Places to See in Chhattisgarh
(Champajhar) The village Champajhar now known as Champaran situated
60 Km from Raipur is famous as the birth place of Saint Vallabhacharya,
the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. There is a temple
constructed in honour of Swamy Vallabhacharya and a temple of Champakeshwara
Mahadeva. Two well furnished Dharmasalas are available for stay
at Champaran. The birth anniversary of the saint is celebrated during
April - May when large number of his followers assemble to pay homage.
An annual fair is also held during January- February.
Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum
Located near D.K.Hospital, the Museum was established in 1875 by
Raja Mahant Ghasidas of Rajnandgaon. The museum records the major
events in the town's history. It has two floors with five galleries.
The first floor has objects related to nature and its history containing
various mammals, Snakes, and birds. There is also a huge library
Mahakoshal Art Gallery
This octagon shaped gallery is also located near D.K.Hospital. This
gallery displays art works of the locals.
There are many lakes in Raipur. The biggest of them is the spectacular
lake Budhapara, built around 1402, by Kalchuri emperor King Bramhdeo.
Another lake of prominence is the Kho-kho lake. There are many beautiful
parks also in Raipur city.
Sirpur or Shripur
Sirpur or Shripur the city of wealth has been mentioned in ancient
epigraphic records and dates back to a periods ranging from between
the Fifth and the Eighth century A.D. It was then the capital of
the Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin Kosala or Chhattigarh.
It was an important centre of Buddhist from the 6th the 10th century
A.D. and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the 7th Century Chinese Pilgrims
and Scholar. Excavations in and around the village have yielded
scores of temple sites constructed of bricks, stone pillars and
sculptures such as the Shiva Temple of Panchayatan style and the
beautiful sculpture of Mahishasuramardini. Two Buddhist monasteries
have also been found.
The Lakshmana Temple found here is a brick temple dedicated to Lord
Vishnu. The temple is the only brick temple of its size still standing
in this State. The door frame is of stone and a figure of the reclining
Vishnu on the Sheshnag may be found on the Lintel. This temple was
built by Vasata, the widow queen of Harsh Gupta of the Somvansh.
Another temple is the GANDHESHESHWARA TEMPLE (formerly Gandharveshvara)
and is interesting because of the Epigraphic records and Genealogy
of the Kings of the Somvansh. Some extremely good Vaishnav sculptures
are to be found in the Mandapa and several Jain, Buddhist and Hindu
Sculptures have been collected in the precincts of the temple. The
most interesting feature of the Sirpur site is that archeological
pieces connected with the Shaiv, Vaishnav, Jain and Buddhist religions
(of approximately the same age) have been found side by side. The
ruins are seen on the banks of numerous tanks existing within a
radius of about 6 kilometers around Sirpur.
The Forest village Turturiya Situated on the bank of a spring called
Turturiya or Sursuri Ganga contains numerous buddhist remains of
8th Century A.D. and the Brahmanical remains of later period. The
site yielded numerous exquisitely sculptured pillars, remains of
STUPA made of fine bricks, traces of bathing Ghats, Lingams figures
of four armed Vishnu, Ganesha, a man hunting a lion with sword and
a man wrestling with an animal. There are numerous heaps of ruins
all of bricks, picked with stone. The place is of a great archaeological
and anthropological interest.
Situated on the right bank of the river Mahanadi was one of the
important urban centres in the Mahakoshal region. It is famous for
its fine group of temples. The main temple is dedicated to Lord
Vishnu known as Rajivalochana Temple. The twelve pillars of the
temple have tall single figures sculptured on the face like Durga
with eight arms, the Ganga and Yamuna and exquisitely carved incarnation
of Vishnu, Rama, Varaha (boar) and Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion) etc.
There is also a black stone statue of the Budha meditating under
the Bodhi tree. There are other temples around the main temple of
Rajivalochana dedicated to different incarnations of lord Vishnu
such as Vamana (dwart) Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion) Badrinath and Jagannath.
Of the ruins of numerous temples found nearby the most remarkable
is that of Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple. The tongue of the land on
which the temple stands became severed from the main land by the
river and is now actually on an island. Three inscriptions belonging
to Somavanashis, Nalas and Kalchuris are found here.
Barnawapara sanctuary occupies the Northern part of Mahasamund District
and covers an area of 244.66 sq. Kms.
Sita Nadi Sanctuary:
The Sitanadi Sanctuary occupies the Southern most parts of Dhamtari
Tehsil in Raipur District land joins Orrisa State boundary. It covers
lover 552.55 Sq. Kms. of area.
The Udanti Sanctuary occupies the South-Eastern portion of Gariaband
Tehsil of Raipur District and adjoins Orissa State in Eastern side.
It covers an area of 247.59 Sq. Kms. The Sanctuary is principally
created to protect the wild buffaloes. The other species are also
abundant in the area.