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Pritvi Kanchi

Pritvi Kanchi3.6/5

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A Trip to Dantewada

I had been to Dantewada by road in the month of July 2016. Dantewada is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Chhattisgarh. The must-visit attractions around Chattisgarh include the Bodhghat Sath Dhar, Basrur and Bailadila Mountains. The Bodhghat Sath Dhar is surrounded by greenery on all sides. This is the place where the 7 parts of the Indravati river unite. This pristine spot is located just 6 kilometers from Basrur. Basrur was the powerhouse of the Gangawanshi rulers in 840 AD. There are a total of 147 temples and 147 lakes in this magnificent place. This village is located on the banks of river Indravati. The Bailadila Mountain range consists of 14 forest reserves out of which 3 are under mining. One had to take the permission of the NMDC, which is a mineral development government organisation to visit this beautiful abode of greenery, peace and tranquility.

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Shekhar Kumar

Shekhar Kumar4.3/5

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Danteshwari temple

Danteshwari temple is situated in the heart of Dantewada town, south-west of Jagdalpur, at the confluence of the holy rivers Shankini and Dhankini which are known to have different colors. The temple is considered as the symbol of Dantewada town and its surrounding regions The city of Dantewada derives its name from this auspicious temple which serves as one of the most important spiritual centers for the people of this region. Goddess Danteshwari, who is the presiding deity of the temple is worshipped as an incarnation of Shakti and is considered to be one among the 52 sacred Shakti Peethas of India Located in a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls, the temple was constructed about 600 years ago in the 14th century during the rule of the Chalukyas. The temple is considered to be one of the ancient religious sites of India which is held as a representation of the history of the entire Bastar region The idol of goddess Danteshwari is chiseled out of black stone with the vast temple complex monument built in South Indian style of temple architecture and sculptural wealth which witnesses vibrant festival traditions and celebrations throughout the year. The temple complex is divided into four parts namely- Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. Garbha Griha and Maha Mandap were constructed with stone pieces accompanied by a Garuda Pillar built in front of the entrance of the temple The temple wears a festive look almost throughout the year especially during Dusshera celebrations where thousands of tribal devotees belonging to different places and surrounding villages get together to pay homage to the goddess. The homage is followed by the idol taken out of the temple and taken around the city in an elaborate procession, which is called as a part of the Bastar Dussehra festival.

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Dantewada Overview

Dantewada or Dantewara District, also called as Dakshin Bastar District (South Bastar District), is located towards the south-eastern part of the State of Chhattisgarh. Known for its idyllic natural beauty, Dantewada District is a popular tourist destination.

The region has witnessed the rule of Sarabhpurias, Panduavanshis, Somvanshis, Kalchuris, Nagvanshis and Marathas. It came under the rule of the British East India Company in the year 1845.

The town of Dantewada is the headquarters of Dantewada district. As per the inscriptions on stone tablets found in the region, the town was known by the names ‘Tarlapal’ and ‘Dantawali’ in its historic days.

The name ‘Dantewada’ was derived from the presiding deity of the town, Goddess Danteswari, which later became the name of the district as well. Dantewada is a popular pilgrimage destination as the place is one among the 52 Shakti Peethas of the country.

The region was a part of the princely state of Bastar during the Pre-Independence era. Post Indian Independence, it became a part of Bastar District of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Later Dantewada region was designated as a district in 1999 and it became a part of the State of Chhattisgarh in 2000. Dantewada district was parted in the year 2007, to form the district of Bijapur.

The district, today, consists of seven tehsils, which are Dantewada, Gidam, Kuwakonda, Katekalyan, Chhindgarh, Sukma and Konta. The region is watered by the rivers Godavari and Shabhari and perennial rivers Shankhini and Dankiny and their tributaries.

Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh is a place with rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty and is characterised by ancient monuments, waterfalls, caves, rock paintings and hills. Chhattisgarhi (Khaltahi or Laria), Oriya, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi and English are the languages used in this region. Madai, Mati-tihar, Gobar-boharani, Ramnavmi, Navakhani, Dusshera, Diwali, Holi, etc. are the festivals celebrated here.

Dantewada has become a major tourist destination in the state of Chhattisgarh due to its vicinity to major destinations like Raipur, Bilaspur, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Araku Valley, etc. Dantewada tourism also offers trekking expeditions to the scenic natural locations in and around the region.

Dantewada is well connected by both State and National Highways to all the major destinations in and around Chhattisgarh. It can also be reached from Vishakhapatnam and Bailadila by passenger trains.

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