Bambleshwari Temple is a Hindu temple, located at Dongargarh in Rajnandgaon district, Chhattisgarh, India. It is on a hilltop of 1600 feet. This temple is referred as Badi Bambleshwari. Another temple at ground level, the Chhotti Bambleshwari is situated about 1/2 km from the main temple complex. These temples are revered by lakhs of people of Chhattisgarh who flock around the shrine during the Navratris of Kavar (during Dusshera) and Chaitra (during Ram Navami). There is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalash during Navaratris here.

Bambleshwari Temple
DeityBambleshwari (Durga)
FestivalsNavaratri, Ram Navami, Jyoti Kalash
Bambleshwari Temple is located in Chhattisgarh
Bambleshwari Temple
Location in Chhattisgarh
Geographic coordinates21°10′46″N 80°45′9″E / 21.17944°N 80.75250°E / 21.17944; 80.75250
TypeNagara Style



Dongargarh is 107 kilometers from Raipur, via Bhilai, Durg and Rajnandgaon. Dongargarh does not exactly fall on the massive Mumbai highway, a diversion some 25  km before, from the Calcutta-Calcutta-Mumbai National Highway (NH #6) leads the vehicle through lush green vegetation and mild forests on a narrow winding single road.

Dongargarh is 40  km from district headquarters Rajnandgaon and is well connected with buses from Rajnandgaon. Dongargarh as well as trains. It is on the Mumbai - Howrah main line at a distance of 200 km from Nagpur and 100 km from Raipur. The nearest airport is at Raipur Airport.

The rope-way[1] in the hill on which the temple is located, is another attraction to the tourists in the city. It is very popular with the tourists as it is the only rope-way that has been set up in Chhattisgarh state.


Arieal View of Dongargarh from Maa Bamleshwari Temple on a hilltop

Dongar means mountains in Marathi Language while Garh means fort. The legend goes that around 2200 years ago, Raja Veersen, a local king, was childless and upon the suggestions of his royal priests performed puja to the gods.[2] Within a year, the queen gave birth to a son whom they named Madansen. Raja Veersen considered this a blessing of Lord Shiva and Parvati and constructed a temple here.[citation needed].In the temple of Dongargarh, king Vikramaditya went to commit suicide but Devi Bamleshwari appeared and stopped him from doing it. For reaching the top, there are total 1000 steps that lead to the temple.

Ropeway accident


On 29 February 2016 in a ropeway mishap, a woman was killed and three others were injured.[3][4] On 18 February 2021, a labourer died in a similar accident.[5][6]

Online facilities


"The temple provides the facility of Online Ropeway Ticket Booking and Online Jyoti Kalash Booking

See also



  1. ^ "Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple Dongargarh - Ropeway Ride". The Backpack Diaries. 14 April 2018. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Bamleshwari Mata Temple - Travel News India". 28 January 2017.
  3. ^ "1 dead in Chhattisgarh ropeway mishap". The Times of India. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Ropeway mishap at Dongargarh near Nagpur; woman killed, 3 injured; Maintenance flaws alleged". Nagpur Today : Nagpur News. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Chhattisgarh: Labourer died in a rope-way trolley accident in Rajnandgaon". Hindustan Times. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  6. ^ "डोंगरगढ़ मंदिर में बड़ा हादसा: रोपवे की ट्रॉली टूटकर पहाड़ में गिरी, सवार मजदूर की मौके पर मौत". Patrika News (in Hindi). Retrieved 1 September 2021.