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.


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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