Bambleshwari Temple

Dongargarh, Chhattisgarh

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The Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple is one of the most famous high hilltop temples of India,situated on a 1,600 feet in Dongargarh. Bambleshwari Temple hill also has another tourists attraction as rope-way travel system, the only rope-way that has been set up in Chhattisgarh state.

Bambleshwari Temple is at Dongargarh in Rajnandgaon district, Chhattisgarh, India. It is on a hilltop of 1600 feet. This temple is referred as Badi Bambleshwari. Another temple at ground level, the Chhotti Bambleshwari is situated about 1/2 km from the main temple complex. These temples are revered by lakhs of people of Chhattisgarh who flock around the shrine during the Navratris of Kavar (during Dashera) and Chaitra (during Ram Navami). There is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalash during Navaratris here.

Dongar means mountains while Garh means fort. Legend goes that around 2200 years ago, Raja Veersen, a local king, was childless and upon the suggestions of his royal priests performed puja to the gods. Within a year, the queen gave birth to a son whom they named Madansen. Raja Veersen considered this a blessing of Lord Shiva and Parvati and constructed a temple here.In the temple of Dongargarh, king Vikramaditya went for sucide but devi Bamleshwari came and stopped him to do this act. For reaching the top, there are total 1000 steps that lead to the temple.

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