Sirpur is a small town, 84 kms away from Raipur, Chattisgarh well known for its archaeological monuments.
Situated on the bank of Mahanadi, it has a rich background of traditional cultural heritage and architecture.
It was an important centre of Buddhist from the 6th the 10th century A.D. and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the 7th century Chinese pilgrim and Scholar.
The archaeological remains of Sirpur speak volumes of the rich legacy of the place, though most of the remains are considerably eroded now.During the 57 year long rule of Mahashivgupt Balarjun, a number of temples, Buddha Vihars, ponds and gardens were constructed. Sirpur remained a well-known centre of study and art due to its political stability and religious tolerance.
WHAT TO SEE:- Laxman Temple,Gandheshwar temple,Buddha Vihar,Ram temple,Museum
I flew down to Raipur and then went to Sirpur with a friend by bike. There are very limited transport facilities and the only way to go around is by hiring a car.
All the temples were at close proximity. To visit some of the stupas, we had to do some off-roading. The structures were exquisite but unfortunately, most of them were in ruins.
Other Attractions :
Arang: Situated 49 k.m from Sirpur and 25 km from Raipur on the main NH6 Arang is famous for 11th– 12th century temple. The Bhanddeval mandir Baghdeval Mandir , Mahamaya Mandir , Chandi Mandir are worth seeing.
Barnawapara Sanctuary: Barnawapara Widlife sanctuary , is named after Bar and Nawapara forest villages, which are in the heart of the sanctuary .
Sirpur has always been the grounds for celebrations. It has also retained its importance as pilgrimage site for the followers of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Sirpur is the venue for the national Dance and Music festival and is attracting a lot of visitors.
This article would be incomplete without a big Thanks to my friend Shashank Barve who was kind enough to take me to Sirpur.
This article is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer. He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.
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