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Ancient Ganesh Temple On Chhattisgarh Blog Cover picture source by Google Image

Chhattisgarh in India is now one of the most trending destinations for all travel lovers. Chhattisgarh is a heavily forested state in central India known for its ancient temples and waterfalls. Dholkal Hill Ganesh Mandir (Temple) is now a trending destination for all travelers. This temple is one of the old ancient temples in India. The 1100-year-old this small, mysterious shrine is located atop a hill in the middle of a dense forest In the Dantewada district, about 350 km from Raipur in Chhattisgarh. The small hill shape resembles a dhol (Indian drum), and hence, it became popularly known as Dholkal. I didn’t know if this temple is man-made or if some mystery had happened. But this temple’s location and its scenic beauty attracted everyone. A great treat for all nature lovers. Chhattisgarh is now one of the most important names in India’s travel books.

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Chhattisgarh The Untouched Melody

Sliced off from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh is one of the newest states of India, but one of the oldest enclaves, thriving with ancient traditions and customs. Weekly Haats (markets), ancient temples, dense and deep jungles, frothing waterfalls, a well-defined spiritual circuit, and intriguing customs are some of the things that awaken travelers to a new but old era.

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The Myth Of The Ancient Temple

As per the mythology, folks believe, a battle occurred between Lord Ganesha and Sage Parashurama on Dholkal hill a long time back. This was a fierce battle in which Parashurama attacked Ganesha with his farsa (ax) and cut one tooth of Ganesha. That’s why Ganesha is known as “Ekdant“. The village nearest to the hill is named Faraspal (the name derived from Parshuram’s weapon). It is also said that, because Parshuram’s farsa fell here, the Bailadila mountain range became rich in iron ore.

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Ancient Ganesh temple
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11th Century’s Open Air GaneshTemple

According to history, In memory of the battle between Parashurama and Ganesha, the kings of Chindak Nagvanshi dynasty set a stone idol of Lord Ganesha on the hilltop in the 11th century. The 2.5 to 3 ft idol has been carved in the shape of a Dholak (musical instrument) hence, the hill has been named Dholkal. The idol depicts Ganesha seated in his typical Lalit asana or playful and easygoing posture. It’s an open-air temple. The local villager worships the idol of Ganesha throughout the year, and a special fair has held at this site in the month of Magha, between January-February.

Ancient Ganesh Temple
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The Journey

The most interesting part about the ancient temple is its journey. Raipur to Jagdalpur is 300 km and Jagdalpur to Dantewada town is another 80 km. Both private cabs and public buses are easily available from Raipur to Jagdalpur and Dantewada. Dantewada town to Faraspal village is 18 km away and Faraspal to Dholkar hill another 5 km trekking in the dense jungle it would help you immensely to hire the service of a local guide to make your way through the dense conifer forests. So let’s celebrate the Ganesh festival.

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Many interesting places in India have only developed from human beliefs and myths. Later people’s faith and respect turned that place into a unique one. Baba Mandir in Sikkim, India is such that kind of unique place. People believe that Baba Harbhajan Singh died while on duty. And his demise does not stop him from doing his duties. Until Harbhajan Singh’s retirement age, the Indian army sent his salary to his family every month. Every year his belongings are sent to his family in Punjab when Army officers are on holiday. His life story motivated us. Indian Government establishes a temple in his honor in Sikkim. This temple is called Baba Mandir.

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Sikkim

Sikkim

If you can’t find peace in any place, head to Sikkim. It’s the place where you will truly believe in the goodness of nature and humanity. The state of Sikkim, nestled in the North-Eastern part of India, isn’t exactly on the tourist radar. But it should be. The state has so much to offer to visitors. You will fall short of words to describe its natural beauty.

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Baba Harbhajan Singh -Hero of the Indian Army

Sikkim Baba Mandir
Baba Harbhajan Singh

The temple of Baba Harbhajan Singh of East Sikkim has been built through various mysteries and stories.
Baba Harbhajan Singh is revered as the “Hero of Nathula” by soldiers of the Indian army. He was born on 30th August 1946 in Punjab, Harbhajan joined the Indian Army at the age of 20. On 4th October 1968, while escorting a mule column from his battalion headquarters at Tukla to Deng Chukla, he slipped and fell into a fast-flowing stream and got drowned. The army searched for his body for three days but didn’t find it. Believed that one of his Sepoy friends was informed in his dream about the exact location of his body with his wish to be cremated there with full military honors. Later a memorial was built at the cremating spot which came to be known as Baba Mandir.

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Beliefs And Myths About Baba Mandir

• The people of Sikkim and Indian Army officers still believe that even after the death of Baba Harbhajan Singh, his soul is still working in the border areas.
• Any army official not maintaining clean and disciplined attire is punished with a slap by Baba himself. This shows how disciplined he was all his life.
• It is also believed that water kept at the Baba Harbhajan shrine becomes capable of curing ailing persons. Devotees, therefore, leave bottles of water in the name of ailing people and then give this blessed water to the sick.
• There is a belief in the army that Baba will warn them of an impending attack at least three days in advance.

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In Honor Of Baba Harbhajan Singh

• Every year on 11 September, a jeep departs with his personal belongings to the nearest railway station, New Jalpaiguri, from where it is then sent by train to the village of Kuka, in the Kapurthala district of Punjab. A small sum of money is contributed by soldiers posted in Nathula to be sent to his mother each month.
• The Army is on high alert when Baba is on leave.
• During flag meetings between the two nations at Nathu La, even the Chinese Army set a chair aside to honor him.

The End Story

Captain Harbhajan Singh retired from the army a few years back. Indian army hadn’t promoted him from Sepoy to captain. One important thing is that his family never received a salary every month from the Indian Army directly. But the soldiers there created a fund in his honor which raises money for his family. In 2005, he was scheduled to retire.

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