Gondia, or Gondiya (Marathi: ), is a city in the state of Maharashtra in western India, and is the administrative headquarters of Gondia District. Gondia is also known as Rice City by local people due to abundance of rice mills in the area.
Gondia is very close to Madhya Pradesh state, and is considered the gateway to Maharashtra from central and eastern India. It has more than 1000 rice mills and some small scale tobacco industries. The adjoining districts to Gondia are on northern side Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh and to the south there are Chandrapur and Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and to West Bhandara district of Maharashtra. Gondia is referred as "Mini Mumbai" in many aspects. Bhavbhuti was an 8th century scholar of India noted for his plays and poetry, written in Sanskrit. His plays are considered equivalent to the works of Kalidas. Bhavbhuti was born in a Deshastha Brahmin family of Padmapura(Amgaon), Vidarbha, central India, in Gondia district.Bhavabhuti Maha Vidyalya one of the famous places in Gondia District has been given the name in the honour of Bhavbhuti.