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Champaran
Champajhar
Village
Country India
StateChhattisgarh
DistrictRaipur
Government
 • BodyGram Panchayat
Languages
 • OfficialHindi, Chhattisgarhi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
Vehicle registrationCG
Nearest cityRajim 15 Km south of Champaran
Lok Sabha constituencyRaipur MP: Sunil Kumar Soni (BJP)
Vidhan Sabha constituencyAbhanpur MLA: Dhanendra sahu (INC)
Civic agencyGram Panchayat

Champaran or Champaranya formerly known as Champajhar named after forests of Champa Flowers which are extinct from here is a village in the Raipur District in the state of Chhattisgarh, India, which lies about 60km from the state capital of Raipur via Arang and 30 Km from Mahasamund Via Bamhani, Tila.[1]

The village is identified with Champaranya and therefore has religious significance as the birthplace of the Saint Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh sect also known as Pushtimarg.[citation needed] A temple has been constructed in his honour. Near this is a temple of Champeshwar Mahadeva. There are two Baithaks of Vallabhacharya's Chaurasi Bethak here.

Champaran word derivation

The Champaran is derived from the Champa Flower. There is a myth that in past Champaran was a forest of Champa Flowers. So, on this myth, the place first named Champajhar (Chmapa+Jhar; Jhar means house) then it named Champaran from Champaranya (its ancient name, meaning house of Champa Flowers)

Attractions

Mahaprabhuji Pakatya Baithakji Mandir, Champaran
Mahaprabhuji Pakatya Baithakji Mandir, Champaran

There are two temples dedicated to Shri Mahaprabhuji in Champaran. The first one is known as Prakatya Baithakji Mandir, where seva is performed by HDH Param Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Dwarkeshlalji Maharajshri and HDH Param Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Purshottamlalji Maharajshri. The second Baithakji is Mool Prakatya that is normally known as Chhatti Baithak. In this temple seva is done by Goswami shri Vallabhlalji and Shri Raghunathlalji (Shri Pinky Bawa) of 5th house of Kamvan. Apart from this there is a Haveli temple dedicated to Shree Girirajji and Shree Balkrishnalalji. A small stream of Mahanadi River flows near the temple which is believed to be from Yamuna river and worshipped. Mahaprabhuji's Prakatya Utsav is celebrated every year on eleventh day of Baisakh and many of followers of the sect gather at the temple to pay homage. The Annual Fair of Champaran is held with great festivities in the month of Magh every year. Large number of Pushtimargiya Vaishnavs visit Champaran every year. [2] The Champeswar Madadev Temple haves rare shivling which had dedicatd to Lord Shiv, Parvati and Ganesh.

Transport

Champaran is accessible from Raipur both via Arang. From the junction of Arang-Rajim Road at the village of Jonda, there is a paved road to Champaran. Buses are available from Raipur and Arang. Nearest Railway Station Is Mahasamund Railway Station

References

  1. ^ Champaran www.tourismofchhattisgarh.com.
  2. ^ "Champaran PinCode". citypincode.in. Retrieved 9 March 2014.