Bhand Dewal Temple

Bhand Dewal Temple a famous temple located in Arang, Chhattisgarh

Bhand Dewal Temple is situated at Arang, at 38 km from the town of Raipur. A well noted piece distinguished piece of Jain architecture style, which at present is in dilapidated condition. Bhand Dewal Temple was built in the medieval period. It is built in the Bhumija style in the late 11th century, it is a five – storeyed temple with six offsets. On the wall there are two bands of sculptures, it interprets the Bhumija mode in the regional Kalchuri style. This jain temple is in Panchratha style, it enshrines the images of Ajitanatha, Neminatha and Sreyamsa. It is one of the most ancient temples. The attraction of the temple is the three black stone carved and polished huge images of nude tirthankaras are deified in the sanctum sanctorium. Originally, the temple faces west, when it was built a mandapa and a porch also existed as part of the temple. The plastering and the whitewashing of the damaged front end of the temple has been done. The brick and the mortar has been used in the north-east and south-east faces of the temple tower.

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Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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