Raipur. The Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly and an eleven-member delegation are on a tour of Chhattisgarh from August 26 to 30. Under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program, the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board organized lunch on August 29 for the Vidhan Sabha members and officers delegation. The Chairman of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, Atal Shrivastava, presented Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Rajendra Trivedi, famous Dhokra craft (bell metal) of Chhattisgarh. The program is significant from the point of view of cultural exchange and tourism development of both states. Today, President Rajendra Trivedi honoured Atal Srivastava, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, and presented him with a miniature of the Statue of Unity. He also invited him to visit Gujarat.
Before this, the delegation visited Jungle Safari in the morning; after lunch, they visited Purkhauti Muktangan, Mahant Ghasidas Museum and Chhattisgarh Haat. Members of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly met with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at CM House at 5:30 PM. Earlier on August 27, the delegation visited the Rajeevlochan temple complex, located in the religious-cultural city Rajim and the Kuleshwar Mahadev temple, located at the confluence of the Mahanadi, Pairi and Sondhur rivers. They also learnt about the ancient history, archaeology, tourism and cultural traditions of tourist places. At the gate of Rajeevlochan temple, the guests were welcomed traditionally by the students of Rajim Sanskrit Pathshala with conch shells and chanting.
A delegation from Rajim reached Champaranya, the famous Vaishnava Peeth, the birthplace of Vallabhacharya and visited Mahaprabhu's sitting, haveli and picture museum. The guests also took mid-day bhog there.
From there, the delegation reached Sirpur, the ancient capital of Chhattisgarh and visited the excavated sites Tivardev Vihar, Surangtila Panchayatan Shiv Temple and Gandeshwar Shiva Temple, including the world-famous Lakshman Temple and Museum. The officials of the Department of Archeology and Tourism gave information about the history and archaeology of Rajim, Sirpur and the ancient relations of Gujarat with Chhattisgarh. Information about Mahanadi, the main river of Chhattisgarh, the state's ancient history, tradition, various archaeological heritage, crafts, heritage located in the museum complex, connecting the north to west direction and the culture of Chhattisgarh and Orissa, the oldest state. The delegation was stunned after getting information about the complete splendour of the state. Tomorrow, on August 30, afternoon, they will leave for Gujarat.