|Jhabua was the capital of a princely state of the British Raj's Central India, in the Bhopawar agency. Its area, with the dependency of Rutanmal, was approx 1,776 square miles (4,600 km2). The Rajas of Jhabua belonged to the Rathor dynasty.The ancestor of the family was Rao Bar Singh a.k.a. the Birji, fifth son of Rao Jodh of Marwar. His descendant, Kunwar Kesho Das or Kishan Das, founded Jhabua in 1584. Raja Kesho Das was first Raja of Jhabua 1584/1607. After India's independence in 1947, its rulers acceded to India, and Jhabua became a part of the newly created Madhya Bharat state, which in 1956 was merged into Madhya Pradesh. Bhabhara which was once part of the Jhabua district, is the place where Chandrasekhar Azad, the freedom fighter spent his early life. But, when Alirajpur district (which was once the part of Jhabua district) got separated from Jhabua, Bhabhra became the part of Alirajpur district.Jhabua has an average elevation of 318 metres (1043 feet). Jhabua is located at the bottom right side of MP, mainly towards Gujarat. Jhabua city is famous for its black cotton soil commonly known as "White Gold". The district has some beautiful tourist destinations like Bhabhara, Deojhiri,and Kathiwada. Bhagoria Haat Festival is organized in Jhabua. It is celebrated in the month of March before the Holi festival.