Bamleshwari Temple, Chhattisgarh – A Shrine Worth Visiting
After having spent a splendid day in the Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary on the first day of our stay in Chhattisgarh, it was time for some worshipping and devotion. Chhattisgarh is a state much known for the presence of a large number of temples. Other than having a very good flora and fauna collection, the state is also well-known for the rich temples. Though the state was recognized in the Indian map quite late, it has its own identity now and people love visiting Chhattisgarh for all these. On the second day, we decided to go to the Bamleshwari Temple in the city, which is located in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh.
The temple is located near the Dongargarh city, which happens to be the nearest city to the Bamleshwari Temple. Therefore, we travelled to Dongargarh by taxi and then it drove us to the temple premises. The temple is located atop a hill of height 1600 feet. The temple complex is referred by two names, the Badi Bamleshwari Temple and the Chhoti Bamleshwari Temple. The latter temple is located at a distance of just 0.5 kilometers from the main temple. A large number of worshippers are seen around the temple. During special occasions and festivals, the number of people visiting the shrine increases to large numbers.
There is a ropeway, which needs to be traversed if one wants to reach the temple atop the hill. To reach the temple top, there are other ways as well. But the ropeway is the most popular one, perhaps because of its adventurous and thrilling experience. As the experience was thrilling I couldn’t resist my temptation and we too decided to reach the temple by the ropeway and all four of us reached the temple complex.
The history of the temple is very rich. It is said that the temple was built some thousands of years ago. It has a great mythological history about the construction of the place and it is also said that the temple was built by Raja Veersen, who used to be a devotee of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. With the blessings of the Supreme God and Goddess, the temple was built and it remains intact till today.