Deogarh, Surguja

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Deogarh is 51km from Ambikapur and 93km from Surajpur. Situated on the bank of River Rihand, Deogarh is a religious site for the Hindus. There is a temple of Lord Shiva or Baba Bholenath. Baba Bholenath is one of the “jyotirlingas” in India. During Shivratri, huge fair takes place organized by various groups dedicated to the service of the temple. This occasion is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Hindus. People from different states are found gathering here on this auspicious occasion. Devotees from Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Maharastra start their journey from Gayatri Mandir situated on the bank of River Rihand. They take a holy dip and carry sacred water to pour on the Shivalinga. Jagrans and bhajans are sung throughout the night before Shivaratri.

Other than being a religious site, Deogarh also has splendid scenic beauty. Bank od river Rihand is quite peaceful and treat to the eyes. Deogarh is also known as Deoria as there are many temples scattered all over the place. Each mound formed out of debris have a deity and is worth a visit. Archeology of Guuri-Shankar temple reflects the contemporary ruler of that period.

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