(Last Updated on : 21/01/2009)
Kanker district is situated in the southern region of the state of Chhattisgarh. The total area of the district is 5285.01 sq. km. with a population of 651,333. What is now Kanker district was actually part of the old Bastar district. In 1999, Kanker received its identity as an independent district. Now it is surrounded by 4 districts of Chhattisgarh, namely- Bastar, Dhamtari, Durg and Rajnandgaon. A sum of five rivers flow through the district,
those being- Mahanadi River, Doodh River, Hatkul River, Sindur River and Turu River. The district is made up of small pockets of hills.
The chief economical source of the people, mainly the tribals, is based solely on agriculture. Because the land is hilly, and surrounded with dense forests, the land needs to be ploughed before rainy seasons. Rice is the basic crop, and in agricultural practice it is called Marham or Dippa. Other crops include wheat, sugarcane, chana, Kodo, moong tili, and bhutta (corn). The Kanker city serves as the municipality of the district, with cultural and traditional festivals held from time to time as the area is chiefly populated by tribes.
Shivani Maa Temple, Kanker, Chhattisgarh
: Shivani Maa Temple houses an outlandish idol of the female power from the Hindu mythology.