Arvind Mishra, Balodabazar. There is immense joy among the people of the district on the occasion of Ramlala Pran Pratistha to be held on January 22 in Ayodhya and there is an atmosphere of Ram devotion. All the temples of the district are being cleaned and decorated. In this sequence, under the leadership of Collector Chandan Kumar, a cleaning campaign was conducted today in the ancient and historical Shri Siddheshwar Temple complex located in Palari. During this, district and development block level officers and employees held brooms in their hands and cleaned the entire temple complex. After cleaning the temple premises, Collector Chandan Kumar administered the oath to the officers and employees present to adopt cleanliness and inspire others for cleanliness. During this time the Collector also visited Shri Siddheshwar Nath and worshiped him.
Let us tell you that Siddheshwar Temple is situated on the embankment of Balasamund Pond in Nagar Panchayat Palari. This temple was built around 7-8th century AD. This temple built of red brick faces west. River goddesses Ganga and Yamuna are depicted in Tribhangamudra on the door branch of the temple. There is an inscription of Trinity on the head of the door of this temple. The scene of Shiva's marriage has been beautifully carved on the platform at the entrance. Along with this, there is also a marking of eight Dikpalas on the door branch. A Shivalinga named Siddheshwar is installed in the sanctum sanctorum. The peak part of this temple is decorated with the figures of Kirtimukh, Gajmukh and Vyala which are built inside the Chautya Gavaksha. This is an excellent example of the existing brick built temples of Chhattisgarh.
According to information, this monument is protected by the Chhattisgarh state government. One of the protected monuments of Chhattisgarh state, this temple is made of red brick. A fair is organized near the temple on the day of Kartik Purnima. People go to take bath at 4 am that day. On the festival of Mahashivratri, the temple is decorated and a fair is organized. There is a pond in front of the temple which is spread over about 120 acres. It is said that this pond is the largest pond of Chhattisgarh.
Deepotsav will be held at the birthplace of Lavkush
Special arrangements are also being made by the administration at the birthplace of Luv Kush, son of Lord Ram, located in Kasdol development block, 50 km from Balodabazar. Here the district administration and forest department together with the help of villagers are going to light ten thousand lamps. Preparations for which have been done and on 22nd January, on the occasion of Ramlala's consecration in Ayodhya, a special puja is being offered and the lamp is being lit. Let us tell you that the administration has identified it under Ramvanpath Gaman and has also declared Turturiya as a tourist destination, work on which has started here.
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