IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis


25th April, 2023 Environment

Disclaimer: Copyright infringement not intended.


  • Gandhisagar Sanctuary will be developed as a second home for cheetahs within six months to retain the tag of cheetah state, Madhya Pradesh chief minister announced.

Why the need?

  • The move comes after experts suggested that Kuno National Park (KNP)does not have enough space for all cheetahs.

About the sanctuary


  • Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the northern boundary of Mandsaur and Nimach districts in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • It is spread over an area of 368.62 km2 adjoining Rajasthan state in India.


  • It was notified in 1974 and more area was added in 1983.


  • The Chambal River passes through the sanctuary dividing it into two parts.
  • The western part is in Nimach district and eastern part is in Mandsaur district.
  • It is in the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.

Flora and fauna

  • The principal tree species found in the Sanctuary are Khair (Acacia catechu), Salai, Kardhai, Dhawda, Tendu, Palash etc.
  • The predominant animal species that inhabit the sanctuary are the deer, of which the most easily sighted are the chinkara or Indian gazelle, Nilgai and sambar.
  • In addition the Indian leopard, langur, Indian wild dog, peacock, otter, and Mugger crocodile are present.

Places archaeological and religious importance

Chatubhujnath temple in Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary

  • Chaturbhujnath temple, dedicated to Vishnu, is located about 8 km from Gandhi sagar dam site.


  • Hinglajgarh or Hinglaj Fort is an ancient fort situated near village Navali in Bhanpura tehsil of Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh

Taxakeshwar temple

  • Taxakeshwar temple or Takhaji is a place of religious and historical importance in Mandsaur district.

Bhanpura Museum

  • Bhanpura Museum is located in Bhanpura. The museum depicts the popular arts of Mandsaur.


  • Dharmrajeshwar is an ancient Buddhist and Hindu cave temple site of 4th-5th Century in Mandsaur.


Cheetah: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/cheetah


Q) Which of the following statements with reference to Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is/are correct?

a. Dharmrajeshwar, an ancient Buddhist and Hindu cave temple site, is located here.

b. It is in the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.

  1. a only
  2. b only
  3. both a and b
  4. neither a nor b

Correct Answer: 3