Bastar during Dussehra

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Hi Trisha...a fantastic TR, enjoyed your lovely pictures. Appreciate you posting.
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Thanks for your appreciation..it means a lot to me....
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Next day we were up and about early. The sun had just started to come up. With the sound of birds chirping and the river roaring by, we walked to the waterfalls and were richly rewarded by the awesome sight. It looked even more voluminous in the early morning.





We had a gala time soaking in the ambience. Even this White-browed wagtail seemed to reflect our mood as it danced to the tunes of this magical waterfall.





As the sunshine started pouring through, we were witness to another enchanting view: the rainbow started forming and it felt as if the column of rainbow is projecting from the surface of water, a mesmerising view which I wont forget in my lifetime.



Even the streams looked golden in the early morning light.


These deities were duly bathed and ready for puja in one of the caves just beside the falls.


By the time we had our morning tea from the road side stalls and came back to the waterfalls, the sun was up in the sky and the temperature started soaring. We were glad that we had a nice time there in the early morning and went back to our tents to get ready for the next part of the day's adventures.

A last look at the waterfalls..


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Awesome pics!
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Very comprehensive, very arresting :-)
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...continued

Though we would have liked to stay one more day in the tranquil depths of the Chitrakoot resort, we were short of time and had to move on. We had our accommodation booked at Jagdalpur for the next two days and started accordingly from Chitrakoot after having a delicious breakfast. The hotel staff had arranged for our vehicle for the day and we were to visit the famous Danteswari temple of Dantewada and also the small village of Barsoor and finally halt at Jagdalpur. We had booked a Bolero for Rs. 3600 for this trip.

At this point I would like to mention a few difficulties we faced. The hotel staff would arrange for a vehicle for you but the problem is as the options available are limited, one may not like what is being offered. So, I think it would be better if prior arrangements are made (from Jagdalpur). Also, our vehicle did not have permit to carry luggage in its roof; so we had to somehow manage to cramp ourselves (9 of us) along with luggage into the Bolero and trust me, given the treacherous road conditions in some of the places, it is a very difficult arrangement but one that we had to compromise as we had no other option.

Anyways, we were not ready to dampen our mood over such matters and looked forward to visiting Dantewada. Given the infamous reputation this place has because of Maoists activities, we were skeptical at first whether it would be safe or not. But the local people urged us to visit the highly revered temple of Danteswari Mata during this festive season and assured us that tourists have no reason to fear the Maoists. The distance from Chitrakoot waterfalls to Dantewada is approx. 80 kms. The distance would have been more if were to follow the National Highway, so to save time our driver took a shortcut through the hills. I dont know which road it was and if it was ever well made but we found it to be totally destroyed. It was bumpy to say the least and we were forced to keep our windows closed because of the dust that accompanied us. Though we passed through a beautiful countryside of green paddy fields and small hillocks jaunting out of the way, 5-10 kms of this road was really torturous and back-breaking. We were relieved when we finally connected to the national highway. From here the roads were excellent and it felt really good to pass through the hilly areas covered in greenery. Time and again we were reminded of danger and maoist presence by the patrolling CRPF jawans in their motorcycles or on foot always alert and armed in groups of three or four.

By the time we reached Geedam we could see hundreds of pilgrims, young and old, man and woman, tribals and locals going to have a darshan at the temple. Roadsides were full of vendors selling fruits, vegetables, coconuts and flowers. The festive mood was in the air.

The road from Geedam to Dantewada was again broken and dusty. The sun was shining brightly and it was very hot. Still, hundreds of devotees could be seen walking towards the temple, many barefoot. Pandals were erected in many places to greet these devotees and water and food was provided. The Danteswari temple was built in the 14th century by the Chalukya kings and is located at the confluence of the rivers Shankini and Dankini. The presiding deity is Danteshwari Mai whose idol is chiseled out of a black stone. It is also believed to be a Sakti peetha where Sati’s tooth was said to be fallen giving the place its name.
Here are some pictures showing this little known shrine of Bastar district. As it was festival time, camera was not allowed inside the main temple.


The tribals swell the crowd inside the temple..


This doli containing the idol of Mauli Devi (elder sister of Danteswari Mai) is taken in a procession to the Danteswari temple in Jagdalpur during the Dussehra festivities and we were also fortunate to witness that event there.
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What a contrast Trisha. The day I was at Dantewara, it was blissfully empty. I think there was one other couple and that's it. I've photographed even the sanctum sanctorum. However, I like the photos you've posted more - they're so colorful and pretty.
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Next we moved on to the small village of Barsoor which was the erstwhile capital of the Nagavanshi rulers who ruled over Bastar. This place once had several tanks and beautiful temples much of which are in a state of ruin. Among the temples we visited the ruins of the Ganesha temple deserves special mention. The life-sized idols of Shri Ganesha was truly captivating.



Only the walls remain of the temple


This 50ft high "Mama Bhanja ka mandir" is also in a fair state of preservation. The presiding deity here is Ganesha and God Narasimha (avatar of Lord Vishnu).

This 'mama-bhanja' duo seems to be contemplating the origins of the name of the temple..


The temple architecture


The presiding deities submerged in the offerings of coconuts


The detailed carvings are almost in ruins, though Lord Ganesha can be seen adorning the door-frame


Some details at the outer walls


And as we left the small village, we were again enchanted with these green paddy fields omnipresent during this season.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post What a contrast Trisha. The day I was at Dantewara, it was blissfully empty. I think there was one other couple and that's it. I've photographed even the sanctum sanctorum. However, I like the photos you've posted more - they're so colorful and pretty.
I know VA, i was disappointed for not being able to take images inside the temple but in return got to see the vibrant part of the festivities. A very fair bargain, I would say .
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We reached Jagdalpur around 5 in the evening and went straight to Hotel Reekha where we had booked our rooms earlier. As the Dussehra festivities in Jagdalpur starts in the evening, we freshened up quickly and left for the Danteswari temple where most of the crowd was headed. The temple was brilliantly decorated, streets were jampacked with people and the festive atmosphere was captivating.

The temple premises all decked up at night




The Bison maria statue with the bust of the last king of Bastar in front..


Inside the temple:


The deity




The Bastar palace is just besides the Danteswari temple. The tribal people had come from all over Bastar for the Dussehra celebrations and camped in front of the palace. The palace authorities were kind enough to let them use the ground floor of the palace where they cooked, slept and spent the night.

The newly painted palace


The tribals preparing food in front of the building


Tribals with all their fanfare and musical instruments had come to pay their homage to the king who was represented by three empty thrones.






It was very much enjoyable roaming around the streets,where people were milling about, the fair grounds ripe with all sounds of merriment and the general festive mood. It was a real good time to be in Bastar.
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Somehow I missed this TR for very long. Compensated for the loss today. Amazing pics and great write-up. Loved it!
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On the last day of our tour, we had decided to visit the Kanger Valley National park. But as the famous limestone caves of Kutumsar are open only from the beginning of November, we could visit only the other attraction of KVNP, the Tirathgarh waterfalls. The drive to this falls takes about 2 hours from Jagdalpur and passes through the KGNP...small brooks passes through little culverts beneath the road and monkeys are in abundance.....

Some monkeying around..


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The Tirathgarh waterfall is another picturesque waterfall in the Bastar district...it is very much different from the Chitrakoot falls....the waterfall is around 100 ft tall and is three tiered. Most tourists move down only to the first level as the steps are very steep and the upward climb is very tiring.

The falls seen from above...


Top edge of the magnificent waterfall..


The falls as seen from the first level..


The scenic landscape


The first level also has a Shiva temple and small shrines of other gods..


A little devotee praying at the Shiva temple....


Scenic landscapes beneath the first level...


The stratified rock formations which is typical for this geographical area..


Another set of streams at the third level...


It was a very hot day and the cold water too captivating....the relief and joy which can be felt being in the water is truly reflected on this child's face..


A last look at the waterfalls..


On our way back to the hotel, we went to this Balaji temple, it has a very peaceful and tranquil setting.






The dasavatar


Having completed the tour of the first half of the day, next we were ready to visit the tribal fair in the evening which promised to give us a taste of the traditional culture of tribal Bastar.
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Don't know how I had missed this gem so long! Truly captivating, Trisha! Please (as I say everywhere) provide some logistic and monetary details. Thanks.
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Thanks Ashisda and Sagarneelda for the appreciation....and I am glad you liked the TR. Will finish the last part of this three day tour shortly.

Ashishda, I have been providing the logistics details in each post. But will also add a comprehensive detail at the end of the post which I think will help anyone wanting to visit this little known place in the tribal hinterlands of India.
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The last evening of our trip was spent savouring the intricacies of tribal life in Bastar district through the Tribal fair that was organised by the Chattisgarh government. The stalls that were put up described in details the statistics of tribal population, the various handicraft work made by the tribals, details of silkworm rearing and also essentials of modern way of living like putting up broadband internet connection, us of solar-powered water heaters and various other trivials that are integral part of any fairground. Here are some glimpses of the lively fair which was thronged in huge numbers by localities and tribals from near and far.

The beautiful wooden work..


The pumpkin gourd bottles..


Some artefacts of daily use by the tribals


Various types of combs used by the tribal ladies to adorn their hair


The chart showing the details of tribal population in Bastar


The cocoons of silk worm..




The larvae and moth making these cocoons




Some of the weapons used by the tribals


Having fun...


As we came out of the fair, we could also witness the procession that was bringing the deities from the temple at Dantewada to the Jagdalpur shrine with all fanfare and lights. The crowd was so huge there a real chance of a stampede as dancers moved to the beats of drums and trumpets carrying the "doli" of the deities.

We could manage only a poor shot from a distance of the procession


Soaking in the festive environment all around us, we were sad that we had come to an end of our three day extravaganza. But all good things come to an end and with a heavy heart we left early the next day via the Koraput-Howrah express which left Jagdalpur at the wee hours of the morning. The simple way of life, the greenery and the pristine ambience left our city hearts mesmerised and the longing that we felt to be back in this beautiful tribal hinterland can be best be described through this amazing lady..

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