Jatayu Shila

Whoever has read Ramayana or Ramcharit Manas or heard the story, will definitely be familiar with the name of Jatayu.

Yes, Jatayu is the same giant bird who sacrificed his life while trying to free Sita from the clutches of Ravana.

It is believed that the place where Jatayu lived.

So, and where he had a fight with Ravana.

It is present in Dandakaranya of the then Kosal state and now the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

This area is surrounded by forest.

a huge rock and many big stones on it are seen mysteriously adjacent to each other or in vertical formations.

Jatayu Shila

No one tells the way here, there is no sign posted here.

One has to move forward while searching in the dense forest.

This is such a place in the forest, where it is scary to go even during the day.

People like to go here in groups only.

There is a huge flat stone on a small hill amidst a dense forest and a picturesque valley.

Many huge stones appear to be placed close to each other on this huge rock.

From the looks of it, it seems that once upon a time, this place might have been used as a cave for big birds like Jatayu to hide.

If this rock is associated with Jatayu, then it is here that he fought with Ravana and it is here that he sacrificed his life.

There is a description in Ramayana that Jatayu sacrificed his life in the lap of Ram and the last rites of devotee Jatayu were performed by Shri Ram and Lakshman.

Location

About two kilometers ahead of Farsgaon, after coming down from Highway 30 on Jagdalpur Road, there is a place on the right side within 600 meters of the forest, which is called Jatayu Shila.

 

Temple of Maa Danteshwari on the other side of the rock

There is also a temple of Maa Danteshwari on the other side of Jatayu Shila in the direction of the ditch.

Local people consider her to be one of the six sisters of Maa Danteshwari, but she is also called Maa Danteshwari.

The specialty of the statue installed here is that Maa is present in the form of Danteshwari.

Special worship is done in this temple on the day of Mahashivratri and a fair is also organized here.

There is also a Shivalinga installed on the main road, for which the temple is under construction.

Local residents also worship this Shivalinga as Bhairav Baba.

The temple here is being constructed with public cooperation.

There is Pazari Para in the village near Jatayu Shila.

The Poyam family living there is authorized to worship Maa Danteshwari at Jatayu Shila.

The same family also worships Shiva temple (Bhairav Baba).

The tribals here have definitely heard about Jatayu Shila, but are not able to give any concrete information.

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