Chhattisgarh !! An incredible state of Central India.It is the Tenth-largest state with around 52 sq mile area and a population of 25 million people. It is known for its temples and waterfalls. It is bestowed with a rich cultural heritage and attractive natural diversity. The formation of the state took place on 1st Nov 2000 by partitioning 10 Chhattisgarhi and 6 Gondi speaking southeastern districts of Madhya Pradesh. Currently the state comprises of 27 districts.
It is claimed that Chhattisgarh takes its name from the 36 ancient forts in the area.However, experts do not agree with this explanation, as 36 forts cannot be archaeologically identified in this region.In ancient times, this region was known as Dakshina Kosala. Chhatisgarh is also mentioned in ramayana and Mahabharata. Between the sixth and twelfth centuries, Sharabhpurias, Panduavanshi, Somavanshi, Kalachuri and Nagavanshi rulers dominated this region. The Bastar region of Chhattisgarh was invaded by Rajendra Chola I and Kulothunga Chola I of the Chola dynasty in the 11th century.
Chhattisgarh has played a significant role in Ramayan. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman spent most of his exile period in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. One of the remarkable place is Shivrinarayan which is nearby Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. Shivrinarayan was named after an old lady Shabari. It is said that she offered Lord Rama fruits out of her love and devotion for him.
Chhattisgarh is famous for one of the biggest steel industry, Bhilai steel plant, Bhilai, operated by SAIL, Jindal steel and power, Raigarh and others. Chhattisgarh is one of the few states of India where the power sector is effectively developed. Chhattisgarh provides electricity to several other states because of surplus production.
Chhattisgarh is a storehouse of literature, performing arts and crafts—all of which derives its substance and sustenance from the day-to-day life experiences of its people. Chhattisgarh is known for “Kosa silk” and “lost wax art”. Panthi, Rawat Nacha, Pandwani, Chaitra, Kaksar, Saila, Khamb-swang, Bhatra Naat, Rahas, Raai, Maao-Pata and Soowa are the several indigenous dance styles of Chhattisgarh.
About the geography of chhattisgarh, The northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, while the central part is a fertile plain. The highest point in the state is the Gaurlata.Deciduous forests of the Eastern Highlands Forests cover roughly 44% of the state. The state animal is the van bhainsa, or wild asian buffalo. The state bird is the pahari maina, or hill maina. The state tree is the Sal (Sarai) found in Bastar division.
Chhattisgarh is famous for its temples such as Maa Bamleshwari Devi, Dongargarh, Jatmai Ghatarani, Raipur and many such beutiful temples can be awesome places to visit. Other than this some of the must visit places of chhattisgarh includes Chitrkoot falls, kailash and kotumsar caves, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.
If you are visiting chhattisgarh which is famous for its cultural heritage then you must visit The Archaeological Musuem in bijapur ,Madku Dweep in bilaspur and Gol Gumbaz in bijapur as well.
So if you are in plan of visiting chhattisgarh, do it soon and if you are a resident of chhattisgarh, you know how incredible our chhattisgarh is! Hope now you have an idea of Chhattisgarh. Wait for the next post to know more about it. Hope you like it.