Champai Mata Mandir is at Ghanghor hill at Mohandi village, about 11 kilometers from Mahasamund.

There is a good road route to reach the hill.

This amazing temple is present in a cave amidst beautiful valleys, where devotees coming from far away places to have darshan of Mata, can be developed as a tourist destination.

Champhai can develop as a hill tourist destination.

If the government and administration pay attention to this.

There is a plain area of 10 to 15 acres behind the Mata Champai cave on the hill above.

Where gardens, rest houses, lighting rooms, etc. can be built.

Despite being close to the district headquarters, there is a lack of facilities here.

The temple for the goddess present here has not yet been constructed.

 

 

History of Champai mata mandir

According to the travelogue of 7th-century Chinese tourist Whenat Sangha, “Champapur” was one of the 36 dead forts of Chhattisgarh.

According to historical information, Kalachuri descendant King Bhimsen II’s capital was Champapur.

The city goddess of Champapur was “Champeshwari-Devi”.

Champeshwari Devi is still present in a cave at a place called Mahadev-Pathar of Brahmagiri mountain.

At the time of Sharadiya-Navratri and Chaitra Navratri, the ritual of lighting Jyoti-Kalash has been celebrated here in the traditional way since years ago with the help of villagers.

But due to government neglect this historical place is on the verge of extinction.

According to historical facts and guidelines, the mountain named Brahmagiri, the mountain Mahadev-Pathar is probably proved to be of the Buddhist period.

This mountain originates from Gaurkheda village and ends near Kodar Nala near Lohargaon village.

There are 3 grand plateaus and 5 terrifying caves on this mountain from west to east.

Of these caves, the present “Rani Khol” cave and Champeshwari-Mata cave seem to be connected by the tunnel route.

And it seems that both these caves are the entry and exit doors of the underground Sangharam Bhavan.

The cave where the Mother resides

History of Mohandigarh (Chhattisgarh)

According to historical information, King Bhimsen II of Champapur was attacked and defeated by the second king Jairaj.

Roopmati, the wife of Bharatbal, the brother of the defeated King Bhimsen II, who was the princess of the immediate Kaushal King, was taken to a safe place in Nagarjuna-Sangharam through an underground tunnel for security reasons.

Had taken it away and kept it.

After the end of the war, the defeated king Bhimsen II and Bharatbal searched for Queen Lokprabha in this forest, but the whereabouts of the queen could not be found.

The search continued, but where did the queen disappear, how did she disappear, did she fall prey to wild animals??

No one came to know anything. The desperate king Bhimsen and Bharatbal reached the shelter of Haribrahadeva, the immediate king of Khallvatika [Khallari], for safety.

Bharatbal, saddened by the separation from his wife, committed suicide.

After some time, Bhimsen also died.

It is recorded in the pages of history but an archaeological exploration of this place has not been done to date.

Temple entrance of Champai mata mandir

Due to the attack, the glory of “Champapur” was destroyed.

The remaining villagers were divided into 2-3 parts and migrated.

Some people left that place and settled in the present Baler village and some people settled in the eastern foothills of the mountain.

After settlement, this place came to be known as “Champai” village.

The remaining people migrated here and there to earn their living – thus ancient Champapur became deserted.

Path to the cave

 

The gate of Maa Champai, situated in the picturesque valleys, is the center of faith of countless devotees.

Here the Mother Goddess is seated in a cave-like place.

This amazing temple is present in a cave amidst beautiful valleys, where devotees come from far and wide to have the darshan of Mata.

The gate of Maa Champai, built in the picturesque valleys near the city, is the center of faith for countless devotees.

Here the Mother Goddess is seated in a cave-like place.

So, For the last 25 years, the lamp has been lit in Sharadiya and Chaitra Navratri.

This year 134 lights have been lit.

Earlier, people here used to come here only during the Akti festival to light lamps.

The statue of Lord Dwarpal is installed on the hill behind Mata Sthapana, which protects the temple from external calamities.

Religious rituals take place every year on Navratri in the Champai Mata Sthapana premises.

Yagya Purnahuti and a huge Bhandara are organized with devotion to the Mother Goddess for nine days.

Ranikhol and Champai caves are connected by a tunnel route

Champai is also one of the 36 forts of Chhattisgarh.

From Gaurkheda to Lohargaon there are 3 grand plateaus and 5 terrifying caves.

Of these caves, the present Ranikhol Cave and Champai Mata Cave are connected by a tunnel.

According to historical belief, the capital of King Bhimsen II of the Kalachuri dynasty was known as Champapur.

The city goddess of Champapur was Champa Devi.

Champa Devi is still in a cave in Brahmagiri mountain i.e. Mahadev Plateau.

 

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