Tourism ministry has enlisted Dongargarh, a prominent ‘Shakti peeth’ of Chhattisgarh, under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).
Government of India along with Tribal tourism project worth Rs 100 crore and another project of Rs 50 crore, also sanctioned PRASAD scheme for Chhattisgarh, according to official sources.
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, under the PRASAD scheme, has sent the project for Bamleshwari Temple, Dongargarh to the Government of India and it has now been sanctioned.
Chhattisgarh, which is also known for fort of Gods and Goddesses, where since ancient times, ‘Devi-Shakti’, ‘Devi-Aradhana’ and ‘Devi-Pujan’ have been the traditions, the Dongargarh based ‘Maa Bamleshwari Devi’ is one of the most prominent ‘Shakti peeth’ in the state.
The Dongargarh, has two temples, one situated on top of the hill 1000 feet above sea level. It is known as ‘Maa Bamleshwari Devi.’ The other temple is situated at base of the same mountain and is known as ‘Choti Bamleshwari’.
Two times in a year, during ‘Chaitra’ and ‘Shardiya’ Navaratri, massive fair is organised where lakhs of devotees arrive, many on foot, covering hundreds of kilometers, to pay obeisance.
Keeping the importance of religious tourism and to bring it on national platform, so to attract tourists and pilgrims from other states, the project to develop Dongargarh was undertaken, according to officials of CTB.