Bilaspur LOCATED IN THE NORTHERN part of Chhattisgarh, is a major
railway junction and the headqarters of the Sourth East Central Railway.
It is also the point from where on can reach several destinations - Ratanpur,
the capital of Kalachuris in the 11th and 12th centuries, the ancient
trade post of Malhar, the temples of Tala, the
Vishnu temples of Seorinaraya, the power plants
of Korba and the timeless cave paintings around Raigarh.
Thousands of lakes dot this region, prominent amoung them being Khutaghat
and the Hasdeo-Bango.
Bilaspur is surrounded by lush green forest in the north and the coal mines of
Hasdeo valley in the east. the region is known for aromatic Doobraj,colourful
soft Kosa silk saris, and more so for its rich, varied and colourful
It is said that the city was founded by a "fisher-woman named Bilasa"
in the 17th century, and is named after her. In reality, the hisory of Bilaspur
goes back many hundreds of year to the Kalachuris of Ratanpur and
Raipur. The earlies price of this line was Mayura Dhwaja whose
adventures with Krisha on the occasion of the theft of Arjuna's horse are related
in the "Jaininiya Ashwamedha".
Bilaspur came under Maratha Control in 1741. In 1854 , the East
India Company took it over when the Maratha ruler died without an heir.
One of the greatest son of the city is Guru Ghasidas (1756-1836),
the founder of Satnami sect, after whom the university of Bilaspur