Welcome to one of
the most religiously-celebrated, architecturally superb and culturally
rich temple of south-east India: Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir, Ratanpur.
From many decades since, the temple and the town of Ratanpur have
attracted the attention of scores of historians and archeologists.
Surrounded by lush green hills and housing more than 150 ponds,
the town is flocked - twice a year - by hundreds of thousands
of devotees every year, who visit here in Navrataras to get darshan
of the awe-inspiring dual-statue of their beloved goddess: Mahamaya
Devi. Situated at 25 km away from the city of Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh)
on the Bilaspur-Ambikapur state highway, the Mandir and the relics
of scores of ancilliary temples, domes, palaces and forts - now
rundown by the time and natural forces - seem to tell a story.
Once the capital of the Kalchuri kings, Ratanpur - then, Ratnapur
- has almost a millenium of history.