Katni (also known as Murwara (Katni) or Mudwara) is a town on the banks of the Katni River in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Katni District.
It is located in the Mahakoshal Region of Central India. The city is 90 km (56 mi) away from the Divisional Headquarters of the region, Jabalpur. It is one of largest railway junctions in India and has the largest railyard and biggest diesel locomotive shed in India. The city has an abundance of lime and bauxite. Template:As of 2001 India census, Katni had a population of 281,047. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Katni has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 65%. In Katni, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Dussehra is the biggest annual festival in Katni district. The effigy of Ravana made here ranges in height from 43 to 49 metres (141–161 ft). People from far away visit during this time to witness the event. Burning of the effigy was temporarily discontinued due to safety reasons, but has now resumed.