Are you someone who finds intrest in archeological arts? Well then this one is for you. Have you heard about the forts of Chhattisgarh? One of the is The “Chaiturgarh fort” alternately known as LAFAGARH fort. This fort is situated at about 19 kilometers from Pali, in Korba District of Chhattisgarh. It is an ‘Archaeological Survey of India’ protected monument. Chaiturgarh is one of the 36 forts of Chhattisgarh. Chaithurgarh is situated around 70 kilometres (43 mi) from Korba which is a source of power generation town for Chhatisgarh.
Chaiturgarh fort is situated at a height of 3,060 feet (930 m) on a hill top. It is protected by strong natural walls and is considered as one of the strongest natural forts. Since it is protected by strong natural walls, only at some places walls have been built. The fort has three main entrances which are named as Menaka, Humkara, and Simhadwar.
On the hilltop there is a plain area of about 5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi) where there are five ponds. Three of these ponds have water all round the year. The hillocks of Chaiturgarh are famous for their natural beauty and the adventurous experiences it offers. Many types of wild animals and birds are found here.
The famous Mahishasur Mardini temple is situated here. The idol of Mahishasur Mardini having 12 hands is installed in the sanctum sanctorum. Shankar cave is situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away from the temple. The cave which is like a tunnel, is 25 feet (7.6 m) long. One can go inside the cave only by creeping since it is very small in diameter.
According to the incriptions in the Central Province and Berar which is now known as Vidarbha – dated in Kalchuri Era (1181-82 CE) describes a long genealogical list of the Kalchuri kings.It mentions that there was a king in the family of the Haihaya who has eighteen sons. One of them was Kalinga whose son Kamala ruled over Tummana. Kamala was succeeded by Ratnaraja I and latter by Prithvideva I.Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort in 1571 and mughals ruled it till 1628. Chaiturgarh was constructed by Raja Prithvideva I.