Raipur"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

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    Rajim - Rajim is situated on the right bank of the Mahanadi River. Most prominent attraction of the town is the Rajivalochana Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Tall single figures sculptured on the face adorn the twelve pillars of the temple. These sculptures include Durga with eight arms, the Ganga and Yamuna and exquisitely carved incarnation of Vishnu, Rama, Varaha (boar) and Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion) and others. In the town, a black stone statue of the Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree can also be found. Around Rajivalochana Temple, several temples can be found that are dedicated to different incarnations of Lord Vishnu such as Vamana (boar), Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion), Badrinath and Jagannath. Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple is located on an island, which was severed from the mainland by the river.

     

    Hajra - Hajra has a 46 m high falls that is situated amongst dense forests, hills and tunnels. Located in Dongargarh, the area is a popular picnic spot.

     

    Bhilai Steel Plant - Bhilai Steel Plant is a major producer of steel plates and structural components. India's only producer of steel rails, it was set up with the help of the USSR. Apart from being the sole supplier of the country's longest rail tracks of 260 m, it is also the sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates and of structural.

     

    Mahamaya Temple - Mahamaya Temple in Raipur is located in the old fort area of the city. This ancient 11th century temple lying on the banks of River Khaaroon belongs to the Kalchuri era, has been renovated many times and is visited by many devotees daily. The temple is dedicated to Devi Durga possessing all the good qualities and the power of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Besides daily pujas the two festivals of Navaratri and Durgapuja are celebrated here when thousands of devotees come here seeking blessings of Goddess Mahamaya. The affairs of the temple are managed by 'Sidh Shakti Peeth Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir Trust'. Samleswari Temple located in the same compound is dedicated to Devi Samlai. Near to Mahamaya temple there are a few more attractions like Doodhadhari Monastery, Lake Maharaja Bandh, Kho-Kho Lake, and Budhapara Lake. Raipur is a famous shopping destination for exquisite goods in wrought iron and bell metal, stone sculptures and terra cotta products.

     

    Barnawapara Sanctuary - Barnawapara Sanctuary is located in northern part of Mahasamund District of Chhattisgarh. Spread over an area of 245 sq km, the sanctuary was established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging from 265 to 400 metres forms the topography of the region. Tigers, leopards, hyenas, antelopes, porcupine, bison, pythons and many other species are found in the sanctuary. Bird species found in the park include herons, bulbul, parrots, egrets and several rare avifaunas. Flora of the sanctuary consists of trees like sal, teak, bamboo and other tropical dry deciduous trees, along with mahua, tendu, ber and seemal trees. The sanctuary is also home to sloth bears, flying squirrels, jackals, four-horned antelopes, leopards, chinkara, black bucks, jungle cats, barking deer, porcupines, and monkeys.

     

    Burha Talab - Burha Talab is situated in ‘Purani Basti. Named by the combination of two words, Burha that means old and Talab meaning pond, it is the largest lake in the city. In the middle of the lake is an island that is covered with green trees and gardens. The lake is also popular for its musical fountain.

     

    Champaran - Champaran has religious significance for being the birthplace of the Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. Located at a distance of about 60 km from Raipur, the village has a temple that was constructed in honour of Saint Vallabhacharya. Temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva is located next to this temple. Every year in the month of Magh, an annual fair is held in the village. On eleventh bright day of Baisakh (April-May), birth anniversary of Saint Vallabhacharya is celebrated every year. The village is swarmed by devotees on the anniversary of the birth of Saint Vallabhacharya. In the village is also located the Temple of Saint Vallabhacharya, the place of worship for the followers of the Vallabha Sect.

     

    Jatmai Temple - Jatmai Temple is located in Gariaband, 85 km from Raipur. Set amongst the beautiful locales of a small forest, Jatmai Temple is dedicated to Mata Jatmai. The temple is beautifully carved out of granite with numerous small shikharas or towers and a single huge tower. On the top of the main entrance, one can see murals depicting mythological characters. The stone idol of Jatmai is placed inside the sanctum. One can also visit Ghatarani waterfall, a larger waterfall situated 25 km from Jatmai Temple. The Jatmai Temple wears a decorative look on special festive occasions like Navaratri which is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion. This is the best time to visit.

     

    Arang - Arang is situated near the Eastern limits of Raipur City. This Nagar Panchayat in Raipur District, it is most often referred to as the city of temples. In addition to Baaghdewal, Mahamaya, Danteshwari and Jain Temples, the town is also home to the 11th century Bhandewal Jain Temple.

     

    Dhamdha - Dhamdha has been declared as the Nagar Panchayat of the district of Durg of Chhattisgarh state. Old palatial building structure known as the Prachin Kila and the Mandir are prominent highlights of the town.

     

    Balaji Temple - Balaji Temple contains shrines dedicated to Balaji, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama.

     

    Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum - Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum is home to a collection of inscriptions, images, coins, sculptures and other items that are of historical significance to the region. Collections of the museum are displayed on two floors and in 5 galleries. In the museum is also located a library having a collection of records of the major happenings of the city’s history. Established in 1875 by Raja Mahant Ghasidas of Rajnandgaon, the museum is a preservation site of different types of objects of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history. Arts, crafts, and paintings comprise the compilation of the museum. On the first floor of the museum, objects related to nature and its history containing various mammals, snakes, and birds have been showcased.

     

    Banjari Mata Mandir - Banjari Mata Mandir is believed to have been established by Shree Harish Joshi. Legend behind the construction of the temple states that Shree Harish Joshi found a stone looking like an idol of Banjari Mata. Following his discovery, he began to worship the idol. Soon, the idol combined huge renown, leading to the construction of the temple.

     

    Tandula - Tandula is a dam that is located at the confluence of Tandula and Sukha Nala Rivers. Completed in 1921, the dam stores water from catchments area of 827.2 sq km.

     

    Bhand Dewal Temple - Bhand Dewal Temple, dating from the mediaeval period, has a distinguished style of Jain architecture. This dilapidated Jain temple is situated at Arang in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. Assignable to the late 11th century Bhumija style, the five-storeyed temple is stellate on plan with six offsets. Having ornate lofty socle and two bands of sculptures on the wall, it interprets the Bhumija mode in the regional Kalchuri style.

     

    Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple - Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple is known for its inscriptions that date back to the periods of Somavanshis, Nalas and Kalchuris. Situated on an island, it is one of the prominent shrines at Rajim.

     

    Nagar Ghadi - Nagar Ghadi is a singing clock made by Raipur Development Authority. Constructed in 1995, the clock sings tunes of Chhattisgarhi folk music every hour before hourly bell chime.

     

    Shadani Darbar - Shadani Darbar has been named after the saint Shri Shadaramji Saheb. Spread over an area of 12 acres, it has a hall where Dhuni Saheb is kept. On either side of the wall, beautiful engraved images of gods and avatars (incarnations) are present. Every day, Dukh Bhanjan Dhuni is performed. Musical fountains with religious idols and statues are also found within the darbar.

     

    Rajeev Smriti Van - Rajeev Smriti Van has been developed in memory of Late Rajeev Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. This unique ex-situ conservation site covers an area of 14 acres. From a barren site, it has been developed as an ex-situ conservation centre. By providing an understanding on the dynamics of trees, nature and environment, the centre is poised to build public awareness towards the conservation of nature.  

     

    Udanti Sanctuary - Udanti Sanctuary was created to protect the wild buffaloes. Apart from occupying south-eastern portion of Gariaband taluka of Raipur District in Chhattisgarh, the sanctuary also adjoins Orissa state in eastern side. Spread over an area of 247 sq km, the sanctuary was established in 1983 after the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was passed. After River Udanti that flows through this region, the sanctuary has derived its name. Hilly and some parts are plain land form the topography of the region. In addition to wild buffaloes, the sanctuary also offers abode to tigers, antelopes, black bucks, jackals, foxes, bison, barking deer, wild dogs, hyenas, and cobras. Magpie robins, herons, parrots, egrets and pea fowls form the bird population inhabiting the sanctuary.

     

    Dudhadari Temple - Dudhadari Temple is located in the Purani Basti area of Raipur. Built by King Jaitsingh, the temple dates to the 17th century. The temple has been named after the fact that during the reign of the king, the main saint of the temple used to accept only offerings of milk from the devotees. Dedicated to Lord Rama, the temple has derived its named after the deeds of Swami Balbhadra Das. The temple is situated on the banks of an ancient river called Maharajbandh.

     

    Budhapara Lake - Budhapara Lake was built by the Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo. Dating from 1402 AD, the lake is a favourite picnic spot in the region.

     

    Rajivalochana Temple - Rajivalochana Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Literally meaning 'the beautiful-eyed one', the temple displays an example of Mahakosala architecture. On 12 pillars of the temple are carved, beautiful figures of Goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama and Lord Narasimha. Built in the 8th century, the temple is located in Rajim, which is known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh for having the confluence of three rivers, Mahanadi, Pairy and Sondhu. Located on the banks of the Mahanadi River, the temple has the chaitya arch window motif as the main design. Entrance to the shrine is adorned with sculptures of nagins (snake goddesses). In proximity of this temple is located other temples of various incarnations of Lord Vishnu like the Vamana and the Narasimha.

     

    Ganga Maiya Temple - Ganga Maiya Temple is believed to have been built by a fisherman who saw an idol in his fishing net. Found in his net, this idol of Goddess Ganga was initially established in a hut. The temple is located near the Balod area of Chhattisgarh.

     

    Maharajabandh Lake - Maharajabandh Lake was built by Maharaja Roadani in 1770. To the north of the lake lie ruins of a mediaeval fort. King Ram Chandra, the founder of Raipur had initiated the construction of the fort during his reign.

     

    Nandanvan Garden - Nandanvan Garden is located on the banks of the Khaaroon River. In this beautiful garden are also housed a mini zoo with animals such as lions, tigers, panthers and deer.

     

    Shivani Temple - Shivani Temple, one of the ancient temples in the city, is located in Kanker. Entirely built in white marble, the architecture of the temple is beautiful with intricately carved domes and traditional shrines. This holy shrine is popular for having one of the two unique idols in the world. The idol in the shrine is a combination of Goddess Kali and Goddess Durga. Carved out of black stone, one vertical half represents Goddess Kali and other half represents Goddess Durga. The other half-and-half deity idol is found in Kolkata. The holy shrine is popular for celebrating Navrathri festival during which thousands of devotees visit the temple. On all the nine days of this festival, the goddess is decorated beautifully with jewelry and flowers. The temple is illuminated with lamps and decorated with flower garlands. It is believed that visiting the temple offers eternal happiness. Not only Hindus, devotees from other religions also visit the temple to seek the blessings of Shivani Maa. Special poojas are offered to the goddess every day.

     

    Deobalod - Deobalod is famous for the ancient temple of Lord Shiva that dates to the 5th century. This sub-town of Charoda is also famous for the Sri Hanuman Mandir, Sri Kali Mandir, Sri Ram Mandir, Sri Jagannath Mandir, and St. Vincent Palloti Church. Beside the Lord Shiva Temple, a pond is located, which is believed to have an underground link to another old town in Chhattisgarh state named Arang. Statue of Nandi is placed at the entrance of the temple. Sculptures of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha, along with other deities have been placed within the temple. Outside the temple, sculptures of warriors, dancing men and women, animals and gods can be found. Walls of the temple are adorned with few erotic sculptures.

     

    Vivekanand Sarovar - Vivekanand Sarovar also known as Burha Talab is an old lake in the city. It is said that Swami Vivekanand stayed near the lake and took bath in the pond when he was in Raipur and so the lake was named after him. The major attraction of this lake is the 37 ft high statue of Swami Vivekananda that is installed here. Being the largest model of Swami Vivekananda, this has been added to the Limca Book of Records. The statue is made of bronze and is in sitting position. Evenings are the best time to visit this lake when the colorful light fountains add more beauty to the surroundings. Another added attraction is the beautifully maintained garden lying adjacent to the lake.

     

    Ghatarani Waterfalls - Ghatarani Waterfalls is a popular picnic spot situated at a distance of 85 km from Raipur. Set amongst the beautiful locales of thick vegetation, Ghatarani waterfalls is the biggest waterfall in Chhattisgarh. The falls are surrounded by lush greenery which makes it a perfect location to have a family picnic. The water fall is reached after a small trek through the forest. The waterfall plunges into a natural pool that is the best place to take a dip and swim or have fun. The more adventurous can take a hike into the forest and explore the variety of flora and fauna. During offseason, you can even clamber up the rocks of the waterfalls to see the water plunging down. After monsoons, the waterfall is in full flow. But unlike many other waterfalls in India, this cascade should be avoided during the monsoon season due to the rough and dangerous levels of the fast flowing waters and the slippery rocks.

     

    Sheorinarayan Temple - Sheorinarayan Temple is a 13th century temple that has ruined shikhara clustered with multiple turrets. Situated on the banks of the Mahanadi River, the temple displays Vaishnav shaili (style) and is believed to have been built by the kings of Hayhay Vansh. During the Magh Purnima in February, Sheorinarayan Fair is organised at the temple.

     

    Deorbijia Temple - Deorbijia Temple is situated at Deorbijia in Durg District of Chhattisgarh.

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  • Hotels of Raipur

    Babylon International Hotel, Raipur

    V.I.P. Road

    Surrounding lush green and dense forest, Hotel Babylon International offers great value for money. The hotel is away from the city center, but on the way to Raipur city from the airport, thereby offering convenient arriv

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    Simran Hotel, Raipur

    Beside Nirankari Furniture

    Hotel Simran Regency is located at Main road, Pandri. Mar Thoma Church (Approx. 1km) and Mahamaya Temple (Approx. 4km) are places of popular attraction near the hotel. Mahamaya Temple is located in the old fort area of t

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    Grand Arjun Hotel, Raipur

    NEAR INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE

    Hotel Grand Arjun is located beside Millennium Plaza on G.E. Road and is fairly close to the railway station. It lies close to Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum (Approx. 1km) and Mahamaya Mandir (Approx. 2km). Mahant Ghasi

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    Grand International Hotel, Raipur

    BEHIND GURUDWARA

    Hotel Grand International is located very close to the railway station behind the Gurudwara. It is proximate to tourist spots like Vivekananda Sarovar [Budha Talab] (Approx. 4km) and Telibandha Talab (Approx. 5km). Budha

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    Kanishka Hotel, Raipur

    Gurunanak Chowk

    Hotel Kanishka is located in Gurunanak Chowk which lies close to Raipur junction railway station. This hotel is close to Gayatri Mandir (Approx. 2km) and Balaji Temple (Approx. 4km) which is visited by many pilgrims. Oth

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    Hotel Babylon Inn, Raipur

    Jail Road

    Designed with luxury and elegance, Hotel Babylon Inn guarantees a blissful experience. Experience the true beauty of nature with the lush green and dense forest surrounding the inn. Situated in Raipur, you can reach Hote

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    Royale Ambience Hotel, Raipur

    Shri Guru Gobind Singh Chowk

    Hotel Royale Ambience is situated on station road on Shri Guru Gobind Singh Chowk. This hotel is proximate to Raipur Junction Railway Station. Places like Balaji Temple (Approx. 4km) and Banjari Mata Mandir (Approx. 7km)

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    Amit Regency Hotel, Raipur

    Behind Mantralaya

    Amit Regency is located behind Mantralaya on Moti Bagh Chowk. Places close to the hotel are Maharajband Talab (Approx. 3km) and Banjari Mata Mandir (Approx. 9km). Built by Maharaja Roadani in 1770, Maharajband Talab is a

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    Shubh Hotel, Raipur

    Labh Complex

    Shubh Hotel, Raipur offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is creat

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    Mayura Hotel, Raipur

    Near Taj Talkies Raipur

    Hotel Mayura is located near Raj Talkies on G. E. Road. Raipur was once the capital of the Haihaya Dynasty and is an important city from historical point of view. It is emerging as major commercial district and is second

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    Sudha Regency Hotel, Raipur

    Near Station

    Hotel Sudha Regency is within 600 m from the railway station. It features restaurant, bar, coffee shop and three banquet halls. Situated within walking distance from the city s railway station, Hotel Sudha Regency is a 2

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    Celebration Hotel, Raipur

    Jail Road

    Featuring meeting room, fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi (Surcharge), Hotel Celebration is located 1.2 km from Raipur Junction Located on Jail Road, close to the main railway station, Hotel Celebr

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    Shamrock International Hotel, Raipur

    behind Jai Hind hosiery market

    Located in the heart of Raipur, capital city of Chhattisgarh, Hotel Shamrock International offers modern conveniences along with homely comfort. It takes just 20 minutes drive from Swami Vivekananda Airport to reach this

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    Aditya Hotel, Raipur

    Jaistambh Chowk

    Hotel Aditya is located in Jaistambh Chowk in Raipur. It lies close to the railway station. Raipur holds a historical and archaeological importance in the state. Balaji Temple (Approx. 3km) and Telibandha Talab (Approx.

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    Golden Tulip Hotel, Raipur

    VIP Road

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    Simran Pride Hotel, Raipur

    Beside Laxmi Vilas

    3.2 km from Raipur Junction Railway Station, 13.0 km from Raipur Airport, 4.5 km from Vivekanand Sarovar, Multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, Multi-functional halls, Gymnasium, Wi-Fi access Hotel Simran Pride is a 3 star p

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    Mayank Hotel, Raipur

    Banjari Road

    Hotel Mayank-Raipur is distinctly located in the heart of city commercial center of Raipur. The property is located at a distance of 14 Km from Raipur Airport, 1.9 km from Raipur Junction Railway Station Bus Stop and 2 k

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    Meera Hotel, Raipur

    M G Road

    Hotel Meera is nestled in the capital city of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is essentially a city surrounded by forest greenery. A wildlife sanctuary, ancient temples and the easy availability of worldly luxuries makes Raipur a d

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    Hotel Udaydeep, Raipur

    Opp Railway Station

    Set right in the heart of the city, Hotel Udaydeep is a budget property, located within a vicinity to the Airport and the Railway Station. The prominent tourist places of the city where guests can visit are Shahid Veer N

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    Satluj Hotel, Raipur

    Kutchary Chowk

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    Rajim - Rajim is situated on the right bank of the Mahanadi River. Most prominent attraction of the town is the Rajivalochana Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Tall single figures sculptured on the face adorn the twelve pillars of the temple. These sculptures include Durga with eight arms, the Ganga and Yamuna and exquisitely carved incarnation of Vishnu, Rama, Varaha (boar) and Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion) and others. In the town, a black stone statue of the Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree can also be found. Around Rajivalochana Temple, several temples can be found that are dedicated to different incarnations of Lord Vishnu such as Vamana (boar), Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion), Badrinath and Jagannath. Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple is located on an island, which was severed from the mainland by the river.

     

    Hajra - Hajra has a 46 m high falls that is situated amongst dense forests, hills and tunnels. Located in Dongargarh, the area is a popular picnic spot.

     

    Bhilai Steel Plant - Bhilai Steel Plant is a major producer of steel plates and structural components. India's only producer of steel rails, it was set up with the help of the USSR. Apart from being the sole supplier of the country's longest rail tracks of 260 m, it is also the sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates and of structural.

     

    Mahamaya Temple - Mahamaya Temple in Raipur is located in the old fort area of the city. This ancient 11th century temple lying on the banks of River Khaaroon belongs to the Kalchuri era, has been renovated many times and is visited by many devotees daily. The temple is dedicated to Devi Durga possessing all the good qualities and the power of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Besides daily pujas the two festivals of Navaratri and Durgapuja are celebrated here when thousands of devotees come here seeking blessings of Goddess Mahamaya. The affairs of the temple are managed by 'Sidh Shakti Peeth Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir Trust'. Samleswari Temple located in the same compound is dedicated to Devi Samlai. Near to Mahamaya temple there are a few more attractions like Doodhadhari Monastery, Lake Maharaja Bandh, Kho-Kho Lake, and Budhapara Lake. Raipur is a famous shopping destination for exquisite goods in wrought iron and bell metal, stone sculptures and terra cotta products.

     

    Barnawapara Sanctuary - Barnawapara Sanctuary is located in northern part of Mahasamund District of Chhattisgarh. Spread over an area of 245 sq km, the sanctuary was established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging from 265 to 400 metres forms the topography of the region. Tigers, leopards, hyenas, antelopes, porcupine, bison, pythons and many other species are found in the sanctuary. Bird species found in the park include herons, bulbul, parrots, egrets and several rare avifaunas. Flora of the sanctuary consists of trees like sal, teak, bamboo and other tropical dry deciduous trees, along with mahua, tendu, ber and seemal trees. The sanctuary is also home to sloth bears, flying squirrels, jackals, four-horned antelopes, leopards, chinkara, black bucks, jungle cats, barking deer, porcupines, and monkeys.

     

    Burha Talab - Burha Talab is situated in ‘Purani Basti. Named by the combination of two words, Burha that means old and Talab meaning pond, it is the largest lake in the city. In the middle of the lake is an island that is covered with green trees and gardens. The lake is also popular for its musical fountain.

     

    Champaran - Champaran has religious significance for being the birthplace of the Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. Located at a distance of about 60 km from Raipur, the village has a temple that was constructed in honour of Saint Vallabhacharya. Temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva is located next to this temple. Every year in the month of Magh, an annual fair is held in the village. On eleventh bright day of Baisakh (April-May), birth anniversary of Saint Vallabhacharya is celebrated every year. The village is swarmed by devotees on the anniversary of the birth of Saint Vallabhacharya. In the village is also located the Temple of Saint Vallabhacharya, the place of worship for the followers of the Vallabha Sect.

     

    Jatmai Temple - Jatmai Temple is located in Gariaband, 85 km from Raipur. Set amongst the beautiful locales of a small forest, Jatmai Temple is dedicated to Mata Jatmai. The temple is beautifully carved out of granite with numerous small shikharas or towers and a single huge tower. On the top of the main entrance, one can see murals depicting mythological characters. The stone idol of Jatmai is placed inside the sanctum. One can also visit Ghatarani waterfall, a larger waterfall situated 25 km from Jatmai Temple. The Jatmai Temple wears a decorative look on special festive occasions like Navaratri which is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion. This is the best time to visit.

     

    Arang - Arang is situated near the Eastern limits of Raipur City. This Nagar Panchayat in Raipur District, it is most often referred to as the city of temples. In addition to Baaghdewal, Mahamaya, Danteshwari and Jain Temples, the town is also home to the 11th century Bhandewal Jain Temple.

     

    Dhamdha - Dhamdha has been declared as the Nagar Panchayat of the district of Durg of Chhattisgarh state. Old palatial building structure known as the Prachin Kila and the Mandir are prominent highlights of the town.

     

    Balaji Temple - Balaji Temple contains shrines dedicated to Balaji, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama.

     

    Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum - Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum is home to a collection of inscriptions, images, coins, sculptures and other items that are of historical significance to the region. Collections of the museum are displayed on two floors and in 5 galleries. In the museum is also located a library having a collection of records of the major happenings of the city’s history. Established in 1875 by Raja Mahant Ghasidas of Rajnandgaon, the museum is a preservation site of different types of objects of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history. Arts, crafts, and paintings comprise the compilation of the museum. On the first floor of the museum, objects related to nature and its history containing various mammals, snakes, and birds have been showcased.

     

    Banjari Mata Mandir - Banjari Mata Mandir is believed to have been established by Shree Harish Joshi. Legend behind the construction of the temple states that Shree Harish Joshi found a stone looking like an idol of Banjari Mata. Following his discovery, he began to worship the idol. Soon, the idol combined huge renown, leading to the construction of the temple.

     

    Tandula - Tandula is a dam that is located at the confluence of Tandula and Sukha Nala Rivers. Completed in 1921, the dam stores water from catchments area of 827.2 sq km.

     

    Bhand Dewal Temple - Bhand Dewal Temple, dating from the mediaeval period, has a distinguished style of Jain architecture. This dilapidated Jain temple is situated at Arang in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. Assignable to the late 11th century Bhumija style, the five-storeyed temple is stellate on plan with six offsets. Having ornate lofty socle and two bands of sculptures on the wall, it interprets the Bhumija mode in the regional Kalchuri style.

     

    Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple - Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple is known for its inscriptions that date back to the periods of Somavanshis, Nalas and Kalchuris. Situated on an island, it is one of the prominent shrines at Rajim.

     

    Nagar Ghadi - Nagar Ghadi is a singing clock made by Raipur Development Authority. Constructed in 1995, the clock sings tunes of Chhattisgarhi folk music every hour before hourly bell chime.

     

    Shadani Darbar - Shadani Darbar has been named after the saint Shri Shadaramji Saheb. Spread over an area of 12 acres, it has a hall where Dhuni Saheb is kept. On either side of the wall, beautiful engraved images of gods and avatars (incarnations) are present. Every day, Dukh Bhanjan Dhuni is performed. Musical fountains with religious idols and statues are also found within the darbar.

     

    Rajeev Smriti Van - Rajeev Smriti Van has been developed in memory of Late Rajeev Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. This unique ex-situ conservation site covers an area of 14 acres. From a barren site, it has been developed as an ex-situ conservation centre. By providing an understanding on the dynamics of trees, nature and environment, the centre is poised to build public awareness towards the conservation of nature.  

     

    Udanti Sanctuary - Udanti Sanctuary was created to protect the wild buffaloes. Apart from occupying south-eastern portion of Gariaband taluka of Raipur District in Chhattisgarh, the sanctuary also adjoins Orissa state in eastern side. Spread over an area of 247 sq km, the sanctuary was established in 1983 after the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was passed. After River Udanti that flows through this region, the sanctuary has derived its name. Hilly and some parts are plain land form the topography of the region. In addition to wild buffaloes, the sanctuary also offers abode to tigers, antelopes, black bucks, jackals, foxes, bison, barking deer, wild dogs, hyenas, and cobras. Magpie robins, herons, parrots, egrets and pea fowls form the bird population inhabiting the sanctuary.

     

    Dudhadari Temple - Dudhadari Temple is located in the Purani Basti area of Raipur. Built by King Jaitsingh, the temple dates to the 17th century. The temple has been named after the fact that during the reign of the king, the main saint of the temple used to accept only offerings of milk from the devotees. Dedicated to Lord Rama, the temple has derived its named after the deeds of Swami Balbhadra Das. The temple is situated on the banks of an ancient river called Maharajbandh.

     

    Budhapara Lake - Budhapara Lake was built by the Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo. Dating from 1402 AD, the lake is a favourite picnic spot in the region.

     

    Rajivalochana Temple - Rajivalochana Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Literally meaning 'the beautiful-eyed one', the temple displays an example of Mahakosala architecture. On 12 pillars of the temple are carved, beautiful figures of Goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama and Lord Narasimha. Built in the 8th century, the temple is located in Rajim, which is known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh for having the confluence of three rivers, Mahanadi, Pairy and Sondhu. Located on the banks of the Mahanadi River, the temple has the chaitya arch window motif as the main design. Entrance to the shrine is adorned with sculptures of nagins (snake goddesses). In proximity of this temple is located other temples of various incarnations of Lord Vishnu like the Vamana and the Narasimha.

     

    Ganga Maiya Temple - Ganga Maiya Temple is believed to have been built by a fisherman who saw an idol in his fishing net. Found in his net, this idol of Goddess Ganga was initially established in a hut. The temple is located near the Balod area of Chhattisgarh.

     

    Maharajabandh Lake - Maharajabandh Lake was built by Maharaja Roadani in 1770. To the north of the lake lie ruins of a mediaeval fort. King Ram Chandra, the founder of Raipur had initiated the construction of the fort during his reign.

     

    Nandanvan Garden - Nandanvan Garden is located on the banks of the Khaaroon River. In this beautiful garden are also housed a mini zoo with animals such as lions, tigers, panthers and deer.

     

    Shivani Temple - Shivani Temple, one of the ancient temples in the city, is located in Kanker. Entirely built in white marble, the architecture of the temple is beautiful with intricately carved domes and traditional shrines. This holy shrine is popular for having one of the two unique idols in the world. The idol in the shrine is a combination of Goddess Kali and Goddess Durga. Carved out of black stone, one vertical half represents Goddess Kali and other half represents Goddess Durga. The other half-and-half deity idol is found in Kolkata. The holy shrine is popular for celebrating Navrathri festival during which thousands of devotees visit the temple. On all the nine days of this festival, the goddess is decorated beautifully with jewelry and flowers. The temple is illuminated with lamps and decorated with flower garlands. It is believed that visiting the temple offers eternal happiness. Not only Hindus, devotees from other religions also visit the temple to seek the blessings of Shivani Maa. Special poojas are offered to the goddess every day.

     

    Deobalod - Deobalod is famous for the ancient temple of Lord Shiva that dates to the 5th century. This sub-town of Charoda is also famous for the Sri Hanuman Mandir, Sri Kali Mandir, Sri Ram Mandir, Sri Jagannath Mandir, and St. Vincent Palloti Church. Beside the Lord Shiva Temple, a pond is located, which is believed to have an underground link to another old town in Chhattisgarh state named Arang. Statue of Nandi is placed at the entrance of the temple. Sculptures of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha, along with other deities have been placed within the temple. Outside the temple, sculptures of warriors, dancing men and women, animals and gods can be found. Walls of the temple are adorned with few erotic sculptures.

     

    Vivekanand Sarovar - Vivekanand Sarovar also known as Burha Talab is an old lake in the city. It is said that Swami Vivekanand stayed near the lake and took bath in the pond when he was in Raipur and so the lake was named after him. The major attraction of this lake is the 37 ft high statue of Swami Vivekananda that is installed here. Being the largest model of Swami Vivekananda, this has been added to the Limca Book of Records. The statue is made of bronze and is in sitting position. Evenings are the best time to visit this lake when the colorful light fountains add more beauty to the surroundings. Another added attraction is the beautifully maintained garden lying adjacent to the lake.

     

    Ghatarani Waterfalls - Ghatarani Waterfalls is a popular picnic spot situated at a distance of 85 km from Raipur. Set amongst the beautiful locales of thick vegetation, Ghatarani waterfalls is the biggest waterfall in Chhattisgarh. The falls are surrounded by lush greenery which makes it a perfect location to have a family picnic. The water fall is reached after a small trek through the forest. The waterfall plunges into a natural pool that is the best place to take a dip and swim or have fun. The more adventurous can take a hike into the forest and explore the variety of flora and fauna. During offseason, you can even clamber up the rocks of the waterfalls to see the water plunging down. After monsoons, the waterfall is in full flow. But unlike many other waterfalls in India, this cascade should be avoided during the monsoon season due to the rough and dangerous levels of the fast flowing waters and the slippery rocks.

     

    Sheorinarayan Temple - Sheorinarayan Temple is a 13th century temple that has ruined shikhara clustered with multiple turrets. Situated on the banks of the Mahanadi River, the temple displays Vaishnav shaili (style) and is believed to have been built by the kings of Hayhay Vansh. During the Magh Purnima in February, Sheorinarayan Fair is organised at the temple.

     

    Deorbijia Temple - Deorbijia Temple is situated at Deorbijia in Durg District of Chhattisgarh.

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