Chandrapur – Heritage of the Gonds

Chandrapur – a familiar name of an unfamiliar place. I must have passed by the place several times en route to Tadoba Tiger Reserve or while going to north India several times, but never did I get chance to explore it.

Last week, I had to go there for a photography assignment and that gave me an opportunity to go around. Frankly speaking, I did not expect much from the place but after I spend a couple of hours, my outlook changed completely. I am sure, you will feel the same after you finish reading this post.

 

After doing some research, I found that its a fortified city with several gates. There were two temples of interest.

The first temple I went to was the Anchaleshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are three temples and a mausoleum in the complex located inside the fort built by the Gond king Dhundya Ram Sah in the 16th century.
It was beyond my expectations mainly because I was not able to find a single picture of this in the internet.

The entrance of the temple.
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I went to see the mausoleum part first. This is the entrance.
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What a surprise it was to see this majestic building!

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There were other small structures in the area.

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A goat was enjoying the shade after a munch under one of the small structures.

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This place was used for the manufacturing of raw materials for the construction.

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After walking around, I entered the mausoleum. It was exquisitely decorated with minute carvings. This was something that I least expected. It was beautiful.

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There was more to discover; I proceeded to the main temple… I saw there were lots of holes made on the wall to place lit lamps.

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The entrance to the temple –

 

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The carvings on the temple walls…

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The Mahakali temple was our next stop. This is another old temple well decorated with carvings.

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Saw this sheep near the lion. I asked the people around if it was for sacrifice. They said, its left by some devotee as a mark of respect.

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It was unusual for me to see some gods made of wood. People bring one to fulfil a wish.

 

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One of the main gates of the city.

 

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Hope you enjoyed the post.

In the next one, I will write about a nearby town named Bhadrawati which is another great place to be.

This post would be incomplete without expressing gratitude to Dr. Subhash Sonwane who helped me with providing information about the places and allowed his assistant to accompany me as a guide for the day. He was kind enough to use his bike which helped me utilize my time to the fullest and save money as well.

This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He guides people to take better pictures through his Photography Workshops.

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7 Comments

  1. Inspiring for photographers and travel enthusiastic..
    Good collection…

  2. Dear Saurabh,
    Congratulations for this new photoblog!
    As you rightly said this is unfamiliar Chandrapur
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful piece of architecture and sculptures. Please share more pictures.

    Regards

    Mandar Deo

  3. You might have visited the place in the height of monsoon.the pictures are dull.Pl.avoid travelling during rains.First visit a place to make a survey to evaluare the places to shoot and optimum time for the exposing.Out door shooting will give pleasing results between8to9.30 in the morning and 3 to 5.30 in the evening.You know it all.

  4. This is the best, anyone can write about Chandrapur.

    • Thanks Mrudula!

  5. Hi..

    Thanks a lot for beautifully describing the city. Pictures posted will definitely encourage more tourists to our city.

    Swapnil khartad

  6. Awesome, Looks like i missed few from chandrapur. May be next time.

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