Ganga Maiya Temple
Ganga Maiya Temple Located at Jhalmala Near Balod, Durg
Ganga Maiya Temple is situated at a place called Jhalmala, near Balod in Durg. The location of the temple is 20°42’59″N 81°13’57″E. This temple has a glorifying bliss of Ganga Ma, it has a very enchanting history. Ganga Maiya Temple was built by a village fisherman in the form of a small hut in its previous avatar. There is a local religious belief of Balod which is related to the origin of Ganga Maiya Temple. It is believed that when a fisherman saw an idol in his fishing net, he threw it to the water of the river. The fisherman found the same idol again on the same day. Then again he immersed the idol into the water. The Goddess Ganga came to fisherman’s dream on the same night and told him to place the idol in any holy place. The fisherman obeyed her orders. Initially the temple was designed as a small hut. Then a number of devotees donated a good sum of money and constructed it into a proper temple complex. This way the establishment of Ganga Maiya Temple took place in Chhattisgarh. Now a days, the local people as well as the people from other districts of Chhattisgarh come to visit the Ganga Maiya Temple. Since it is located on the Balod – Durg road, hence its quite convenient to reach the shrine from any district of Chhattisgarh.