Kanker is ruled over by Somvanshi kings from the 11th century to the first half of the 14th.
Somvanshi love Sihawa and made their capital.
Karaneshwar Mahadev temple group.
There are 5 ancient temples by Somvanshi king Karandev of Kanker.
This temple group is known as the Karaneshwar Mahadev temple group.
Every place in Chhattisgarh, which is rich in archaeological treasures.
some archaeological material is there and a new chapter of ancient heritage.
140 km from Raipur via Dhamtari is Nagri-Sihawa, where there are famous ashrams of seven sages of the Ramayana period.
Walking ahead of the city, there is a village named Bhitaras, about 10 kilometers away.
There the Mahanadi emerged from the Shringi mountain.
This place is considered to be the origin of Mahanadi.
Chitrotpala Ganga (Mahanadi) is one of the major rivers of India, in Mahabharata’s Bhishma Parva, Chitrotpala river has been praised as Punyadayini and Paap Vinashini – Utpalesham sabhasadya yivachchitra Maheshwari.
Chitrotpaleti Sahitya Sarvpaap Pranashini
Chitrotpala Civilization flourished on the banks of the Ganges, rulers built capitals and prospered.
Here is the Mahendra Giri mountain, where Maharishi Parshuram’s ashram is situated.
There is an ancient temple of Deurpara Karneshwar Mahadev in the middle of Nagari and Sihawa.
Karneshwar Mahadev on Confluence of Baluka and Mahanadi
Deurpara is located 6 km from the city, it is also called Chhipli Para.
This village is situated at the foot of the hill at the confluence of the Mahanadi and Baluka rivers.
At a furlong distance from the river, there is a group of temples, in which some new and ancient temples are visible.
Here is the ancient temple of Karneshwar Mahadev, which this place is also called Karnaprayag.
The door of the Karneshwar Mahadev sanctum sanctorum is ornamented.
On the right-hand side, there is an inscription in the Nagari script.
The historical importance of this temple is visible by looking at the inscription.
The markings are done on flat sandstone.
Nandi is also seated in front of Karneshwar Mahadev and Ganesh ji’s deity is established behind Nandi’s pavilion.
Yadav Samaj, Patel Samaj, Vishwakarma Samaj, Kenvat Samaj, etc. of the village have also built temples at this place.
Karneshwar Temple and Sun Statue
Kabir Chaura was also seen on the temple premises.
Attached to it is the pillar of Satnami society.
There is a kund in the north direction of the temple.
It is not known who made it and when.
It is estimated that the kund would have been formed from the excavation of stones done to build the temple.
there are two idols of Lord Vishnu and one idol of Surya.
Earlier the temple used to be on the banks of the river. But in due course of time, it got destroyed and its ruins are still lying in the river.
Karneshwar temple group and ancient tree of Champa flower
From there these idols were installed near Karneshwar Mahadev Temple.
The idol of Ganesha was installed.
There is Moti Talab on the banks of Mahanadi, there is also a pond in this pond, it is called Amrit Kund or Aushadhi Kund,
taking a bath in this pond cures the biggest disease, such as the belief.
The pool is dry.
Sonai Rupai Kund
where leprosy is cured by taking a bath.
It is said that a king had leprosy.
He had come to this place to hunt, and one day his dogs approached him after bathing in this pool, the dogs shook the water with trembling, and that water fell into the king’s body.
Due to this his leprosy was cured after a few days.
Since then it is believed that whoever takes a bath in this medicinal pool, his diseases will be cured.
There is a mango tree on the bank of the river adjacent to the pool, the land under it has been made suitable for sitting by leaping.
Moti Talab where there are places called Sonai and Rupai.
There is money on one side of the mango tree and gold on the other.
This place was not dug at the time of the deepening of Moti Talab.
It is said that the treasure is buried here and it is a divine place.
Many years ago some tantriks tried to extract the treasure (cauldron) from here but they did not succeed.
After that, no one tried to excavate at this place.
On special festivals, these places are worshiped by offering home incense.
Sihawa where there are mountains named after the seven sages of Ramayana. In front, Shringi Rishi Parvat is across the road and the origin of Mahanadi is across the road. This mountain is known to be named Shringi. Shringi Rishi was married to Ramchandra’s sister Shanta. Therefore, the Shanta cave is also there in this Shringi mountain nearby.
Shringi Rishi is considered to be the chief among the famous seven sages of Ramayana.
Kank Rishi Parvat was named after Kank Rishi.
Sharbhang Parvat is named after Sharbhang Rishi.
Agastya Parvat was named after Agastya Rishi.
Muchkund Rishi was a prominent sage.
He is also named among the seven sages.
Mechka Parvat i.e. Muchkund hill in Sihawa region.
Gautam Parvat is named after Gautam Rishi.
Angira Rishi is also an important place among the seven sages named after him.
There is a mountain in Sihawa named after him, which is called Angira Parvat.
In the Ramayana period, Lord Shri Ram also met Angira Rishi and consulted him.
The ashrams of these seven sages are famous here.
Mahanadi originated from Shringi Rishi mountain.
The river flows from the mountain under the road.
A white flag is placed between two rocks at the place of origin.
Here Mahanadi is seen flowing in the opposite direction from its origin.
After walking from there go to Sirsida village via Deur Para.
The river divides Sirsida and Deur Para and here is the confluence of Baluka and Mahanadi.
Due to being situated in the forest on the banks of the river, this Ramayana place is picturesque and delightful.