Spiritual Places in Chhattisgarh
If the melancholy and misery of life is taking a toll on you, pack your bag and board in for the land of spiritual quest and zest- Chhattisgarh a haven of peace and amity.
These are some of the unbelievable places you would find humbling and set you on a quiet soul search even as you are engulfed in the pristine beauty of the Chhattisgarh.
1. GIRODPURI (birth place of Sant Guru Ghasidas)
Girodpuri is the birth place of Guru Ghasidas revered as Saint all across India.
Sant (Hindi for saint) Ghasidas was the founder of satnami samaj as a tangent of the sanatan panth rebelling the prevailing injustices of caste system. The name Satnam means “true name” signifying a monotheistic leaning. His son Balkadas was butchered by Sawarn Rajputs, for carrying his legacy of Satnam. Despite the ideological differences from the mainstream Hinduism, the satnamis amidst years of persecution and discrimination have flourished and carried forward the message of peace, intolerance and satnam for a dreary generation.
Walk the dusty lanes where the guru strolled, thru paddy fields, spreading his message of tolerance, indifference and universal peace. Relive the joy of being free from the clutches of organized spirituality.
2. CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY ROSARY, KUNKURI
Also known as MAHA GIRJA, the cathedral at Kunkuri is the largest in Chhattisgarh. It is also the second largest Catholic Church in terms of attendance in Asia, accommodating about 10,000 worshippers. It was founded in 1962 in the period of Late Rev. Bishop Stanislas Tigga and was inaugurated on 27th October 1979.
The most fascinating fact about the cathedral is that it was built and is run by tribal of the region, with tribal clergy and clergymen.
Do join in for a “mass” of grace and worship.
3. BABA SYED INSAN ALI SHAH’S DARGAH (LUTHRA SHARIF)
Luthra sharif is famous for Baba Syed Insan Ali Shah’s dargah. About 32 km away from Bilaspur city, this dargah is a major pilgrim place for seekers and folks with wishes unfulfilled.
Bring in your baggage of mirth and leave with charms of grace and echoes of the fakirs pleading for salvation.
Chhattisgarh have been a haven of the Buddhist soul for centuries. Buddhist monasteries are scattered throughout the state.
Pragyagiri mountains offers a quiet zest for your destitute soul as you unwind your spiritual journey through a plethora of spiritual places in the Dongargarh region, of which Pragyagiri is a part of.
The large shrine of Buddha is not only majestic on the top of the mountain in Pragyagiri but also offers a glimpse of its cultural past in the rock inscriptions scattered throughout the region.
Rajim, also known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh is a place you would want to get lost. About 45 minutes’ drive from Raipur, Rajim welcomes you with the clanging bells and beautiful carving entrance of the Rajiv Lochan temple. The annual Rajim Kumbh is one of the most visited Hindu religious fair in India. You have to come to Rajim and explore what these words cannot.