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Anupriya Bedi Apr 04 2014

Which are the places to visit around Jagdalpur?

Reet Cheema Apr 04 2014
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While you are planning your trip to this lush green city in Chhattisgarh, we have a list of places you can visit around Jagdalpur.

Chitrakot (38 km NW of Jagdalpur)

This is where the Indravati River bids adieu to the plateau of Bastar and plunges 94 ft down a ravine. The horseshoe-shaped Chitrakot Waterfall is the most advertised tourist spot of the region. The picturesque locale was home to Verrier Elwin.

Photo of Chitrakot Waterfalls (by Theasg sp)

Kanger (35 km SE of Jagdalpur)

Bastar, supposedly part of Dandakarnaya of Valmiki’s Ramayana, is filled with forests. A must-see is the Kanger Valley National Park, home to the Dhurwa tribe, an easy ride from Jagdalpur. There is a Forest Suraksha Samiti, a cooperative comprising villagers working as guides and guards in the park. If you just want to visit the park, start from Jagdalpur in the morning. When you get to the entrance of the park, hire a guide who can show you around the stalactites and stalagmites in the Kutumsar and Dandak Caves. Do not miss the sunset at the Kanger Dhara River or a visit to the scenic Tirathgarh Falls.

Photo of Kanger Valley National Park (by Theasg sp)

For a tryst with the wild, travel through the dense cover of the sal, sangwan, mahua and rhoni trees. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some wildlife (no tigers have been reported in the last census, but a panther sighting is possible) or at least their footprints. You also get to understand better the relationship of forest dwellers with the environment. The National Park is open from November to June, but you can visit the Tirathgarh Falls round the year.

Dantewada (85 km SW of Jagdalpur)

At the confluence of Dankini and Sankhini rivulets is the Danteshwari Temple of the tutelary deity of the Kakatiya kings of Bastar —the six-armed black Danteshwari, now appropriated as one of the Shaktipeeths. A tooth of the Shakti consort of Shiva is said to have fallen here. The temple has been renovated many times. The Kakatiyas are reported to have given it a facelift in the 14th century. However, the temple as it stands now is a result of early 20th century renovation. Take a Jagdalpur to Kotapar train, and from there take a taxi or bus to Dantewada.

Barsur (90 km W of Jagdalpur)

In the 11th century, Barsur was the capital of the Nagavansi dynasty. This kingdom, known as Chakrakot, fell prey to several incursions from the South, including one by the Kakatiyas under Annam Deo, who established his rule in Bastar around 1424-25. Bastar remained under the control of Kakatiyas till modern times.

At Barsur (on the Bastar-Dantewada border), you can see the ruins of a temple complex, the origins of which can be traced to the 12th century. The temples include a Shiva Temple (built in 1109 CE), with 12 stone pillars carved on the outside, with nude figures. A 19th-century ruler had them defaced.

A ruined Ganesh temple is situated nearby. The 50-foot-tall Mama Bhanja ka Mandir is better preserved and has carvings replicating bells hung from chains. Another Shiva Temple has a common court of 32 pillars. These temples point to the existence of Hinduism in the region, but neither its origin nor the reach it had are known as of now.

There are many myths associated with the local deities, known simply as devas and devis. Some were worshipped for a long time, and the legends associated with them forgotten, while others were created only a hundred years ago.

The most visible aspect of religion here is the menhirs, which are memorials to the dead. They dot the landscape, especially in the Dantewada region, and come in many forms. Some are simple pieces of stone or stone slabs, inscribed with many images depicting different aspects of life, while others are colourful wooden staffs decorated and crowned with an animal head.

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