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Bhilai - Quick Facts

Area: 8702 Sq. Km.
Population: 28,10,436
Altitude: 317 Meters
Rainfall: 58 cm
Best Time To Visit: October to March
Languages: Hindi, English & Chhattisgarhi


Bhilai or Bhilai Nagar is a city in Chhattisgarh, India with a population of 753,837. The cities is located 25 km west of the capital Raipur on the main Howrah–Mumbai rail line, and National Highway 6. Bhilai is famous for Bhilai Steel Plant which is the largest of its kind in India. Along with its sister city Durg, Bhilai was listed among the fastest growing cities in the world, in terms of the growing population.

The Durg District is a populous District of Chhattisgarh. It occupies the southwestern part of the Chhattisgarh plain and possesses belts of hilly country in the south, southwest and northwest, bestowed with mineral resources and forests. The National Highway No. 6 (Mumbai - Sambalpur - Calcutta) is the major highway of the district and the train route is the main line of the South Eastern Railway midway between Mumbai-Calcutta. Nearest airport from the District Headquarter Durg is at Mana (Raipur) about 50 Km's away. Durg district was come in existence in the year in 1906. In the begining present Rajnandgaon and Kawardha district was a part of Durg district. In 1973 Durg was divided and seperate Rajanandgaon district comes in existence. Since then present state of Durg district is existing.


By Air

Nearest airport from the District Headquarter Durg is at Mana (Raipur) about 50 Km's.

By Rail

Durg town is favorably situated on the main line of the South Eastern Railway midway between Mumbai-Calcutta. The main railway line cuts across the District at its narrowest width, the total length of the line being only 17 Km's There is also branch line from Durg to Dalli-Rajahara for transport of the iron ore.

By Road

The District is well interconnected by roads. The National Highway No. 6 traversing the district is the Mumbai-Calcutta G. E. Road. Other important roads of district are Durg-Dhamdha-Bemetara Road. Kawardha-Bemetara- Simga Road, Kumhari-Patharia Road, Rajnandgaon-Antagarh Road, Durg-Utai Road etc.
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Bhilai Steel Plant

A major exporter of steel, this was set up with Soviet assistance in 1959, as one of the first steps of independent India's drive towards industrialisation and self reliance. Its main products are rails, structurals (beams, channels, angles, and crossing sleepers), wire rods and plates.

Balod

Balod which is situated at a distance of about 58 km.from Durg is famous for the old palace Prachin Kila, Mandir & Sati Chabutra.

Maitribagh

This garden which is controlled by the Bhilai Township is featured with musical fountain which happens to be the biggest in Asia and it attracts large crowds.Maitribagh also houses a zoo of various animals and birds. For amusement there is a lake along with toy train.

Deobalod

This place is known for the oldest Shiv Mandir and it is situated about 3 km. from Bhilai.

Siyadevi

This temple which is located at a distance of about 20 kms from Balod is in a dense jungle and the goddess worshipped here is Sita Maiya wife of ord Rama.Close to this temple there is a small water fall which pours down in the month of July and February.

Nagpura
This is situated at 2 km. from the district of Durg and is famous for Jain Temples & Pasharwanath Tirth.

Maitry Baugh
A zoo cum children’s park, maintained by the Bhilai Steel Plant Management White tigers is the main attraction here. Every year a flower show is organized here. The Baugh has a musical fountain. 2 shows are organized here in the evenings, on alternate days.

Uwasaggaharam
Parshwa Teerth This is a Jain shrine in Nagpura established in 1995. Located on the banks of the Sheonath river, the campus houses temples, guest houses, a garden and Naturopathy and Yoga Centre The entrance to the resplendent marble temple of Shri Parshwanath is through a 30 feet gate that has the idol of Parshwanath, supported by four pillars (representing the four essentials of spiritual atonement, i.e., wisdom, introspection, good conduct, penance), being worshipped by two elephants. Sacred water, amiya, oozes from the idol here. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this shrine on full-moon.

Ganga Maiya
Temple
Located at Jhalmala, 58 km from Durg, there is an interesting story about the origin of this temple: a fisherman was fishing in the pond near the village when he found an idol in his net. He kept putting it back in the water, it kept coming back into his net. Finally, he got fed up and left it and went home. The same night, in a dream, a villager heard the Goddess saying "I am being ignored by the fisherman. Take me out and get me installed." Taking this to be an order, he visited the pond the next morning, retrieved the idol and installed it in a hut near the village (and hence the name). Later a more permanent temple was built here by Bhikam Chand Tawri. The temple trust plays an active role in the life of the villagers, including organizing cultural activities and medical camps.


Bastar

Predominantly a forest area, it is the home of Marias and Murias, both extremely colorful and lively tribes, who have preserved their ancient culture. A shilpgram has been established by the germent to preserve and promote the tribal art and handisrafts of the area. Village Bastar was capital of Kakatiya rulers of a short period. An attractive temple of the 12-13th century can be seen here. Bastar was once one of the largest districts in India, bigger even than the state of Kerala and countries like Israel and Belgium. Its early history is obscure - it is believed to have been established in the 11th century by the Nagavanshi dynasty that had their capital at Barsu.

Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur, the district headquarters, is a small town, easily explorable on foot. It is green and beautiful. Believe it or not, you can walk left off the street and into the 70 year old Bastar palace, situated at one end of the main street. The erstwhile Royal Family still resides in one part, while another is being used as a medical college. Currently, there are no residential facilities here, but lunch can be arranged. There is a weekly haat (market) here on Sundays. Many wonderful waterfalls are nearby. The Ganga Munda and Dalpat Sagar lakes are on the river Indravati, which passes through Jagdalpur. Sprawling over 350 hectares, Dalpat Sagar is the largest artificial lake in Chhattisgarh. It was created over 400 years ago by Raja Dalpat Deo Kakatiya to harvest rain water. Today, it is a major source of fish. If you can wake up early enough, join in the ritual worship of the deity before watching the group fishing, where one group spreads the nets and the other group drives the fish into the nets by howling and beating water. Or, if you prefer, go boating (motor / pedal boats) on the lake, especially at sunset.

Dhamtari

Dhamtari is situated in the fertile plains, irrigated by the Mahanadi River and Sendur, Pairy, Sondur, Joan, Kharun and Shivnath - its tributaries. Paddy is the main crop grown here. The Satpura range of mountains, popularly known as Sihawa Pahad, is to the east, Kanker is to the west, state capital Raipur to the north, and the state of Orissa to the south.

Dantewada

Dantewada, to the south of Bastar, derives its name from its presiding deity, Devi Danteshwari, the Goddess worshipped as an incarnation of Shakti (strength). It is believed to be one of the 52 sacred Shakti peethas (seat of Shakti, female power) of Hindu mythology. Lord Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, is reputed to have taken shelter here during his 14 years of exile. At various times, the region has been ruled by the Nags, Satwahanas, Nalas and Chalukyas. Traces of Buddhism and Jainism dating back to the 3 rd century AD can be seen here.

Chitrakote
 Falls
Situated 38 km from Jagdalpur at a spot where the river Indravati has an abrupt fall of 96ft. The falls which are like Horse shoe curve are often compared to the Niagara Falls. Kuturmsar Caves The tribal calendar is full of festivals. Thes include harvest festivals like Navakhana ‘eating of the new crop’, matipuja ‘worship of earth’, goncha, the Chariot festival, etc. The most important of these in Bastar is the Dusshera when all the deities from all villages congregate at the temple of Danteshwari in Jagdalpur. The Dusshera in Bastar unlike the Dushera in other parts of India has nothing to do with the triumphant return of Rama to Ayodhya. Dusshera in Bastar is devoted entirely to the goddess, Devi Danteshwari.

Tribal Museum

An anthropological expo in Jagdalpur on the life and culture of the various tribes in Bastar This small but excellently documented and exhibited museum of the anthropological Society of India in Jagdalpur provides an excellent window view for the tourist.

Rajim

Rajim, the Prayas of Chhattisgarh situated 49 km from Raipur on the confluence of the Mahanadi, Pairi and Sondur rivers, here is a beautiful temple of Vishnu, known as Rajivlochan, “The beautiful eyed one”. It is the most important temple constructed of bricks in the 8th-9th Century

Champaran

Situated of 10 km from Rajim is the birthplace of Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya of Vaishanv sect. Here a temple was built in the first decade of 20 century by hills disciples. A fair is held every year in the month of January-February. Arang Situated at a distance of 34 km from Raipur, is famous for its 11th – 12th century temple. Though the temple is dilapidated but along with garbha-grih its top portion is intact.

Sirpur

Situated at a distance of 75 km from Raipur on the banks of the river Mahanadi is an important site because it was the capital of the kings of Sarabhapura and their successors in Dakshin Kosala.

Sheorinarayan

Situated at a distance of 94 km from Bilaspur in Janjgir district on the confluence of Mahanadi, Sheonath and Jonk rivers A fair is held every year on magh purnima and is attended by thousands of dvotees. Five km away in Khand is an ancient Shiva temple of the early mediieval period.

Giraudhpuri

Situated at a distance of 80 km from Bilaspur and 12 km from Sheonarayan is the birthplace of sant Ghasidas. It’s a pilgrimage for Satnami samaj.

Talagoan
Situated at a distance of 28 kms From Bilaspur on the banks of river Maniyari the picturesque temples found in the excavations are Deorahi-Jethani temple and a big statue of Lord Shiva named as Rudrashiva, the anantomy of the statue is made of different materials, a mouth is present even on the breast, stomach and knees of the statue. This is the only known statue of this type in the entire world.

Khairagarh

Situated 48 km from Rajnandgaon Here there is famous Indira Arts and Music University established in the year 1956. Other ancient temples worth a visit are Rukhand swami temple, Danteshwari temple, Mahakali temple, Mahavir Temple and Bhadrakali temple.

Dongargarh

Situated on the Mumbai-Howrah route in Rajnandgaon (36 km) district Bambleshwari Devi temple is at the top of Dongargarh hills and beneath the hills there is also Bambleshwari temple which attracts tourists.
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Though there is nothing much to ship in the city of Bhilai, some common areas of shopping includes Indra Palace, Akash Ganga, and Power House Market, Supela Market and Civic center.
Paintings, Dokra metal animals and figurines, carved woodwork, coloured beads and chunky jewellery are some special things available for visitors to buy.

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