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A Trip to Rajnandgaon

I had been to Rajnandgaon by road in the month of July 2016. Rajnandgaon is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Chhattisgarh. The must-visit attractions near Rajnandgaon include the Maa Bamleshwari temple and the Shiva temple. The Maa Bamleshwari Temple is a major tourist attraction in the region and is just located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Rajnandgaon. The temple is located at an elevation of 1600 feet on a hilltop. An added attraction of this temple is the facility of a ropeway in a place called Dongargarh. The Shiva temple is located in Birkha village. It is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from Gandai tehsil and is surrounded by hills on all sides. The Shiva temple was constructed in the 10th or 11th century and the idol is purportedly built of stone. Nandi and Ganesha sculptures are also found on the temple premises.

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Rajnandgaon Overview

Rajnandgaon district was formed on January 26th, 1973 when it was diverged from Durg district. It is located in central Chhattisgarh. Rajnandgaon was originally known as ‘Nandgram’ and it was also sometimes referred to as ‘Shanskardhani’.

Rajnandgaon was ruled by many dynasties like the Somvanshis, Kalchuris and the Marathas. The palaces and forts here speak about its rulers, the society, the culture and tradition prevailing during that time.

The city was also ruled by the ‘Mahants’ or Hindu caretakers and the ‘Gond Rajas’ or Chiefs. Successors were chosen by way of adoption. The Britishers in 1879 granted the right of adoption or ‘sanad’ to the then ruler and bestowed the ‘Raja’ title to the ruling Mahant.

Rajnandgaon is a major railway and road junction. It is located on the Mumbai to Howrah railway line and the NH 6 or the Great Eastern Road passes here. The nearest airport is Raipur which is about 80 km away. The town has a lot of ponds and rivers like the Sheonath River, its tributaries like the Kharkhara, Sonbarsa, Amner, Surhi, Karra, Murkati, Sankari, Fonk and Hanf flowing through it. It also has many small-scale manufacturing units.

Dongargarh is the Tehsil headquarters and it is known as both a tourist and pilgrimage centre. It is here the ancient Bambleshwari Goddess Temple, is situated. The temple is nestled on a hill which is about 1,600 feet high. Hordes of people converge here during Dussehra and Chaitra festivals and during this time many fairs are organised.

Some of the other temples are the Gayatri Mandir, Sitla Mandir, Barfaani Ashram, and Choupati near the Ranisagar tank which is about 200 acres. Some of the famous local festivals are the ‘Mohara Mela’, the ‘Bull Run’ competition during the Pola festival and the Mina Bazaar.

Rajnandgaon is also famous for being home to many good and exclusive educational institutions. Indira Sangeet and Kala Vishwavidyalay at Khairagarh, is the only Music and Fine Arts University in India. Chhattisgarh Institute of Technology, Ashoka Institute of Technology and Management, Digvijay College, Govt. Kamaladevi Women's College etc. are the other famous colleges.

The contributions in the field of Hindi literature by Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, Padumlal Punnalal Bakshi and Baldeo Prasad Mishra have a singular reference as they were from Rajnandgaon. The best time to visit Rajnandgaon is during the winter season, from the months of October to February.

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Choti Bambleshwari, Rajnandgaon

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