Champaran Raipur: The Birthplace Of The Saint Vallabhacharya

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Champaran also known as Champaranya formerly known as Champajhar derives from two words Champa meaning Plumeria Forest and Jhar means Home. The plumeria plant forest is now extinct.  Chanmparan villager is located in Raipur District, about 60km from the state capital of Raipur via Arang and 30 Km from Mahasamund Via Bamhani, Tila. One of the most famous Raipur Tourist places to visit is Champarna. 

Champaran has a religious significance as the birthplace of Jagadguru Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect also known as Pushtimarg. 

Champaranya temple is built in honour of Jagadguru Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the founder of the Vallabh sect. There are two temples dedicated to Shri Mahaprabhuji Prakatya Baithakji Mandir and Chhatti Baithak.

A small stream flowing beside Champaran Temple Raipur is worshipped as River Yamuna.

How To Travel To Champaran Mandir Raipur Chhattisgarh

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By Road

You can reach Champaranya temple from Raipur 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.

By Railway

Nearest Railway Station Is Mahasamund Railway Station. You can take a bus or hire a cab from the Railway station. The railway station is 35 km from Champaran Mandir Raipur Chhattisgarh.

By Flight

The closest airport to Champaran Mandir Raipur Chhattisgarh is Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur city. The airport is around 38 km from Champaranya temple.

Champaran Mandir Raipur Chhattisgarh

The Champaran Temple Raipur is divided into Prakatya Baithakji Mandir and Mool Prakatya Baithakji. Both the temples are dedicated to Shree Mahaprabhuji Vallabhacharya founder of the Vallabh Sect.

1. Prakatya Baithakhji Mandir

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This temple has silver doors with intricate designs and is vibrant from the inside. Visitors can visit the temple and explore the paintings of how Jagadguru Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya was born and brought up.

The shrine inside is adorned with gold and silver and is dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna. Apart from all the rituals and seva done here, many traditional festivals are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur. It is the must-visit temple in Champaran.

2. Mool Prakatya Baithakji

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Mool Prakatya is the other temple in the Shree Mahaprabhuji Pragatya Sthal temple complex. This temple is decorated with many lights and colors during Baisakhi which is close to the birth date of Mahaprabhuji Vallabhacharya.

A small stream passes through both these temples and is believed to have flown down from the holy river of Yamuna.

Places To Visit Near Champaran Temple

1. Shri Mahaprabhuji Museum

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Just beside Champaranya temple Shri Mahaprabhuji Museum is one of the places to visit near Champaran Temple. There is a museum known as the Shri Mahaprabhu Museum. The museum has shown the birth of Shree Mahaprabhuji.

2. Champarna Ka Vanashetra

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There is a garden near Champarna temple also known as Champarna Ka Vanashetra. The garden has an idol of Shree Ram and Hanuman. It has a pond in it as well. 

After darshan, a stroll in this Garden will fill your heart with peace and remove all the negative thoughts from your head.

3. Mahanadi River


Mahanadi River near the Champaran Temple Raipur is the major river in East Central India. It is known as Yamuna of Champaran. Devotees come near this river to pray to Goddess Yamuna.  

4. Mata Yamuna Mandir Champaran

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Just beside the Mahanadi River is Mata Yamuna Mandir. It is dedicated to Mata Yamuna. It is a must-visit place before 07:30 pm. The temple premises also have monkeys. Other idols of Goddesses like Devi Sarasvati, Laxmi, etc are there.

Timings Of Champaran Temple Raipur

Champaran Temple Raipur timings are from 7 am to 7 pm every day. 

Other Places To Visit In Champaran

1. Rajiv Lochan Mandir

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Ravi Lochan Mandir is located a little further from Champaran in the district of Raipur. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Having many temples in the vicinity, this one is special because of its architecture. 

The carved idols of Goddess Durga and Lord Narshimha adorn the temple’s magnificent aura. The depiction of Ganga and Yamuna is also done by the artisans. Idols of other gods and goddesses are also in Rajiv Lochan Mandir. 

The Rajiv Lochan Mandir is around 26 km from Champaran Temple Raipur. The Rajiv Lochan Mandir has become one of the best places to visit near Ghatarani Waterfalls in the Rajim Lochan Mahotsav. It is held every year from the 16th of February to the 1st of March.

2. Champakeshwara Mahadeva Temple

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Champakeshwara Mahadev Temple is around 58 km from Champaran Temple Raipur. It is another famous temple in Champaran. 

The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Maa Radha. The corridors of the temple have images of Shree Vallabhacharya depicting his life throughout the temple premises. 

3. Ram Mandir

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Located within a few kilometers of the town, Ram Mandir is one of the most beautiful temples in Champaran. The best time to visit the temple is in the evening during Aarti. 

The temple is decorated with a beautiful Chandelier and the wall of the temple is painted depicting Lord Ram’s life. This magnificent temple has peace in its aura. Visitors and devotees come to this temple to experience solace

4. Mahakoshal Art Gallery

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This 150-year-old temple in Champaran is one of the most popular among visitors. You can quickly recognize the Mahakoshal Art Gallery by its octagonal shape edifice. Mahakoshala Art Gallery has many rare artifacts from the region as well as many tribal works. Apart from all the artifacts the edifice is a magnificent art.

5. Pukhauti Muktangan

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Pukhauti Muktangan is an open-air museum near Champaran. Sprawling over an area of 20 acres, Pukhauti Muktangan has preserved many ancient artifacts. This museum shows the way of living of the people of Chhattisgarh

Several carvings and idols of the tribes that live in the area as well. If you are interested in history and art then Pukhauti Muktangan is the place for you.

Champaranya Temple Mela


The area of Champaran is a culturally rich region. Champaranya temple mela is one of the best things happening in the temple vicinity.

Folk songs are sung, bull racing is done, and a huge procession is also made. The Champaranya Temple Mela has many ferries, and vendors selling different kinds of food items. This mela is fun and something you can think of doing in Champaran.

Hotels Near Champaran Temple


There are not many hotels near Champaran Temple vicinity, some of them are mentioned below – 

  1. Vallabhnidhi Kradam Aashram Champaran
  2. Sudamapuri Dharmasala Champaran 
  3. Shri Gopal Dharmasala Champaran
  4. Chathhi Ji Champaran

Best Time To Visit Champaran

The best time to visit Champaran is during the winter months from October to March. During this time the weather is pleasant and suitable to explore the temples. 

Tourists can also plan a trip during the Annual Festival of Champaran held every year.

Waterfall Near Champaran

There is no waterfall near Champaran. The nearest waterfall is around 20 km from Champaran Temple. Following are the nearest waterfalls in Champaran.

1. Kosam-Bir-Waterfall

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Champaran near waterfall is all you need in a complete tour package. And if the waterfall is Kosam-Bir-Waterfall then it is an icing on the cake. Champaran near the waterfall is a Mahanadi River main canal. It is 20 km from Champaran Temple Raipur. 

2. Ghatarani Waterfalls


Another Champaran near waterfall is Ghatarani Waterfall. It is around 44 km from Champaran Temple Raipur. It is one of the magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush green forests. The waterfall is about 100 feet tall and the water comes from the rocky cliff making the landscape more beautiful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Champaran famous for?

Champaran is the birthplace of Jagadguru Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect also known as Pushtimarg.

Where is Champaran located?

Champaran is located in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

Which God is Champaran famous for?

Champaran is famous for being the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya who was the supreme devotee of Lord Krishna.

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