Bednar, a district and town in the territory of Mysore, Southern India. The former occupies a fertile table-land on the summit of the Western Ghats, having an elevation of 5,000 feet. The rainfall being very heavy, vegetation is luxuriant. Pepper, cardamoms, areca-nuts, and sandal wood are produced in large quantities. The town, known also as Nuggur, was in the 17th century a prosperous place, as the capital of the rajahs of Ikeri. Haider Ali took it, and in 1783 it surrendered to the British. Tipu Sahib, however, recaptured it, putting General Matthews and the garrison to the sword. It is now much reduced in size.