Khandwa is a City and a Nagar Nigam in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Khandwa district, formerly known as East Nimar District. Khandwa is an ancient city, with many places of worship, like many other cities in India. Mostly they are Hindu and Jain temples. During the 12th century AD. it was a centre of Jainism. During British rule, it passed nearby Burhanpur as the main commercial centre of the Nimaad region. Khandwa is a major railway junction, where the Malwa line connecting Indore with the Deccan meets the main east-west line from Mumbai to Kolkata.