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Champaran, Raipur Overview

Champaran was previously known as Champajhar. This village is of religious as well as historical significance as it is regarded to be the birthplace of the Sant Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the founder, pioneer and reformer of the Vallabh Sect. It is thus, a popular Vaishnava Peeth. Champaran is home to two temples that are dedicated to Shri Mahaprabhuji - the Prakatya Baithakji Mandir and Mool Prakatya (more commonly known as Chatti Baithak) and also holds an annual festival.

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Major Attractions in Champaran

Prakatya Baithakji Mandir

HDH Param Pujya Goswami Shri Vrajjivanlalji mainly performs the Seva in the Prakatya Baithakji Mandir along with his two sons, Shri Purushottamlalji and Goswami Shri Dwarkeshlalji. The temple can be witnessed in all its glory during important festivals. The temple is open from 7 AM to 7 PM on all days. It may be closed during the afternoon hours.

Mool Prakatya
This temple is commonly called the Chhatti Baithak. Goswami Shri Vallabhlalji and Shri Raghunathlalji conduct the Seva over here.

Apart from these two major temples, the village of Champaran has the Haveli Temple that is dedicated to Shri Girirajji and Shree Balakrishnalaji. A tiny stream from the Mahanadi River flows beside this temple. The stream is believed to be from River Yamuna and is worshipped by many. Numerous followers of the sect gather at this temple to pay their homage to Mahaprabhuji. This Prakatya Utsav is celebrated on the eleventh day of Baisakh every year.

There is an annual fair held in Champaran each year. A large number of devotees come together to take part in the festivities.

Best time to visit Champaran

The best time to pay a visit to Champaran would be during the winter months from October to March. The weather conditions are suitable to explore the temples and their architecture.

Travellers can also plan a trip during the Annual Festival of Champaran to witness the wide array of colours and festivities. It is recommended to avoid travelling to these parts during the summer. The sweltering temperatures make for an extremely uncomfortable trip.

How to Reach Champaran

Champaran is a small village in the Raipur district of Chhattisgarh. It is at a distance of 60 km from the capital city and 30 km from Mahasamund. Champaran is accessible by buses from Raipur. The nearest railway station is in Mahasamund. This village is at a distance of 15 km from Rajim, another popular tourist destination.

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