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Places to visit in raipur

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.

Devotees can find inscriptions belonging to Somavanashis, Nalas and Kalchuris in this temple. In the town, which is the meeting point of 3 holy rivers, Mahanadi, Pairy and Sondhu, several beautiful temples belonging to 7th to 11th centuries AD can be found.

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.

October to March is the best time to visit Mahamaya Temple. Taxis and auto rickshaws are available to the Mahamaya temple from the Raipur airport and Raipur railway junction, which are located in the vicinity of the temple.

ISCON RAIPUR,SRI SRI RADHA RASBIHARI TEMPLE

Its a beautiful holy place if you want spend some time with your inner soul in a clam and peaceful environment.

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.

But what makes this place more attractive is the beautiful waterfall flowing adjacent to the temple. After monsoons, the waterfall is in full flow making this destination a preferred picnic spot for the whole family. The waterfall plunges into a natural pool that is the best place to take a dip before entering into the temple. The more adventurous can take a hike into the forest.

Easily accessible, vehicles are available to Jatmai Temple from Raipur.

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.

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. 

MARINE DRIVE

The Marine Drive in Raipur is situated right in the heart of the city, along with the periphery of the immensely beautiful Telibandha Lake. The whole stretch has been meticulously planned and beautified by the government to attract tourists. Among the many initiatives taken to upgrade Marine Drive to international tourist standards, the most noticeable ones are enabling wi-fi throughout the stretch, installing clean toilets, carrying out mass health-awareness drives, and setting up food stalls and selfie-points through its entire length.

The graffiti walls adjoining the lake-side, beautifully painted by local artists, are mesmerising and add an instant splash of colours to the whole set-up, making it even more appealing to the eye. 

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.

Nature lovers visiting the sanctuary can also view bison, striped hyenas, wild dogs, chital, sambar, nilgais, gaurs, muntjac, wild boars, cobras, pythons and others. Bird population of the sanctuary comprises parrots, bulbul, white-trumped vultures, green avadavat, lesser kestrels, peafowl, wood peckers, racket-tailed drongos, egrets, and herons.

NARPURA

Narpura is famous for the Jain Temples and Uwasaggaharam Parshwa Teerth.

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.

TELIBANDHA TALAB

Telibandha Talab is a location where most of the Hindu religious rites are performed.

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.

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.

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.

RAJIV 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.

Flora of the sanctuary comprises tropical dry peninsular type, of which Sal is the most common variety, along with the tropical dry deciduous mixed type. Vegetation of the sanctuary comprises teak, mahua, salai, mahul, herra, tendu and other varieties. Flora of the region is also represented by salai, bamboo, mahul, semal, mahua, aonwla, tendu, harra and ber trees.

Wildlife of the sanctuary comprises wild buffalos, panthers, tigers, chital, four-horned antelopes, chinkara, black bucks, sambar, nilgais and jungle cats. Fauna of the sanctuary is also represented by barking deer, sloth bears, gaur, wild dogs, porcupines, monkeys, jackals, bison, striped hyenas, foxes, cobras, pythons and others.

Owing to the presence of parrots, bulbul, peafowl, racket-tailed drongos, egrets, heron, magpie robin, lesser whistling teal, pintail, rollers and herons in the sanctuary, birdwatching is a favourite activity with the visitors.

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.

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.

BALAJI TEMPLE

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

RAJIV LOCHAN 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.

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.

Awareness regarding preservation of archaeological heritage began to gain momentum from 1875, which prompted the king to establish the museum. Collections are housed in an octagonal building that displays British architectural style. Shape of British crown is depicted by the dome of the edifice. One amongst the ten oldest museums in India, it has in its exhibit various mammals, snakes, and birds.

URJA PARK

Urja Park is located at Mana Road within the city.

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.

TANDULA DAM

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.

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.

Recently this lake has been in news due to the increasing pollution levels owing to the washing of clothes and draining of the daily wastage into the lake. A cleaning drive has been initiated by the state government to preserve the lake.

Once you have walked around the lake you could also visit Swami Vivekananda Ashram located at a distance of 2.7 km from the lake which is well-known for teaching the ideologies of Vivekananda.

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.

One can also visit Jatmai Temple and waterfall, located at a distance of 25 km from here.

Easily accessible, vehicles are available to Ghatarani Waterfalls from Raipur.

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