Raipur (Chhattisgarh): ‘Rice Bowl of India’
Blessed by nature the 21st century state of Chhattisgarh came into existence on 1st November, 2000. Raipur (Latitude: 21016’N; Longitude: 810 36’’E), is the capital city of Chhattisgarh, situated at an altitude of 298 meters above the sea level. Raipur has been in existence since the 9th century; the old site and ruins of the fort can be seen in the southern part of the city. Raipur district is important historically and as a point of interest archaeologically. This district was once part of the Dakshina Kosala Kingdom and later considered part of the Maurya Empire. Raipur has been the capital of the Haihaya Dynasty Kalchuri kings, controlling the forts of Chhattisgarh for a considerable period. Satawahana kings ruled this part until the 2nd –3rd century.
Bastar is a tribal region in Chhattisgarh, blessed with an exceptional scenic beauty that beckons the lovers of nature to explore the forests, waterfalls, wildlife, ancient temples, tribal dances and music. Located at a distance of 300 km from Raipur, Bastar is one of the most significant eco-friendly destinations of the country. It has plenty to offer to its visitors with its valuable tribal art and culture that lie in and around the lush green city of Jagdalpur. One can choose from National Parks, waterfalls, natural caves, palaces, museums and places of religious significance.
Sirpur is situated 84 Km from Raipur and has a rich background of traditional cultural heritage and architecture. The archaeological remains are still a pride for this region. The Buddha Viharas in Sirpur are older than Nalanda. The town of sirpur has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, dating back to the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D.
Barnawapara Wildlife sanctuary, is named after Bar and Nawapara forest villages, which are in the heart of the sanctuary. The well-stocked forests of the sanctuary classified as teak, sal and mixed forests. This sanctuary is famous for the frequent sighting of the Indian bison (Gaur) Cheetal, Sambhar, Neelgai, Wild boar are commonly seen. Bar-Nawapara boosts of over 150 species birds.
Rajim is famous for its rich cultural heritage and the beautiful ancient temples. The holy confluence of three rivers Mahanadi (Chitrotpala), Pairi and Sondur, called TriveniSangam is at Rajim. Rajim is also known as the “Prayag” of the Chhattisgarh. Every year sages from all across the country reach the Kumbhmela which begins from Maaghpoornima and lasts till Mahashivratri. It is situated 49 Km from Raipur.
Bhoramdeo Temple, or the ‘Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh’, carved on the rocky stones in the Nagar style is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated in 120 Km from Raipur. This temple was built in the period of 7th to 11th century A.D and is beautifully located amidst mountain ranges.
Champaranya (earlier known as Champajhar) situated at a distance of 10 km from raipur, is a small but famous village as it’s the birthplace of the saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. A beautiful temple has been constructed in honor of this great saint, which has enhanced the religious holiness of the place. The temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva is another attraction at Champaranya.
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