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Dudhadhari math in Chhattisgarh



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Like many temples in India, this too has a legend attached to it. The Dudhadhari Math of Raipur was so named because of the following story.

The founder of this math (temple) was Shri Balbhadra Das Mahantji. Mahantji was a great devotee of Lord Hanumanji. He started worshipping a piece of stone as if that was the Lord Hanuman himself. Everyday a cow called "Surhi" would come and bathe the stone with milk that the Mahantji drank and so stopped eating any other food. Hence, with the passage of time, Mahantji's food was "Dudh-Ahari" meaning food consisting of milk and hence the name of the math followed.

Balaji Temple
In days of yore, when Raipur came under the Nagpur region, it used to be ruled by the Bhosles. Shri Raghu Raoji Bhosle who was the then king built the "Balaji Temple" in 1610 AD. Beautifully painted pictures of Lord Ram's life adorn the walls of this temple. Some Shaligrams are placed near the statue of Shri Balaji. These Shaligrams are a symbol of Shri Vishnuji.

Sankatmochan Hanuman Temple
This temple is unique in that the temple doorway and stairway do not face in the same direction as is the case with most temples. The stairs face towards north & the door towards the south. This is so because Lord Hanumanji was a great worshipper of Lord Balaji and so after the establishment of the Balaji temple the face of Lord Hanumanji's statue was kept turned towards north & the body on south side.

Rampanchayatan
Shri Jagannath Sav laid the foundation of Rampanchayatan almost after about 20 years after the establishment of the Balaji temple. The outer side of Rampanchyatan is beautifully carved with pictures taken from the two Hindu epics of the Ramayan & Mahabharat. Rampanchayatan is so called because in the temple there are statues of Shri Ramji, Bharatji, Lakshmanji, Shatruganji and Sitaji. Since the complexion of Lord Ram and his brother Lord Bharat is dark the statues are black. Before, there was a wooden statue of Lord Ram but after renovation in the year 1922 a marble statue of Lord Ram was made and later a small temple dedicated to Goddess Sita was also built.

Vir Hanuman
This temple is built just in front of the Rampanchayatan temple. A huge statue of Shri Hanumanji is found in this temple with the demon Ravan under Hanumanj's feet.

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The summers months of April to June are very hot, May being the hottest and temperatures soars to 40 degree C. June and August are the monsoon months which makes driving around even tougher.

It is best to visit Chhattisgarh during the interesting Bhoramdeo Mahotsav in March.
Ideal time to Visit - October - March.

Capital - Raipur
Chhattisgarh - Full of Surprises
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