Ratanpur, Bilaspur

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Located at a distance of 25km from Bilaspur, Ratanpur is a town situated on the National Highway 200. Ratanpur has remained a witness to vast historical changes brought by different rulers of various dynasties. A nine foot tall idol of Baba Bairavnath Kshetrapal Singh of Haihai dynasty is seen as one enters Ratanpur.

Its importance also lies in being the old capital of Chhattisgarh started by Kalchuri dynasty. It was founded by Ratanraj whose ancestors made Ratanpur their capital in 11th Century A.D. Later it was also the capital of Haihaiyavansi Kingdom and Bhosle. Finally, Britishers reigned till the nation's independence.

Mahamaya Temple in Ratanpur is very renowned and attracts tourists from all over the state. Ratansen, the Kalchurian king constructed the temple. There is a pond along with few ancient temples by the bank.

Devout devotees are found here offering prayer and seeking blessing at the temple. Bhudha Mahadev, Ratneswar Mahadev Temple and Laxmi Temple are other temples of Ratanpur. Buses are readily available from Raipur. Ratanpur is 30km from Pali and 15km from Nirdhi of Korba.

Bimbaji Bhonsle, the Maratha king constructed Ramtek, another famous temple on the peak of the mountain. An ancient fort at Ratanpur is a significant tourist spot. The fort is not in a ruined condition and as such tourists can explore a lot about its history. Ganesha gate is quite captivating.

Other than the idols of River Ganga-Jamuna, an ancient stone sculpture over the gate remains to be the most attractive part of the fort. Statues of Brahma, Vishnu, Sitchourai and Jagarnath temples and Tandav dance of Lord Shivji are seen as one enters the fort. Khutaghat and Khudiya dam are the dams situated in Ratanpur.


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