Tourist Places To Visit In Raipur
Raipur, the city that was part of Madhya Pradesh before is now the capital city of Chhattisgarh. It is one of the largest cities as well as the most populated city in Chhattisgarh. Whichever region it falls under, Raipur has had a huge history of different kingdoms coming and settling in, which has turned the city into a hub for tourism. People here are multi cultural and have different religions as well, having said this you will find a lot of Hindu as well as Jain Temples in the city that are equally notable. Tourist places to visit in Raipur include beautiful temples, museums, zoos, as well as a cricket stadium. Below is a list of attractions in the city for the ease of planning your trip.
One of the most famous temples located in Gariaband, which is a few kilometers away from Raipur is the Jatmai Temple. This temple is dedicated to the presiding deity Maa Jatmai, who is highly worshipped by many in the region as well as others coming from different cities in India. The temple is beautifully constructed with carved granite and has several murals inscribed on the structure. Also, there is an amazing waterfall flowing right next to it, which during monsoons, fills up and flows quite heavily, giving a picturesque view. Many devotees flock to this temple to pray to the goddess inside.
Chhattisgarh Science Center
Once you are done visiting the temples in Raipur, get your mind ready to do some learning at the Science Park in Chhattisgarh Science Center. The Science Park was established to provide resources for purposes of learning, encouraging the spirit of inquisitiveness and to foster young talent. This is a great place to go to if you are with children or you yourself are interested in science and technology. This museum has exhibits of new technology and that to in an interactive manner, which makes it even more interesting. The center also explains mirror effect and 3D illusions in an interactive way that is easy to understand. This center is a great visit for a curious mind.
Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum
Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum is located close to Kutchery Chowk intersection in the city of Raipur and is a place that is rich in history and art. Once you visit, you can exhibits of artifacts from previous eras like inscriptions, coins, carvings, manuscripts, inscriptions, tribal artifacts and so many other things related to the history of the region and its conquerors. The museum has two floors and there are five galleries that are spread across both floors. There is also a library in the vicinity where you can browse through books of your interest. Get to learn a lot about the culture and history of Raipur through this museum.
Banjari Mata Mandir
The Banjari Mata Temple in Raipur is quite famous, with the shrine within it being the specialty of the place. This temple is dedicated to Banjari Maa, whose idol is said to have appeared many years ago. It was Shree Harish Joshi who found this shrine and constructed a temple around it for its protection and started worshipping it as well. Following him, a lot of people came to worship the same idol. The best time to visit this temple is during festivals like Dussehra and Navratri as the temple and its premises are decorated very beautifully and you will see a lot of activity happening then. This exquisite temple has thousands of devotees who flock during the festival time.
Kevalya Dham Jain Temple
Raipur is a city of multi religions and along with Hindu temples, there are Jain temples as well; one of them being the famous Kevalya Dham Jain Temple. This temple in Raipur is located on the outskirts of Raipur city and is also known by the name of Sri Adinath Jain Swetamtabar Tirth. This Dham is almost like a temple complex and has several Jain temples placed one after another. Although this temple is very famous with the Jin community, the temples also see a lot of people from different communities as well. This temple has a special feature that people can bid in an auction and the highest bidder gets to perform the main pooja in the temple.
Rajiv Lochan Mandir
Located in the Gariaband district, a few kilometers away from Raipur is another beautiful temple by the name of Rajiv Lochan Mandir. This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and has a beautiful shrine inside. The entire temple structure stands on 12 columns that have intricately designed stone carvings that are amazing to see. This temple is quite close to the town of Rajim as well and the best time to go visit this place is during the Rajim Lochan Mahotsav. During this time, the temple is decorated with a lot of enthusiasm and you will see a lot of people as well.
Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Are you a huge cricket fan? Whether you are or not, don’t miss the Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur. It is 21 km from the center of the city and is recognized as the fourth largest cricket stadium in the entire world. The stadium is a famous one and is known for hosting some of the biggest cricket tournaments like IPL and Ranji Trophy. The seating capacity of the stadium is 65000 people, meaning it is quite huge. Check this iconic stadium out when you visit Raipur.
ISKON Temples all over the world have a different charm and are some of the most beautiful temples you have ever seen. Dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, ISKCON temples are present all over the world, with one of the recent additions being in Raipur. The temple is still under construction but most of it has already been made. For now some of the idols have been transferred to a different location and will be brought back soon. Even the temple has not been constructed fully, you can still see the elegance of the structure. The temple has been constructed in white marble and looks absolutely pure from afar as well as within.
Located at a distance of 9 km from Raipur city is the lovely Shadani Darbar on Dhatari Road. The temple sprawls over 12 acres of land and is a massive temple complex. The temple was named after Sri Shadaramhi Saheb and has his idol inside the temple as well. There are shrines of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses that are beautifully decorated with flowers and clothing. The best time to visit Shadani Darbar is during Dukh Bhanjan Dhuni, which is performed by devotees in the evening time. Outside the temple structure there is a huge garden in which you can sit and relax or even meditate to find some peace.
The Mahamaya Temple in Raipur is one of the oldest temples in the vicinity and was constructed almost 900 years ago. Due to this temple being so ancient, this temple not only attracts devotees but also attracts historians, archeologists and art enthusiasts. The temple houses several shrines of Lord Shiva, Goddess Mahakali, Bhadrakali and Lord Hanuman. The structure of the temple is interesting, with 18 inches of walls surrounding it and 16 inches of thick stone columns supporting the whole structure from the bottom. This is the holiest site in the whole of Chhattisgarh and is highly revered by locals as well as visitors coming in from other cities in the country.