Welcome to a standout amongst the most religiously-celebrated, structurally magnificent and socially rich sanctuary of south-east India: Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir, Ratanpur. From numerous decades since, the sanctuary and the town of Ratanpur have pulled in the consideration of scores of students of history and archeologists.dome Surrounded by lavish green slopes and lodging more than 150 lakes, the town is rushed – twice per year – by a huge number of aficionados consistently, who visit here in Navrataras to get darshan of the stunning double statue of their dearest goddess: Mahamaya Devi. Arranged at 25 km far from the city of Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) on the Bilaspur-Ambikapur state interstate, the Mandir and the relics of scores of ancilliary sanctuaries, vaults, royal residences and strongholds – now rundown when and normal strengths – appear to recount a story. Once the capital of the Kalchuri lords, Ratanpur – then, Ratnapur – has very nearly a millenium of history.
Based on the Nagar school of design, the sanctuary is encompassed by a 18 inch thick limit divider. Upheld by sixteen stone segments, the sanctuary is accepted to be worked around twelfth century AD. Large portions of the statues and themes utilized as a part of the sanctuary have been taken from rundown or broken sanctuaries of before hundreds of years, some of them were Jain sanctuaries. The primary grounds of sanctuary has the littler statues of Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Surya Dev, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman, Bhairav and Lord Shiva. It is trusted that the main puja and abhihek of Devi was performed at matathis put by Kalinga ruler Ratna Dev in 1050 AD, when he moved his capital from tuman to Ratnapur. Due to its key land status, King Ratna Dev and his beneficiaries made Ratnapur their capital and developed royal residences, fortification and sanctuaries, the leftovers of which can be seen still today.
Double statue of Maa Mahamaya Inside the principle sanctuary grounds, confronting the well known Kanthi Dewal sanctuary and the Temple primary lake is the astonishing double statues of Mahamaya: the front one is known as the Mahishasur Mardini and the rear statue is accepted to be that of Goddess Saraswati. In any case, by an easygoing viewer the back statue can frequently be neglected. In the Navratras, enthusiasts originate from all sides of the nation and the world to get a look at the observed Devi and pay their customs. Encompassing the principle sanctuary are numerous huge lobbies where Jyoti Kalashas are lit by the Trust in the interest of the lovers. The Kalashas are kept “alive” for the entire nine days of Navratras. This is the reason they are additionally called Akhand Manookaamna Navratra Jyoti Kalashas. It is trusted that Devi satisfies every one of your desires in the event that you take after appropriate fasting, puja and archana of Devi furthermore add to the Akhand Jyoti Kalashas.
Around the principle sanctuary, there are numerous different sanctuaries – of similarly rich recorded and archeological esteem. The most vital of these are Mahamrityunjaya Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir and Kanthi Dewal. Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir is a magnificient design made of red stone and is accepted to be the starting point of the Mahamaya statue.kanti It is likewise trusted that on the off chance that you make a desire before it, in the wake of performing legitimate puja and hang a shriphal (coconut) wrapped in red fabric on the tree before it, your desire is allowed by Him.