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13 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Chhattisgarh
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Chhattisgarh is one of the fastest growing states in India. It has a natural scenic beauty which is still unexplored. There are numerous attractions in Chhattisgarh to visit. Every district here has a plenty of things to offer. This tribal state has the richest biodiversity areas in the country. It has 44% of its area under forest cover and hence it is called as ‘The Green State of India’.

It has big dams and different canals. It has rich art culture, ancient monuments like Sirpur, Bhoramdev. Various Palaces like “Jashpur Palace, Kawardha Palace, Bastar Palace, Kanker Palace”. Rare wildlife, distinctive languages, cuisines, music, dance and lifestyle, unique handicrafts, ornaments, festivals like Bastar dussehra, and fairs like Rajim Kumbh mela, ancient temples, astonishing landmarks, waterfalls and breathtaking beauty blended with rich history. Hereby I conclude that Chhattisgarh is one of the most promising place of our country which is still unaffected by the world of modernization, which makes me to say “Chhattisgarhiya Sable Badhiya”.

Kutumsar cave

You might be surprised to know that Kutumsar cave situated in Jagdalpur district of Chhattisgarh is the second longest natural cave of the world. Kutumsar cave is located in Kanger Valley National Park. It was discovered in 1993, and is well known for stalactite and stalagmite formations. This cave has a unique species of blind fish. The cave consists of 5 chambers and several blind wells. It is estimated that the cave is 2 km deep but it is accessible to certain points only due to lack of oxygen. One of the fascinating features of this cave is that, when struck on the wall it produces a musical sound. It is a must visit place in Chhattisgarh and you will definitely enjoy visiting this place.

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Indira Performing Arts & Music University

A very few people know that the Indira Performing Arts & Music University, is Asia’s first university dedicated to visual and performing arts. It is located in khairagarh town of Rajnandgaon district, Chhattisgarh. In 1956, the then rulers of princely state Khairagarh donated their palace to open a university of music & fine arts. The university has 45 affiliated colleges, one affiliated research centre. This university is one of its kinds as it provides degree for classical dance and music, whereas rest of the universities provide diploma for the same.

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary

Kunkuri Catholic Church is Asia’s second largest Catholic Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is situated in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh. The Church has a seating capacity of 5000 to 8000 people and took 15 years to be completed in 1968. Jashpur diocese attracts the highest number of Catholics in Chhattisgarh. Since the catholic population is centered in Jashpur, the bishop’s house and the cathedral are located at Kunkuri.

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Coal mines

Chhattisgarh is well known for its famous coal mines. The Gevra project is Asia’s largest open cast coal mine present in Korba district of Chhattisgarh. It has an annual production of 43.75 million tons per year. Spread nearly over 20 sq. km, the Gevra mines are the single largest source of power grade coal in India containing more than 10000 million tons of coal.

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Tin & Iron Ores

Chhattisgarh is the only tin producing state in India. Tin is found in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. It hosts a wide variety of minerals found in igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic terrains. Chhattisgarh nestles atop the world’s largest kimberlite area. It is a remarkable fact that tin is the most preferred and eco friendly packing material.

In addition various iron ore deposits have been found in Dalli Rajhara of Durg, and Baila Dilla of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Some of the ore from Baila Dilla is exported to Japan. Besides, Bhilai steel plant gets its iron ore from the Rajhara mines.

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Prayag of Chhattisgarh

It’s a worth noticing fact that there is another Triveni Sangam situated in Chhattisgarh. This holy confluence of three rivers Mahanadi, Pairi, and Sondur, called Triveni Sangam is at Rajim. It is also known as “The Prayag of Chhattisgarh”. Rajim is famous for its rich cultural heritage and the ancient temples. Every year Rajim kumbh fair is organized here which is very famous. Shri Rajiv Lochan Mandir, dedicated to lord Vishnu is situated here which is a marvel of architecture.

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Indian Institute of Handloom Technology

Chhattisgarh boasts of one of the prestigious institute, Indian Institute of Handloom Technology, which is situtated in Champa district of Chhattisgarh. Champa is famous for its Kosa, silk, gold & brass metal works. The handloom textile manufactured here is exported to U.K., U.S.A. & Brazil.

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Arts & Dance Forms of Chhattisgarh

Endowed with a rich cultural history, Chhattisgarh boasts of its unique folk traditions that are reflected through various dance forms, folk songs, and folk dramas. Some of the prominent forms are Karma Dance, Panthi Dance, Soowa Dance, Raut Nacha, Chandaini Gonda, etc. besides numerous traditional songs such as Bihaav Geet, Dadariya, Pandvani, etc. are sung in various occasions.

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Chitrakoot falls

Chitrakoot falls or “The Niagara Falls of Chhattisgarh” is located in Jadalpur district of Chhattisgarh on the Indravati River. The height of the waterfall is close to 100 ft. and it is one of the largest waterfalls in India. The falls are exceptionally gorgeous to look at during rainy season when water acquires brown color due to erosion of soil. It is a tourist destination yet to be explored.

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Bhilai Steel Plant

Bhilai steel plant in Chhattisgarh is India’s first and the largest producer of rail, wide steel plates and steel products. It is the largest steel plant in the country and is setup here due to the large availability of the iron ores from the vicinity areas like Dalli rajhara, and Baila Dilla. BSP is 11 times winner of Prime Minister’s Trophy for best integrated steel plant. It is a well known fact that Bhilai steel plant is the sole supplier of rails.

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Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium

Raipur International Cricket stadium is the second largest in India and fourth largest in the world by seating capacity. This stadium has a seating capacity of 65,000. It is one of the best stadiums in the country has been built with as a modern sport arena. The stadium has been built at the new capital Naya Raipur which will be of the finest and planned cities of the world.

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Naya Raipur

Naya Raipur would be fourth planned capital city after Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, and Bhubaneshwar. Naya Raipur is planned in all sense it has everything a modern city should possess; plush green landmarks, wide roads, public amusement parks, educational institutions including IIT & IIM, Medical Centres, modern residential areas, and all other facilities beyond imagination. Naya Raipur would be a ‘green city’ in every sense of term.

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Tribal Culture

Chhattisgarh is home to “Tribes”. It has India’s oldest tribal communities. Tribal people have a rich history and culture of music, dance, dress and food. They are a bit shy, but friendly. They are extremely rich in tribal art and are also known for their colorful and unique crafts made from bamboos, jute, clay wood and Dhokra Wax Art. The tribes of Chhattisgarh are unique in their lifestyles and have beautifully retained their own culture and traditions

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