Malhar Series of Temples
The Malhar range of temples excavated can be called masterpieces in their own right, the ruins speaking for themselves. Dindeshwari Temple, Pataleshwar Kedar Temple and Devri Temple are some of the temples located in the town of Malhar. Malhar also contains the renowned idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms. Ancient temples belonging to 10th and 11th centuries are existent here.
Temple Cluster of Janjgir-Champa
Janjgir-Champa has a varied list of temples to its credit, built majestically, under mysterious circumstances. Nahariya Baba Temple which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Vishnu Temple, Manka Devi Temple, Laxmaneshwar Temple, Durga Mandir, etc are the various temples which exist in the district of Janjgir-Champa.
Kanthi Dewal Temple
Recently vivified by the Archaeological Survey of India, Kanthi Dewal Temple houses quite an old lingam of Lord Shiva. This temple is situated near the Mahamaya Devi Mandir and its architecture reflects a unique combination of Islamic and Hindu styles. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and beautiful sculptures whose origin can be traced back to 9th centuries adorn the walls of this temple. It is present in Ratanpur area of Chhattisgarh.
Mahamaya Devi Mandir
A century-old temple reminiscent of the Nagara Style of Architecture, Mahamaya Devi Mandir has a strange idol enshrined in its sanctum sanctorum. It is located at Ratanpur and boasts of a spectacular statue of its presiding deity, Goddess Mahamaya Devi. The temple also shelters an idol of Goddess Saraswati and rare motifs which have been influenced by those of Jain temples.
Kaal Bhairav Mandir
Housing a 'rudra' (fierce) idol of Lord Shiva, the Kaal Bhairav Mandir is an extremely august shrine according to the devotees. It is located in Ratanpur, at a distance of about 25 km from the main region of Bilaspur. The presiding deity of this temple is Kaal Bhairav, who is considered to be amongst the 52 'Bhairavs' and he is believed to be Bhairav or the Lord of Terror, another incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Mahamrityunjaya Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir
With a wish fulfillment puja tagged to it, the Mahamrityunjaya Panchmukhee Shiva Mandir is built of red stone.
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