8 Facts that make the State of Chhattisgarh so Marvellous
Chhattisgarh was formed in November 2000 by partitioning several Chhattisgarhi speaking districts from Madhya Pradesh. Its name has been derived from the number 36 in Hindi, marking the 36 strongholds in the area. It is bounded by Odisha in the east, Telangana in the south, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand to the north and northeast and Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in the west. It is the 10th largest state in India, covering an area of 52,199 square miles.
For those of you who’re fans of Chhattisgarh, or those who’re looking to know more about it, here are some amazing facts about Chhattisgarh.
1. Tribes of Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh has five main tribes, namely Sonr, Damor, Karku, Andh, and Bhil Mina. Traditionally, many of them lived in bamboo and mud houses in the forest. Though all of us are recently becoming aware of trendy lifestyles like minimalism, zero waste, and detoxing, it has always been the way of life for the tribes of Chhattisgarh.
2. Naya Raipur- One of the best planned smart cities in India
Naya Raipur is being developed to become a smart city in the state of Chhattisgarh. 27% of the city’s land is being allotted solely for trees and greenery, which makes it the first greenfield smart city of India. It is also being developed to be sustainable with many environmentally inclined developmental projects such as solar energy, rainwater harvesting, and internet connectivity.
3. Chitrakote waterfall
Chhattisgarh is also home to the Chitrakote Falls, the widest waterfall in India, reaching a width of almost 300m in the monsoon. It is popularly known as the “Niagara Falls of India” because of its predominant horseshoe shape.
4. Archaeological riches of Sirpur
This culturally diverse state also houses Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, and several Jain monuments; some dated back to the 7th century. The ASI museum has a vast collection of artifacts from excavations conducted during the 1950s and 2000s.
5. Jaljali, the Bouncing Land
Mainput, a hill station in the northern part of Chhattisgarh has become a tourist attraction for many. Jaljali, also known as the bouncing land is a place where jumping causes the earth to shake and appears to transform into a ‘trampoline’. Scientists have still not been able to provide reasonable explanations for this phenomenon.
6. Mineral Rich State
In Chhattisgarh, the mining industry is a major source of income with major reserves of coal, iron ore, bauxite, limestone, and dolomite as well as tin, manganese ore, gold, and copper. Chhattisgarh is one of our country’s biggest suppliers of dolomite.
7. Its own film industry
Chhattisgarh has its own film industry called Chollywood which are predominantly made in the Chhattisgarhi language. The first film was released in 1965 and was called Kahi Debe Sandesh. Made almost completely in the state, the movies earn a significant amount of revenue.
8. Economy of Chhattisgarh
The nominal gross state domestic product of the state was estimated at ₹3.26 lakh crore in 2018-19, making it the 17th largest state economy in India. It’s success factors are owed to growth in agriculture and industrial production.