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Danteshwari Temple in Chhattisgarh

Danteshwari Temple Chhattisgarh
Danteshwari Temple Chhattisgarh
The ancient Danteshwari Temple featuring south Indian style of temple architecture was built by the Chalukya Kings in the 14th Century. The temple is located at Dantewada which is about 80 km from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. The town of Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers. The entire temple complex is divided into four parts namely Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. Major attraction at the temple is the idol of Danteshwari Mai which is chiseled out of black stone. Besides this, the Garbha Griha and Maha Mandap constructed with stone pieces along with the beautiful Garuda Pillar in front of the entrance of the temple are worth watching.

Danteshwari Temple is one of the most prominent Hindu Temples in Chhattisgarh. The 600 year-old temple located at the confluence of the sacred Shankini and Dhankini Rrivers is believed to possess divine powers. It is one of the ancient heritage sites of India that represents the religious, social and cultural history of the Bastar region. Every year thousands of tribal’s as well as nearby residents throng this temple during Dusshera for paying homage to the goddess. During this festival the idol of the Goddess is taken out of the ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession. This festival has now transformed into a popular tourist attraction and is known as the 'Bastar Dussehra' festival.