Bastar District is in the state of Chhattisgarh. Jagdalpur is the district headquarters. Bastar has an area of 8755.79 sq. km. It is bounded by Rajnandgaon district to the northwest, Kanker district to the north, Dhamtari district to the northeast, on the east by Navarangpur and Koraput districts of Orissa state, on the south and southeast by Dantewada District and to the east by Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra state. Bastar has a population of 1,302,253 (2001 census).
However, 70% of the district's populations are tribal people (adivasis). Administratively the district is divided into four tehsils-Jagdalpur, Kondagaon, Keshkal and Narainpur. Bastar has two municipalities-Jagdalpur and Kondagaon. Jagdalpur, the administrative headquarters of the district, is a picturesque town with a population of 1.5 lakhs. Bastar and Dantewada districts were formerly parts of the princely state of Bastar. The district is famous for its traditional Dusshera festival. The iconic Chitrakoot and Teerathgarh waterfalls are situated close to Jagdalpur. Jagdalpur is located at an elevation of 552 metres (1811 feet). The city is located on the south bank of the Indravati River, with a population of 250,000. It is prestigiously known for its wooden handicrafts work. Jagdalpur is quite admired for its natural beauty, ancient temples and other colourful festivities. A number of temples enlace Bastar while enhancing the feel of the place.
Danteshwari Temple, Jagdalpur, Bastar, Chhattisgarh: Built in the 14th century by the Chalukya Kings, Danteshwari Temple is one of the Shakti Peethas, considered as the supreme power of the Mother.
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Jagdalpur, Bastar, Chhattisgarh: Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple has been a boon for the devotees of Lord Venkateshwara, also known as Lord Balaji.
(Last Updated on : 08-09-2010)