Damoh is a district of Madhya Pradesh State located in Central India. The district is part of Sagar Division. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the State and geographically located at 23 deg 09’ north latitude and 79 deg 03’ east longitude. The district is surrounded by Sagar in the west, Narsinghpur & Jabalpur in the South, Chhatarpur in the North, Panna & Katni in the east.
This place has long history dating back to ancient times excavated. Stone Age tools found in Singrampur Valley are testimony to the fact that this place was the cradle of human civilization and habitat since millions of years. In more recent times, around 5th century, it was part of mighty grand empire of Guptas of Pataliputra, It was established by the plaques and coins along with various monuments found in the region belonging to the reign of Samudragupta, Chandragupta, and Skandgupta. From 8th century to 12th century some parts of the Damoh district were parts of Chedi Empire ruled by Kalchuri dynasty from capital Tripuri.
The magnificent temple at Nohta is a Living example of the glory of Kalchuries in 10th century. Historical evidences also proves that some regions of the district were under the Chandels of the Jejak -Bhukti. 14th century heralded the era of Muslim rule in the region and stone carving at Salaiya and Batiyagarh mention Khilzi and Tuglaq as Sultans. Later on, the Sultan of Malwa annexed the region in to his fold. In the last quarter of the 15th century, Sangram Shah of Gond dynasty annexed the region into its dynamic and mighty empire consisting of 52 forts. It was the era of peace and prosperity for the region.
According to legends Damoh got its name from the name of the Queen of Narvar Rani Damyanti, wife of Raja Nal.