Surang Tila

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Parminder_Sahni
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India91 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Friends
Their was a new temple on hillock & beneath was Surang Tila . The entire villages gathered & scared Mr. Sharma The archaeologist that you die if you broke the Temple which is on top he said bravely I am 70+ have lived my life and will get it done.

So his efforts have given us this remarkable place.

The stairs gives a hint for an earthquake....

This had 5 shiv lings which are now are at places where god idols were as locals have taken the idols from here.

All the houses are said to build my ancient bricks which these villagers knowingly oR unknowingly used to built their houses & thus lots of connection got missing of this ancient city
Written July 27, 2014
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Niranjan D
New Delhi, Delhi, India1,368 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Couples
I got the opportunities to see the ancient architectural marvel of Terracotta Army of Xian, China and Palmyra in Syria which were excavated to be viewed by the people of modern world. After visiting Sirpur, I was amazed to find another ancient architectural wonder in India.
SIRPUR - this ancient small town was buried under the mud for centuries due to earthquake. The excavation started not too long ago and the small pieces of the town has started appearing slowly which opened the boxes of surprises - the architectural marvel which include Surang Tila, Buddha Viharas, statues of Buddha, Mahavir and various temples. And most importantly the ruins of an international market at the bank of the river where trading was done. It is said that only 10% excavation of the town has been done so far and there lies more surprises buried under it. The small Laxman Temple made of red bricks is also one of the best temples of site which is located on a 7 feet platform within a well maintained lush green complex and is worth visiting. There is also a small museum near the temple. The site will interest only those who loves history and ancient architecture. You are expected to walk a lot under the sun; so, carry umbrella, water bottle and keep a full day in hand to cover all the places. Since all the sites are far to each other, you need a car for your visit.
Location: At the bank of Mahanadi - 80-85 kms from Raipur, Chattisgarh on NH6 on way to Sambalpur.
Population of the town: 1500-1600 persons
Best time to visit : October to February
Place to stay : Chattisgarh Tourism's Huin Xang Resort at the entrance of the town.
Rs. 1700/- per night. Gives discount to senior citizen.
Places to eat : 1-2 small local dhaba + Huin Xang Resort
Must : Hire a guide from Tourist Information Centre (at the entrance of the town)
Public transport : There is direct limited public transport services from Raipur to the town; or you have to change the bus at Kumhari Village Modh on NH6 (about 68 kms from Raipur) and take another bus to the town (18 kms from there - to the left side of NH6)
Written January 19, 2016
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Mitamanick
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Nov 2014 • Family
If you have a day to spare ,& you are up for some old temples & Buddha vihar head for sirpur . Good time to visit are the winter months ,it can get very hot & the sun unbearable . Carry water ,umbrella & a good sunscreen . Around 100 Kms from Raipur ,roads are good & some parts are under construction but most part a good drive.
First stop should be the tourism office with a map it gets easier ,road directions are inadequate ,guide facilities are uncertain . First stop was the balesvara mahadev temple .beautiful carved stone figurines .surangtila ,pyramid style up a flight of stairs ,wonderful carved pillars ,many shiva temples & something totally different . The famous Lakshman temple ,dedicated to lord Vishnu ,unique in the sense made totally of brick .
Written February 15, 2015
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shlndrkmr
Pune, India90 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Solo
About 85 kms from Raipur , SIRPUR on the banks of river Mahanadi (great river)has one of the oldest group of temples and buddha viharas with more being excavated. Lakshman temple is one of the oldest standing brick made structure dating back 1300 years in a fairly good state of preservation.Besides there are many buddha viharas with exquisite sculptures and a unique temple different in form and architecture called Surang Tila. Drive is good. Lakshman temple with its intricately carved 'shikhar' and a beautifully adorned massive stone door are worth a visit and a click.A museum is close by.Of many, two buddhist viharas are well preserved. Surang Tila is another temple which is different from the rest .
Direction boards are inadequate and locals are not good at giving directions. Mahanadi (the great river) is close by and one may visit the river bank and see its expanse and walk on river bed. The river bed is strewn with garbage left by picnickers.Returning Watch out for herds of cattle blocking the whole road leaving no space for cars etc.Driving through them is tricky and time consuming and could be damaging to the cars exterior.
Carry your water, sun protection gear,bino,camera and "light snacks". Guide services are not good, however the tourism deptt booklet , if you can manage one; produced by "good earth " are excellent , though mostly not available at all the three outlets of the tourist deptt in raipur.
Just to add, all the booklets of chhattisgarh tourism (bhoramdeo,bastar,etc) produced by good earth are excellent and both pocket friendly in cost and size.
I also advise buying an Eicher road map of chhattisgarh for rs 75/- if driving around in own car.
Written July 6, 2013
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desai66
New Delhi, India170 contributions
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Dec 2015 • Family
Sirpur is a historical town in Mahasamund district in the state of Chhattisgarh 78 km away from Raipur and 35 km from Mahasamund city[2] on the banks of the river Mahanadi.[3] The town of Sirpur (aka Shirpur) has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, dating back to the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D. The city was once the capital of the Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin (south) Kosala state. It was an important centre of Buddhist from the 6th the 10th century A.D. and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the 7th Century Chinese Pilgrimist and Scholar. The beauty of this magical place has beckoned the presence of His Holiness Dalai Lama too in March 2013.

It is believed that a devastating earthquake buried the ancient town under mud and debris in the 12th century.[4]

The 7th century Laxman Temple (dedicated to lord Vishnu) is considered as one of the finest brick temples of India with a stone doorframe.[5] First discovered in 1872 by Lord Cunningham, [3] the temple is famous for its interesting carvings. Recent excavations have uncovered 12 Buddh Viharas, 1 Jain Vihara, monolithic statues of Buddha and Mahavira, 22 Shiv temples and 5 Vishnu temples, an Ayurveda treatment centre, underground granary market and a sixth century ‘Ayurvedic snaan kund
Written January 19, 2016
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Bhaskar Chakraborty
Kolkata (Calcutta), India138 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Family
Sirpur become my stop over from Barnawapara to Bhoramdeo. I halted for 4 hours. It is a historic and acient place to visit.
Written January 11, 2015
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devinder s
Mumbai, India416 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Business
The palce is appx 100 km from Raipr nearest airport. The road to th site is good and well maitained. with large trees along the path way. with vast jungles. before the actual site. It is worth while to travel in open vehicle and enjoy the drive.
The actual site is good and captivating. one needs to have the tour guide to expalin all the minute details of each place.
A number of temple are there but not very well maintained and kept. some of them are facing the Mahanadi and give feeling of enormity of the river and the nature.
Hardly any good place to eat.
The archeology staff has done a great job to keep the site in shape.
Written January 29, 2014
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Anjan Sengupta
Raipur, India1,733 contributions
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Nov 2012 • Couples
Among all the attractions discovered at this uncommercialised site called 'Sirpur' the 'Surang Tila' stands unique for its amzing structure. It is a huge triple pyramidal structure made of white stones with a platform of about 30-35 feet height.The staircase to the platform has a unique design which may have been caused due to some earcthquake in the past.There are around 8 small temples once you reach on the top of the platform and most of them are devoted to Lord Shiva. There are sculptures on all the pillars most of which are half broken now. This structure must have been a significant religious institution of this place in its prime time.
Sirpur is a must visit place if you are in Raipur and have half a day to spare. And if you are in Sirpur then Surang Tila is one of the things not to be missed.
Written May 15, 2013
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Srikanth V
Mumbai, India189 contributions
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Nov 2016 • Family
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Surang Tila Temple is situated on the banks of the River Mahanadi in the historical town of Sirpur and excavated by the archaeological department only recently.

It's quite an amazing architecture considering it was built more than 13 centuries ago and withstood an earthquake as well. Will be liked by people who are fond of ancient architecture and history.

There are hardly any restaurants near by and it would be best to carry enough food and water with you when u visit this place to be on safer side. There are many more historical places around and a wild life sanctuary near by.
Written June 21, 2017
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489aamitb
Pithora, India23 contributions
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Jan 2017
Saurabh Tila is place where you can feel about ancient things. Have a guide to know all ancient information , main drawback about surang tila place is that all guides done have proper n accurate knowledge about sirpur and its history. If u wanna enjoy the place than before going have some sort of research. I think govt should work more on this.
Written January 5, 2017
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