Chaiturgarh or Lafagarh is a fort about 51 kilometres (32 mi) from Katghora tehsil, Korba district, Chhattisgarh, India, on the KorbaBilaspur road. It is an Archaeological Survey of India protected monument. Chaiturgarh is one of the 36 forts of Chhattisgarh. Chaithurgarh is situated around 70 kilometres (43 mi) from Korba and 21 kilometres (13 mi) from Pali town.

Chaiturgarh fort
Part of Chhattisgarh Forts
Korba district, Chhattisgarh
Chaiturgarh fort is located in Chhattisgarh
Chaiturgarh fort
Chaiturgarh fort
Coordinates22°30′37″N 82°16′17″E / 22.5103°N 82.2714°E / 22.5103; 82.2714
TypeHill fort / natural fortification
Height3,060 feet (930 m)
Site information
OwnerCentral Archeological Department of  India
ConditionProtected ruins
Site history
Built10th century CE
Built byRaja Prithvideva I
In useTemple and tourism


Chaiturgarh (also known as Lafagarh) is situated at a height of 3,060 feet (930 m) on a hilltop. It is protected by strong natural walls and is considered as one of the strongest natural forts. Since it is protected by strong natural walls, only at some places walls have been built. The fort has three main entrances which are named as Menaka, Humkara, and Simhadwar.[1]

Flora of Chaiturgarh forest hills Korba, Chhattisgarh
Chaiturgarh hills, Korba चैतुरगढ़ पहाड़ी क्षेत्र

On the hilltop there is a plain area of about 5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi) where there are five ponds. Three of these ponds have water all around the year. Many types of wild animals and birds are found here.


The Mahishasur Mardini temple is situated here. The idol of Mahishasur Mardini having 12 hands is installed in the sanctum sanctorum. Shankar cave is situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away from the temple. The cave which is like a tunnel, is 25 feet (7.6 m) long. One can go inside the cave only by creeping since it is very small in diameter.


  • Archeologists consider it as one of the strongest natural forts. A Descriptive List of Inscriptions in the Central Province and Berar – dated in Kalchuri Era 933 (1181-82 CE) gives a long genealogical list of the Kalchuri kings. It mentions that there was a king in the family of the Haihaya who has eighteen sons. One of them was Kalinga whose son Kamala ruled over Tummana. Kamala was succeeded by Ratnaraja I and later by Prithvideva I. Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort in 1571 and Mughals ruled until 1628 CE. Chaiturgarh was constructed by Raja Prithvideva I.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Korba Chaiturgarh". Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Kharod inscription of Ratnadeva III". Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ Chauley, G. C. (2004). Monumental Heritage of Orissa. Book India Pub. Co. p. 114. ISBN 978-81-85638-19-5.