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.