Gariaband District of Chhattisgarh at a Glance

About Gariaband District :

The district came into existence from January 1, 2012. The district covers an area of 822.861 square kilometers. The total population is around 5,97,653 according to 2011 census. The district is divided into one subdivision, 5 tehsils and 711 villages. The district headquarters, Rjim is located in the south east of Raipur and the distance is around 90 km. The places of tourist interest in the districts are Rajim, Jtmi, Gtarani waterfall, Bhuteswaranath , Udnti-Sitandi Tiger Reserve Gariaband, and Sikasar reservoir Gariaband.

District at a Glance :

Formation of district1st January, 2012
Population597653 (According to census 2011)
Sex Ratio (Gariaband district)1020
Number of Villages711
Literacy68.26%
Borders/NeighborNorth – Raipur, Mahasamund, South – Orisa, East – Orisa, West – Dhamtari
Related DivisionRaipur
District HeadquarterGariaband
Tehsils05 – Bindranawagarh (Gariaband), Rajim, Chhura, Mainpur, Deobhog
Formation of TehsilsBindranawagarh – , Rajim – 15/07/1986, Chhura – 18/11/2009, Mainpur – 26/01/2008, Deobhog – 18/08/1988
Number of Blocks05 (Gariaband, Fingeshwar, Chhura, Mainpur, Deobhog)
Urban bodies04 (Municipality – Gariaband, Nagar Panchayat – Rajim, Fingeshwar, Chhura)
Number of Gram Panchayat332
Assembly Seats02 (Constituency number-54 Rajim, Constituency number-55 Bindranawagarh)
Lok Sabha Seats01 (Lok Sabha Constituency number-09 Mahasamund)
Most Populated TehsilRajim
Most Populated BlockFingeshwar
Most Female Populated TehsilFingeshwar
Least Female Populated TehsilDeobhog
Most Urban Population TehsilRajim
Tehsil most literate populationRajim
Most Male-Female Sex Ratio TehsilGariaband, 1032
Least Male-Female Sex Ratio TehsilRajim, 1005
Lowest urban population tehsilChhura
Most female literacy rate tehsilRajim
Lowest female literacy rate tehsilDeobhog
Most male literacy rate tehsilRajim
Lowest male literacy rate tehsilDeobhog
Forest area2935.801 Sq.Km.
Forest Gariaband1951.861 Sq.Km., Area of “Udanti Sita Nadi Tiger Reserve” in district – 953.94 Sq.Km.
Percentage of forest in district50.41%
Teak Forest(Sagon Van)0.37%
Saal Forest(Saal Van)22.66%
Mixed forest54.51%
Other forest22.46%

Tourist Places :

Limitless possibilities of tourism in the Gaiaband district. Various natural and delightful places as well as archaeological religious and historic sites are also a center of attraction. Famous religious city Rajim is renowned by the name of “Triveni Sangam”, “Kuleshwar” and “Rajiv Lochan Temple”. Nestled in the lap of nature “Jatmayi Mata Temple” and “Ghatarani” in terms of tourismis is the main center of the district. “Bhuteshwarnath”, “Ramaipot”, “Kachna Dhruwa” and small natural spring exists in the district.

Key Locations – Jatmayi, Ghatarani, Bhathigarh, Bhooteshwarnath, Kandadongar, Tengnahi Dongar, Ramaipot, Sohlipot, Garjayi Mata, Rajiv Lochan Temple, Kuleshwarnath, Kachana Dhurwa.

Rajim Temple.

Rajim Temple – Located in right bank of the Mahanadi river on the north-east of Gariaband, where it joins its tributaries called “Parry” and “Sodhur”. It is connected by road from the district headquarters and regular runs buses on the road. It is 45km far from Raipur district headquarter in the south-east. A small rail line “Raipur-Dhamtari” emanating from the Abhanapur and combines Navapara located on the other side of Rajim. Due to high bridge on the river near Rajim, road contacts has been established for twelve-months.

Jatmayi Temple.

Jatmayi Temple – Located in Gariaband, 85 km from Raipur. “Jatmayi Temple” is dedicated to the “Mata Jatmayi” located between the beautiful sights of a small forest. Temple is beautifully carved out of granite with a huge tower and many small peak/ towers. On top of the main entrance, can see one murals depicting mythological characters.

Ghatarani Temple.

Ghatarani Temple – It is a big waterfall located 25km from Jatmai Temple. In Gatarani Temple Navratri festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion. Here we sees a decoration especially on festive occasions like Navratri. After the monsoon it is the best time for visit. Beautiful waterfall flows near the temple, which makes this place more attractive The waterfall in full flow to make the destination as a favorite picnic spot for the whole family.Waterfall is the best place to take a dip before entering the temple. The more adventurous can take a hike in the woods. Easily vehicles are available from Raipur to Ghatarani Temple.

Bhooteshwarnath.

Bhooteshwarnath – Marauda village situated at nestled among thick forests 3km away from Gariaband. The world’s largest Shivalinga given by the nature sparkling in the region surrounded by picturesque forests and hills. The news comes where the size of Mahakal and other Shivlings decreses while there’s a Shivling whose size does not shrink but increases every year. This Shivling is produced naturally.Every year on Mahashivratri and Monday of Sawan people (Kawariya) arrives here. This Shivling located in Gariaband district of Chhattisgarh is called here “Bhooteshwarnath”, which also called “Bhakurra”. In Chhattisgarh like “Dwadas Jyotirling” it is recognised as “Ardhnarishwar Shivling”.

The most surprising fact is that the size of the Shivling is continuously increasing every year. Probably because the number of devotees who come here is rising every year.

Sikaser Dam.

Sikaser Dam – Sikaser Dam is located at the distance of 50km from the district headquarter. It is accessible in all seasons. Sikaser Dam was built in year 1977. The length of Sikaser Dam is 1540 meter and maximum height is 9.32 meter. In the Sikaser dam capacity of the 2X35 MW Water Hydropower Plant is installed which is producing electricity as well as irrigation.

Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve.

Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve – The notification of Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve The notification of Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve of Chhattisgarh Government Raipur came into existance letter No./F-8-43/2007/10-2 dated 20/02/2009. Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve efforts for pure breed buffaloes.Presently there is a female buffalo, a female child and 9 male buffaloes. To increase their number the rescue center has been created in approximately 25.00 hectares. Where breeding females buffalo to increase its numbers but now there are more male buffaloes and there is urgent need of female buffalo to save their dynasty.

Therefore a clone female buffalo is being prepared at Karnal, institute in Haryana. Which will be brought as soon as in Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve to increase female buffaloes dynasty.

Seoni District of Madhya Pradesh at a Glance

About Seoni District :

Seoni district forms part of the Satpura tableland, containing the headwaters of the Wainganga. It is largely covered with forest. The district is remarkable for the beauty of its scenery and the fertility of its valleys.

The northern and western portions include the plateaus of Lakhnadon and Seoni; the eastern section consists of the watershed and elevated basin of the Wainganga; and in the south-west is a narrow strip of rocky land known as Dongartal. The plateaus of Seoni and Lakhnadon vary in height from 1,800 to 2,000 ft.; they are well cultivated and clear of jungle, and their temperature is always moderate and healthy.

Geologically the north part of Seoni consists of trap hills and the south of crystalline rock. The soil of the plateaus is the rich black cotton soil formed by disintegrated trap, of which about two-thirds of the district are said to consist; but towards the south, where cliffs of gneiss and other primitive formations occur, the soil is siliceous and contains a large proportion of clay.

The chief river is the Wainganga, with its affluents the Sagar, Theli, Bijna and Thanwar; other streams are the Timar and the Sher, tributaries of the Nerbudda. The annual rainfall averages 53 in. The principal crops are wheat, millets, rice, pulse, oil-seeds and cotton.

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Tourist Places :

Amodagarh :

This place is situated on Seoni-Mandla State Highway at Amodagarh where remains of SonaRani’s Palace still can be seen. This place is 32 K.M. from Seoni and 10 K.M. from chhui. There are some beautiful place   in the forest. It is believed that this place was the work Place of Jungle Book’s little hero Mougli
Bhimgarh Sanjay Sarovar Dam :
Bhimgarh Sanjay Sarovar Dam has been built on WainGanga river at Chhapara,Seoni which is the largest dam of soil in asia . Irrigation facility has been extended due to this dam. This place is being developed as tourist place & boating facility is also available here. Recently electricity production has been started from this dam
Pench Tiger Reserve :

The Pench Tiger Reserve is named after the Pench river, which flows from north to south through     the Reserve. The Reserve is located in the southern reaches of the Satpura hill ranges in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts in the Madhya Pradesh state of India. The terrain is undulating, with most of the area covered by small hill ranges, steeply sloping on the sides.

 The Reserve is situated in an area that holds a significant place in the natural history of Central India. The description of its natural beauty, richness in flora and fauna has appeared in numerous wildlife books dating back to 17th century. Books written in the 19th and early 20th century by famous naturalists like Captain J. Forsyth and Rudyard Kipling‘s Jungle Book explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature’s abundance in this tract.

 An extensive forest belt extends in three directions, north, east and south, covering forest tracts of Seoni, Balaghat and Nagpur districts. The contiguous forest on the southern side in the Maharashtra state of India, initially notified as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Park has been recently included in the Project Tiger network by the same name as this Reserve. A dam was constructed on the Pench river on south-eastern boundary of the Reserve.

 The area is criss-crossed by numerous seasonal streams and nalas. The Pench river flowing through the central line of the Reserve is dry by the April-end but a number of water pools locally known as dohs are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist in this area. However, the water sources are not suitably distributed, hence large area remains unutilized by the wild animals. The Pench reservoir at the center of the Reserve is the only major water source during pinch period.

 As the prey concentration is high along the Pench river, tigers usually inhabit this belt. Leopards, though, generally operate in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in deep forests also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, Small Indian Civets and Palm Civets are common but seen very rarely.

 Wild dogs are commonly seen in packs of 12 to 15, near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Wild Boar is ubiquitous. Sloth bear occupy hilly, rocky out crops and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small number and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia, Dudhgaon villages. Jackals are seen occasionally in near Tekadi, Alikatta and Chhindimatta villages