Museum (Laxman Temple Premises)
Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum
Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
Welcome to Raipur,
Raipur is a the capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh. Raipur was founded by the Kalchuri King Ram Chandra of Raipur last quarter of the 14th century AD. It is also the largest city in Chhattisgarh. The city boasts of more than 200 steel rolling mills and six steel plants. Apart from steel, several other industries like coal, power, aluminium are also based Raipur. Raipur is turning out to be a major center for the manufacturing, IT and bio-technology sectors. Raipur hosts several festivals and events and one of the prominent festivals is the festival of Pola which is dedicated to bulls.
Raipur offers several sightseeing options such as Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum, Guru Tegh Bahadur Museum, Doodhadhari monastery and Vivekananda ashram. 17 km to the south east of Raipur is Naya Raipur or New Raipur, India's fourth planned city after Chandigarh, Gandhinagar and Bhubaneshwar.
It is the city of temples situated on the Raipur -Sambalpur highway about 32kms from Raipur. The most famous temple here is the 11th century Bhandewal Jain temple. Some of the other temples are Baaghdewal, Mahamaya, Danteshwari and Jain temples.
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.
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.
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.
One of the eleven wildlife sanctuaries of Chattisgarh, located in Kabirdham district at a distance of 140 km from Raipur and is named after the famous Bhoramdeo temples. The flora is composed of Sal, Saja, Teinsa, Kara and Haldu species. The fauna is made up of wild animals like leopard, hyena, fox, bear, cheetal, wild buffalo, nilgai etc. The river Sakari which flows through the sanctuary is the source of drinking water for the wild animals.
Bhoramdeo temple, nestled in the forests of Western Chattisgarh in Bhoramdeo (140 km from Raipur) is known as the 'Khajuraho of Chattisgarh'. It is an eleventh century Radhakrishna temple named after the ubiquitous tribal god - Bhoram located on the banks of river Sankari amidst Satpura ranges. Sculptures and images depicting war, dance and music cover the facade of the temple while the inner chamber is dark and silent.
Budhapara Lake was built by the Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo. Dating from 1402 AD, the lake is a favourite picnic spot in the region.
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.
It is a religious place situating at 36 km. from Raipur. It is the birth place of the Ballabhacharya guru of Vaishnav dharm. The followers of Guru Ballabhacharya has made a temple in his memory in 20 th century. Champaranya is full of natural beauty. Every year in the month of january and february, his followers gathers here to celebrate his birthday.
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.
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.
Dudhadhari 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.
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.
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.
It is the oldest Gurudwara in Raipur which was constructed in 1940. It welcomes all people irrespective of religion, cast and creed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The archaeological Survey of India has established a museum in the Laxman temple premises in Sirpur (77km from Raipur). Rare statues collected from Sirpur and other architectural memoirs have been kept here. These bear significance to Shaiva, Vaishnanva, Buddha and Jain faiths.
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.
It is a Garden on the bank of Kharron river, developed by Wildlife Division of Raipur Forest department. Situating at 15 km. only by road from Raipur, this garden is full of natural beauty having a zoo also.The zoo has lions, panthers, wild cats, deers etc.which are caught by foresters in the nearer villages.
It is a religious place situating at 48 km. from Raipur. Rajim is known as the "Prayag" of the Chhattisgarh because it is situated at the meeting point of the Mahanadi, Pairi and Sondur rivers. An ancient temple of Lord Kuleshwar of 14-15 th century is also here. Other famous temples are Temple of Rajivlochan and Rajeshwar temple. Rajivlochan temple, having idol of four handed Lord Vishnu has two 'Shilalekhs' which are of 8-9th century.
Situated 12 km from Raipur city, Rajiv Smriti Van is a unique site spreading over an area of 14 acres built in memory of Late Rajeev Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. It was developed to improve public awareness towards the conservation of nature and to explain such things as dynamics of tree, nature and environment. Urja Park is a park adjoining Rajeev Smriti Van where solar energy is used entirely. Various interactive media have been used to spread awareness about solar energy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a historical place situating at 84 km. from Raipur. It was the capital of 'South Kosal' from 5th to 8th century. It was an important centre of Bauddha religion from 6th to 10th century. In the 7th century, Whensang from China has came here. Main attractive places are Lakshman temple made of bricks and Anand Prabhu Kutir Vihar.
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.
Located at a distance of 160 km from Raipur (nearest railway station-Rajim 115 Km), Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is a small but an important wildlife sanctuary of Chhattisgarh region with an area of 232 sq km. Udanti River flows from the west to east covering major part of the sanctuary. Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its population of Wild Buffalos. A wide variety of other animals and birds are also be found there like - Panthers, Tigers, Chital, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Sambar, Nilgai, Jungle cat, Barking Deer, Sloth bear, Gaur, Wild dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Jackals, Bison, Striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, Pythons and Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Racket-tailed Drogues, Egrets, Heron, and Magpie robin, lesser whistling Teal, Pintail, Rollers and Herons.
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.
- Religious Places : Lakshaman Temple, Sri Sri Radha Rasbihari Temple, Balaji Temple, Temple of Saint Vallabhacharya, Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Ramchandra Temple, Kevalya Dham Jain Temple etc.
- Narpura, Telibandha Talab, Urja Park, Gandhi Udyan Park, MM Fun City, Ambuja City Center Mall, Magneto - The Mall, Colors Mall, Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Purkhauti Muktangan, Kho-Kho Lake, Mahakoshal Art Gallery etc.