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ARMORI.

Armori is a large village in Gadhciroli tahsil lying on the road connecting Gadhciroli and Brahmapuri, 24 km. (15 miles) distant from the former and 33.79 km. (21 miles) from the latter. It is also connected with Mendki by a good all-weather road which further on runs to Talodhi. As per the 1961 Census the village population is 8,628, and mainly consists of Kostis, Kunbis, Tells and Dhimars. The weekly bazar held on Fridays is one of the most important markets in this part of the district for the surrounding villages, the traffic in grain, cloth and cattle being particularly heavy. In olden days Armori used to be a great entrepot for the disposal of iron smelted in the east of the district, but in recent times it has ceased to be such a centre. It is the headquarters of the Wairagad forest range and being situated within 12.87 km. (eight miles) of Wairagad, a good deal of forest produce is brought here. 3.21 km. (two miles) west flows the Wainganga river and during the rains carries a small boat traffic. Among the manufactures of the place figure coarse and fine cloth, country carts called dhamnis, and tasar weaving and spinning. The village is chiefly noted for dhamnis, and the dhamnis of Armori are well known in this part of the district and command a good market. A few families of Dhimars are engaged in rearing tasar silk worms and some of the patterns woven here are of more than usual merit. Armori, has besides primary schools, a high school, a block development office, a primary health centre, a post office, a police station and a rest house. Armori has also a Survey Education Treatment Centre whose task is to find out leprosy-affected patients, treat them and educate them in respect of the adoption of preventive measures. The only extant building of any archaeological interest is an old triple-shrine Saivite temple which Cunningham assigns to Raja Haracandra Gond, but there was no Gond king of that name, and hence it appears likely that he means Hir Sah, who during a prosperous reign adorned his. kingdom with several fine buildings. The conjecture that the temple might have been built by Raja Haracandra Gond, a Killedar of Wairagad, is not unlikely. There is a large tank lying north-west of the temple. However, the temple lies in a neglected state. Fragments of sculptures lie about in its neighbourhood pointing to the existence of temples at one time or the other. The village once belonged to Raja Raghuji Rav of Nagpur. There are wells for drinking water but the village suffers from inadequacy of water during the latter half of summer.

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