Swami Vivekananda Sarovar, Chhattisgarh
A 37-foot-tall statue of Swami Vivekananda is in the garden in the center of the historic Budha Talab (now Swami Vivekananda Sarovar).
Being the oldest lake in Raipur, Vivekananda Sarovar is also known as Buddha Talab.
Legends say that Budha Dev was a revered deity of the tribals and this pond is dedicated to him.
The pond was renamed Vivekananda Sarovar for a modern name.
A divine paradise has been built for the tourists in the center of the lake, it is called Nilabh Garden.
Butterflies flutter, fountains release colorful lights and flowers fill the air with sweet scents in this island garden.
A 37 ft high statue of Swami Vivekananda has been constructed in the middle of the lake.
This statue has been added to the Limca Book of Records for being the ‘Largest Statue Model’.
At night Vivekananda Sarovar presents a wonderful glowing wonderland.
name is recorded in the Limca Book for being the largest specimen of idols.
Swami Vivekananda used to take a bath with his friends in this pond as a child.
Most of Swamiji’s childhood was spent in Raipur.
Due to this, his statue was established here.
It was unveiled by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in April 2005.
Now this place is developing as a tourist spot.
A boat club is also being built here.
Swami Vivekananda Sarovar-Tourist places in Raipur
Tourists and youth of the city spend hours in this garden.
People are seen sitting on the chairs made on the way to the garden and enjoying the natural beauty.
This place is becoming famous as a special tourist spot in the city.
The serene park is surrounded by numerous trees, particularly palm trees, making it a peaceful destination to visit.
Outside the park, there are various food stalls that offer affordable and high-quality street food.
Additionally, the lake is a favored spot for picnics and jogging. The most ideal time to visit the lake is during the evening, just before sunset.
Also, be able to enjoy boating here.
Narendra came to Raipur at the age of 14
Swami Vivekananda came here in 1877 with his father Vishwanath. Swamiji’s father, who was a lawyer by profession, had come to Raipur to practice law and was staying at his friend Rai Bahadur Dey’s place.
Then Swami Vivekananda was 14 years old.
He was studying in the third grade (equivalent to today’s grade 8) at the Metropolitan School.
Later Swamiji’s father thought of calling all his family members to Raipur. Then Swami Vivekananda brought his younger brother Mahendra Dutta, sister Jogendrabala, and mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi to Raipur.
According to popular belief from the legends, Swami Vivekanand was believed to have visited the lake for a bath every morning during his 2- year stay in Raipur.
He is believed to have rested beside the pool too.
Hence, the lake has been named after the great saintly person.
The lake was mentioned in the news in recent times for the increase in its pollution levels.
Owing it to the people in the neighborhood who use the lake for cleansing purposes thus contaminating it.
However, measures are being taken by the government to restore its purity
Budha Talab or Swami Vivekananda Sarovar is near Dey Bhavan
Budha Talab which is now known as Swami Vivekananda Sarovar is located near Dey Bhawan.
Swami Vivekananda used to live in Dey Bhawan and used to take a dip in this pond.
This tank was excavated 600 years ago by the kings of the Kalchuri dynasty.
According to historians, it was earlier 150 acres, which has now been limited to only about 60 acres.
6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
No entry fee
How to reach Swami Vivekananda Sarovar
The nearest airport is Swami Vivekananda Airport, Naya Raipur.
The nearest railway station is Raipur station.
Bus and auto are always available from Pandri bus stand.