Dudhadhari Mandir

The founder of this math (temple) was Shri Balbhadra Das Mahantji. However no body knows the exact date when he came to Raipur. Mahantji was great devotee of Lord Hanumanji. He started worshipping a piece of stone as if that was the Lord Hanuman himself. Everyday a cow called “Surhi” would come and bathe the stone with milk which the Mahantji drank and in fact stopped eating food. Hence with the passage of time, Mahantji’s food was “Dudh-Ahari” meaning food consisting of milk and hence the name of the math followed. In days of yore, when Raipur came under the Nagpur region, it used to be ruled by the Bhosles. Shri Raghu Raoji Bhosle who was then king built the “Balaji Temple” in 1610 AD.

 

Champaran

The village is identified with Champaranya, the birth place of the Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect for whom this place has religious sanctity. A temple was constructed in honour of Guru Swamy Vallabhacharya. Near to this Temple, there is the temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.

An annual fair is held every year in the month of Magh (January – February). Birth Anniversary of Mahapprabhu Vallabhacharya is celebrated every year on Eleventh bright day of Baisakh (April-May) and a large number of followers of the Sect assemble here to pay homage.

Amarkantak

Majestically located in the midst of the magnificent Vindhya and Satpura ranges at an elevation of 1065 meters, Amarkantak in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh wraps up the beauty and charm of a typical sylvan environment. This lovely tract of land is a major pilgrim centre in the entire central province and is famed as the source of two pretty rivers, the Narmada and the Sone.

Amarkantak is a Sanskrit word with much mythological significance, which gains it the prestigious sobriquet as Theertharaja. Holiness of Amarkantak is greatly associated with the holy river Narmada. Perhaps it is due to the presence of this holy river that this locale in the Vindhyans gets much popularity as a devout centre. As per the Holy Scriptures, River Narmada transcends all other sacred rivers with her indomitable virtue as the daughter of Lord Shiva. Legends has it that a mere glance of this beloved daughter of the destroyer God would fetch innumerable boons and the devotees strongly believe that who ever dies at Amarkantak would fetch salvation.

A land with a vivid history, Amarkantak narrates the tales of various dynasties, right from the Pandavas to the foreign rule of the modern times. Each edifice in Amarkantak portrays diverse styles that recount the period during which these architectural grandeurs were materialized. This stunning facade of Amarkantak gently adds the magnificence of this legendary spot to a great extent.

Internationally acclaimed as a natural heritage zone, the dense forests of Amarkantak depict a unique ecosystem. Its far-off valleys and atolls showcase an exceedingly diverse floristic genre, where ratio between species to genera is comparatively minimal.

A relatively off track destination Amarkantak is a veritable paradise, with a salubrious climate and most pictorial environs. Its ever-pervading air of composure, the grassy hills, woody backgrounds and the bewitching cascades makes it a popular wacky destination.

At Amarkantak one can feel the pristine nature in its full bloom and the place is all set to enthrall the onlooker with its sacred ponds, glittering streams, snooty knolls and the dense woods.

Rajivlochan Mandir

Rajiv Lochan Temple is one of the major temples in India, situated in Chattisgarh. The temple is situated along the holy Mahanadi , where worshippers in huge numbers come every year to worship .Rajiv Lochan Temple , is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Rajiv Lochan Temple is located in Rajim. Here every year a fair is organized , which starts from Magh Purnima and continues till Shivaratri. The temple is located at the confluence of the rivers .This area is also called Prayag of Chhattisgarh. At this place Pairi River, Mahanadi, and Saunduor river meets here, which is why this place is knows as Triveni Sangam .

Chitrakot

Chitrakot falls, also sobriquet as the ‘Niagra falls of India’ is scenically located at a distance of 48 kms from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. Claiming to be the broadest waterfall in India, the waterfall is formed by the river Indravati, when it falls from a height of 29 mts, i.e. 96 ft.

The breadth of the waterfall varies from season to season as the river dries up during the summer. An interesting fact about the waterfall is that there is a vast difference in the view during the summer and in the monsoon. While the waterfall looks white and clear during summers, it gains the brown colour of the silt during the monsoons. Also the water appears to be milky in the morning, crystal white during the afternoon and then reddish as the night grows.

Since the river settles down quickly, boating is also possible. The best time to visit this giant is during the monsoons when it its effect is at the mightiest. Surrounded by lush green forests, the view of the chitrakot waterfall from a distance gives a very pretty picture.

Many government rest houses are available for sojourn. Tourists can also indulge in shopping for local handicrafts made by the tribal. Located a just a stone’s throw away from Jagdalpur, one can visit this waterfall only via the road.

Nandanvan

Spanning over 10 – hectares of land, Nandan Van is a nature centre located at a distance of 16 km from Raipur city. The main objective of establishing such a nature park was to provide shelter to stray wild animals. It also acts as a biological park and maintains some common forestry plants. There is a also a small zoo here. The centre has been instrumental in creating awareness of nature among urbanites.

 

Energy Park

Every year students of 4th semester are taken on an educational tour or power plant visit and picnic by the faculties of our department. Last year I had been unable to go. So this year I decided not to miss out on the fun and to go on the picnic & tour even if it was on a Sunday in hot season of March. So on 7th March,

three college buses taking 91 students, 14 staff members, 6 catering people and their pots and pans, left for CREDA Energy Park with all students hooting and cheering. :) Energy Park set up by Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) at Raipur is a park based on the theme of generation and usage of various forms of renewable energy sources. The park consists of a beautiful garden with lots of greenery and flowers, a fountain,an artificial lake and water falls.

khallari mata mandir

Khallari mata temple is situated on a hilltop forest of khallari villoge about 25k.m south to Mahasamund every year during navratre the devotees gather to vist the goddess and to participate in the annual fair scheduled on the full moon day of the month of chaitra it is believedthat it is during the mahasamund ere the pandava had frequented this hilltop locals are of the belief that footprints of bhima are visible throughout tha hillyarea.

 

Seorinarayan temple

Seorinarayan, popularly called the Land of Vishnu, is 65 kms south-east of Bilaspur in Janjgir-Champa district. Situated at the holy confluence of three rivers, Mahanadi, Sheonath and Jonk, Seorinarayan is immersed in history, myth and legend. It is said that this was the home of Shabari, a disciple of Lord Ram. A brick temple, supposedly built bv Shabari with her own hands, is still extant.

Lafagarh

Lafagarh is situated around 70 kms away from Korba(Chhattisgarh).

Lafagarh Fort, located on the highest peak of Mekaal Mountain,it is situated at a height of 3060 height on the hill top.The fort lies on the Korba-Bilaspur road. It was constructed by Raja Pratwidev First.

The fort has three main entrances which are named as Menaka, Humkara, and Sinhadwar.A small temple, situated at the main entrance of the fort, is noteworthy. Another point of attraction is the big dome supported by five rows of pillars with each row having five pillars. The main outer door of the fort is called Jhandi or Dinda door. The second door is popularly known as Manka Dawar whereas the third one is called Hukhra Dawar

Danteshwari Temple

Danteshwari Temple is temple dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine, spread across India. The temple built in 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South, is situated in Dantewada, a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state.

The temple is as according legends, the spot where the Daanth or Tooth of Sati fell, during the episode when all the Shakti shrines were created in the Satya Yuga.

Every year during Dusshera thousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to the goddess, when her idol was taken out of that ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession, now a popular tourist attraction part of the ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival.There also a is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalashas during Navaratris here.

jagannath temple Raipur

The Jagannath Temple was originally established in I860. Recently, a much bigger temple has been constructed over the smaller original structure. Situated in the middle of the prosperous residential Gayatri Nagar, the temple attracts hundreds of devotees each day. The main festival here is the Rath Yatra.

 

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1975 under the Wildlife Protection Act. This dense forest, which spreads over an area of 555 sq. km, is about 40 km from Bilaspur City. This sanctuary houses wild animals including tiger, leopard, chital, sambar, bear and various other animals. Several watch towers are erected at different places inside this sanctuary, from where tourists can clearly see the wild animals roaming in their natural habitat. From Bilaspur, tour for this jungle is organised by the forest department. Tourists can also use their own vehicles to tour the jungle. Guides are provided by the forest department to ensure that tourists do not get lost inside the sanctuary. These guides are available at the check post in Achanakmar and Lamni. Keeping in view the needs of tourists, the forest department have setup several rest houses inside the sanctuary. An herbal cultivation centre is also setup by the department near Lamni.

Maa Bambleshwari Temple

Maa Bamleshwari Temple, Dongargarh, Bambleshwari Temple in Dongargarh is situated at the top of a 1600 feet high hill and is devoted to the Hindu goddess Maa Bambleshwari Devi. The temple has 2 separate segments; Badi Bambleshwari is the temple at the hilltop, where as Chhotti Bambleshwari is located a bit further away from the vicinity of the main temple. Bambleshwari Temple is steeped in ancient legends. It is widely believed that the actually temple was built during the reign of emperor Vikaramaditya, which dates back to 600 years ago. Conversely it is also believed that Raja Veersen, ruler of Dongargarh, in order to appease the Gods for his true successor, had built the temple 2200 years ago.