About Chhattisgarh State
The state of chhattisgarh came into existance in November 2000, as India's 26th state, carved out of India's (then) largest state of Madhya Pradesh. With its abundant natural resources, it is fast emerging as the country's industrial and tourism hub. Already known as the 'rice bowl' of India, it is now also finding favor for a host of modern advancement because of its supportive infrastructure, surplus power and efficient governance.
Resources rich, naturally !
One of the richest India state in mineral wealth, it is known to be home to massive 13% of the country's total mineral wealth. Endowed with 28 varities of minerals such as coal, iron ore, bausite, tin ore, limestone, corundum. gold and diamonds etc., these give the state its potential to become the nucleus of progress.
Abundant Flora & Fauna
The state has country's densest forests, which cover a huge 44% of the state. Wildlife abounds these forests and includes the tiger, leopard, wild bear, cheetal, languor, rhesus monkey, barahsinga, sambar, bison, wild buffalo, civet cat and bear. It has 3 National Parks and 11 Wildlife Sancturies and also a large number of natural rivers and waterfalls giving it humungous ectourism opportunities.
Chhattisgarh is known to be a tribal-dominates state, and it has a significantly large tribal population - 32.5% as compared to 7.8% for the rest of India. In fact, the state has India's oldest tribal communities, and it is safe to assume that the earlist tribals have been living in Bastar for over 10,000 years. There are multitude of tribal art and crafts in the form of wall painting, fiber hanging, bell metal work, wrought iron, wood carving, sisal and bamboo items, terracotta, kosa silk, all adorned with simple tribal motifs.
A number of Chhattisgarh's 16 districts were formerly princely state, leaving a legacy of picturesque places. Known as Dakshin Koshal in ancient times, it finds mention in both the Ramayan and Mahabharata. Over time it was rulesd by a succession of Hindu dynasites, and they have left it a legacy of temple, ranging from modest to imposing
Place to Visit
Raipur traditionally descrivbed as an agriculture processing and saw-milling town, Raipur's boom began once it became the capital of Chhattisgarh. The airport has been expanced and modernised and industries laid out on a set pattern. Today Raipur has wider roads, better sanitation, improved housing, state-of-the-art technology parls and many sparkling shopping malls.
The attractive destination - a must visit
- A 500 year old stone statue of goffess Kali testifiles to the antiquity of the Purani Basti
- Buil in 1960, the Dudhadhari Math and Temple is the Raipur's oldest temple
- Ancient Mahamaya Temple
- Jaitu Sau Math : One of the best known temple in Raipur completed in 1877.
- Jagannath Temple established in 1860
- Mahadev Ghat located 5 kms from the centre of Raipur on the banks of river Kharun.
Rajim : (44 kms from Raipur)
Rajim, also known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh is located on the confluence of the Mahanadi and Pairi rivers and is just 44kms away from Raipur. Rajim is famous for group of temple dedicated to Vishnu and every February this temple holds the Rajim Kumbh.
Place to visit : The Kuleshwar Mahadev Temple, Daneshwar Mahadev Temple, Rajivlochan Temple, Ramchandra Temple
Champaran : (36 kms from Raipur)
Champaran is 15 kms from Rajim, is the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya, the founder of the Vallabh Sect. A temple has been constructed in his hounour near the Champakeshwara Mahadev Temple.
Which forms the southern part of Chhattisgarh, is one of the most beautiful regions of INdia. It is home to the stunning Chitrakot and Tirathgarh Waterfalls and the magnificent Kutumsar caves. Here one can visit the craft centres at Narainpur and Kondagaon or historic town like Kanker and Jagdalpur. The Kanger Valley and the Indrawati Nantional Park convey the age-old promise of Dandakaranya to people today. For the more spiritually inclined, Dantewada is a rewarding destination.
Arang: (34 kms from Raipur)
Arang, located on the western bank of the Mahanadi, derives, its name from ara (Sqw) and anga (body). It is believed that Lord Krishna asked the king Moradhvaja of the Haihaya dynasty to cut the body of his son Tamaradhja into halves with a swa and offer the body to his pertlion.
Place to visit : Bhand Deul and Bagh Deul
Sirpur or Shirpur as it was known in ancient times, is a small village located on the right bank of Mahanadi 83 kms to the nort east Raipur. It was the capital of Dakshin Koshala under Sarabhapuriyas and Panduvanshis. It has archaelogical remains associated with Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist Jain Faiths.
Place to visit : Anandprabhu Kutir, Surang Tila, The Gandeshwar Temple, Turturiya
Bhoramdeo: (133 kms from Raipur)
Just 17 kms east of Kawardha (on NH 12A from Raipur to Jagdalpur) just before the entrance to the Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, is the beautiful Bhoramdeo Temple, Popularly known as Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary:
Located in the northern part of Mahasamund district, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest in the region. Established in 1976, it covers an area of only 245 sq km.