Mahamaya Temple

The Mahamaya temple is situated around 25km from district Bilaspur of Chhattisgarh. The location is 22°17’17″N 82°9’35″E. It is a unique work of Nagara style of architecture facing north. One can easily adore the temples, domes, palaces and forts now, which once housed the temple and the royal house of Ratanpur Kingdom. There is a temple of Kantideval, which is oldest of the cluster is also present in the complex. It was built by a Santosh Giri in 1039, and then later it was expanded by Kalchuri King Prithivideva II in the 15th century. The four gates have beautiful and attractive carvings. The Archaeological Survey of India has renovated the whole building. The sanctum and the mandapa which was built in the 18th century are fortified with a fascinated courtyard.

The archaeological department is planning to renovate the 11th century old Kadeideol Shiva temple built by Kalchuri rulers, who were followers of Shiva & Shakti. During the Navaratri festival Jyotikalash are lit to appease the mother goddess. The temple of Kalbhairva is located on the road to the highway. He is considered to be the guardian of the temple. It is popular belief among the pilgrims that they must visit Kalabhairava temple along with Mahamaya temple to mark the completion of the pilgrimage.


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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