Maa Pitambara Temple, Bagalamukhi Devi Temple, Raipur
Maa Pitambara Temple also known as Bagalamukhi Devi Temple is a famous temple located in Amleshwar (south of Raipur) town, approx 25 km from Durg, Chhattisgarh, dedicated to Mahavidya Goddess Bagalamukhi. Bagalamukhi is one of the ten mahavidyas (great wisdom goddesses) in Hinduism. The temple was established by Param Pujaya Shri Shri Pitambara Pithadhishwar Yogiraj Youdhishthir Ji Maharaj.
According to the legends, when a mighty storm erupted over the earth which threatened to destroy the creatures on the earth, all Gods assembled in Saurashtra to discuss the solution. They prayed to Goddess Bagalamukhi, who appeared from Haridra Lake and she calmed down the destructive storm. Since then, she was worshipped as an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
The internal mandam of the temple has marble flooring and the walls of the temple is crafted with different gods and godesses idol postures. Goddess Bagalamukhi has golden complexion and she is always seen in a yellow dress. The Goddess sits on a golden throne which lies in the midst of an ocean of nectar which is full of yellow lotuses and her head is adorned with a crescent moon.
Timings : Temple is open on all days from morning 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Need to wear modest clothes and avoid shorts for men
The festivals celebrated in Raipur include Hareli, the mark of greenery when farmers worship their instruments and cattle. Dussehra is celebrated in October marking celebrations in the region. The fairs include Champaran Mela in January or February. Teeja and Pola festivals are also celebrated in monsoon season. The artefacts of the tribal people here represent their folklore and attachment with nature like Bamboo articles, metal artefacts, tribal painting and stone carving. The Chhattisgarhi cuisine includes food preparations from rice and rice flour and lentils, making their food rich and nutritious. Mahua is an important ingredient in the tribal food, which is delectable to taste and the sweet of jalebi is a favourite among all the locals.
Amleshwar, Durg (Dist.), Raipur, Chhattisgarh 491111
Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, is the only place in the state that is linked by air to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar by regular flights.
Raipur is one of the two main junctions in the state that are on the routes of express and passenger trains that either directly or indirectly connect the state to other parts of India. The superfast Rajdhani Express connects Raipur to New Delhi, the Bilaspur-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express runs thrice a week and travels from New Delhi to Raipur via Bilaspur. Passenger and mail trains connect most big and small towns within the state to Raipur.
Raipur has excellent connections to places in the neighbouring states of Andhra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Inter-state and national highways connect Raipur to Bhopal, Nagpur, Jhansi, Jabalpur and to cities further afield like Kolkata and Bhubhaneshwar. The important towns of the region, Bhilai (25 km), Durg (41 km), Jagadalpur (297 Km), Rajnandgaon(70 km) and Bilaspur (115 km) are connected with Raipur by road. Interstate State Roadways buses ply between the different cities while chartered bus operators run services on major routes Roadways buses are the lifelines of Chhattisgarh as they connect some of the more inaccessible places in the interiors to the capital, Raipur.
The temple provides prasad to the devotees after 12.00 PM
One can also offer food to the deity in the form of fruits and coconuts. Generally, people offer salted prasadam to the Goddess in this temple.
Navaratri, Guru Purnima, Vasant Panchmi