Sirpur

Sirpur is 78 km away from the capital Raipur. The location is 21°20’50″N 82°11’4″E. The historical town is situated in the Mahasamund district is situated in the state of Chhattisgarh. The famous attractions of Sirpur also include the Gandheshwar Temple and the Buddha Vihara. Its name has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, dating back to the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D. . The Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin Kosala state made it as their capital. In the time period from 6th to 10th century A.D, it was Buddhist centre and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the 7th Century Chinese Pilgrimist and Scholar. In March 2013, Dalai Lama was also inspired by the beauty of this magical place. It is believed that a devastating earthquake buried the ancient town in the 12th century.

The Laxman Temple with a stone doorframe is considered as one of the finest brick temples of India.The temple was first discovered in 1872 by Lord Cunningham. It is famous for its interesting carvings. 12 Buddh Viharas, 1 Jain Vihara, monolithic statues of Buddha and Mahavira, 22 Shiv temples and 5 Vishnu temples, an Ayurveda treatment centre, underground granary market and a sixth century ‘Ayurvedic Snaan Kund’ (ancient spa) have also been found due to the result of recent excavations.


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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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