madhya Pradesh state with Bhopal as its capital.
Area: 308,245 km²
Founded: November 1, 1956
Population: 73.34 million (2012)
Capitals: Bhopal, Jabalpur (Judiciary)