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About Arang

Arang, being known as a temple town in Chhattisgarh state, is one of the famous tourist destinations in India. It is also famous for its historical significance and religious worth. That is why itself, it is a prosperous town in the state. Arang town comes under Raipur district of Chhattisgarh.
About Arang
Sculptures of Jain tirthankaras in the Bhand Dewal Temple

History of Arang

Arang is a historically important city of India which is revealed by the several excavation works held in recent past. Temple of Bhandewal, which was built in eleventh century, is enough for a proof of the glorious past of Arang. It is believed that the name Arang is originated from two words such as ‘ara’ means ‘saw’ and ‘anga’ means ‘body’. The legend behind the name is that King Marodhvaja of the Haihaya dynasty detached his son’s body with a saw and offered it to the pet lion of God Krishna.According to the archeological findings, Haihayas Rajput dynasty ruled Arang in ancient times. The city was the centre of Hindu and Jain religious faiths. We can also see Arang is mentioned in Hindu epic Mahabharata. There is another legend related to Arang in particular and Chhattisgarh in general. It is regarding the princess Chandini and her lover Lorik. Folk-poetry about this legend is widely sung in the state. There is a memorial statue in their hounor near Arang. A copper plate inscription dated to the Gupta period was discovered in an archeological excavation in Arang. It is known as the Arang Plate of Bhimasena II of the clan of Rajarsitulya. It is a proof of the reign of this dynasty in Chhattisgarh, particularly Bhimasena II and his five preceding rulers. Archelogical excavations in Aranga also discovered some Jain images made of gem stones. They are now kept in the Digambar Jain temple at Raipur.

Geography of Arang

Arang is located at 21.2°N 81.97°E with an average elevation of 267 meters. This prosperous town is situated on the west bank of the Mahanadi River. Arang town is 36 km away from the Raipur, the state capital. Arang city comes under Arang Tehsil, which is bounded by Mahasamund Tehsil towards east and Fingeshwar Tehsil towards south. Abhanpur Tehsil and Raipur Tehsil surround this city towards west direction. The nearby cities to Arang are Birgaon city, Raipur city, Mahasamund city and Gobranwapara city. Arang experiences hot and humid climate during summers. The highest temperature during this time is in between 31°C to 45°C. But, the temperature is less in January and February with an average of 23° C.

Demography of Arang

As per the census of 2001, Arang city has a population of 16,593 among which 51% are males and 49% are females. Among the total population, 16% is under six years old. There is an average literacy rate of 64% in Arang and it is higher than the national average of 59.5%. As of 2011, the population is increased 1.3% over the 2001 figure.

Economy of Arang

Being an ancient city with several temples, pilgrim locations and historical monuments, tourism is certainly one of the main source of revenue for this town. As religious tourism is one of the main activities in this temple town, the government is trying to enhance the infrastructure facilities to improve the economic condition of the city. Even though tourism is a prime source of revenue, Arang also has a stable agricultural economy. Nowadays, the people here are carving a niche in other occupational domains too like commerce and industry. Arang is a commercial town where we get different types of forest products.

Administration in Arang

Profile of ArangArang is one of the three nagar palikas in Raipur district in Chhattisgarh state. It is also a block and a tehsil in the state. There are 15 wards in Arang city. Providing the basic amenities like water and sewerage as well as services like building roads and imposing taxes on properties that come under its jurisdiction are the responsibilities of Nagar panchayats. Arang is an assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh Naveen Markandey from BJP represents this seat in legislative assembly. Arang comes under Raipur parliamentary constituency where the sitting MP is Ramesh Bais of Bharatia Janata Party.

Collector and DM, Raipur
Thakur Ram Singh
Phone: 0771-2426024
Website: http://raipur.gov.in/

Deputy Collector, Raipur
Deepak Agrawal
Email: raipur.cg@nic.in

Tourist Attractions in Arang

Arang, which is known as Temple town, attracts many tourists from all over the country. A major share of revenue of the town is contributed by tourism industry. Therefore, the government also is interested to improve the infrastructure facilities of Arang city with an aim of promoting tourism industry. Tourism makes many changes and brings several developments to Arang. There are several Hindu and Jain temples in and around the town like Bhand Dewal temple, Mahamaya temple, Bagh Deval temple, Chandi Maheswari temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple, Panchmukhi Mahadev temple and temple of Danteshwari. Among them, the ancient and well-known temples are mainly Bagh Deval temple and Bhand Dewal temple.

Bhandewal temple: This temple dates back to the eleventh century, is situated in the Mahakosala area of the city. Being a prime attraction of Arang city it is visted by numerous tourists. The templeis dedicated to Jain deity is constructed in Bhujima style which symbolizes one of the enticing architectural mastery of the past people who once lived in Arang. The plinth of Bhand Dewal temple has detailed ornamentation. It is a socle plinth, which supports a pedestal and two rows of sculptures on the wall. The temple has a layout plan of a star shape, which is known as stellate. Stellate means shaped like a star that have points or rays radiating from the center. This is considered as an unusual feature. Three free standing large and highly polished images of Thirthankaras carved ornately in black stone are kept in the garbha griha. They are Ajitanatha, Neminath and Shreyanasanatha. The central figure is seen holding two deers in the left hand and a globe on the right hand. There is a winged figure carving on the base of this image. There are several images carved on the exterior and interior faces of the temple. The bigger images are carved in two rows. Above these, single row of smaller images are carved. Highly decorated depiction of inscription panels, flowers and a royal march of people, animals and horses can also be seen on the base of larger images. Raipur circle of Archeological Survey of India has been protected this monument since 1920.

Bagh Deval Temple: Bagh Deval temple, which is dated to the 11th century, has similar architectural features of Khajuraho temple. It was initially inferred as a Jain temple.

Mahamaya Temple: Mahamaya Temple is another religious attraction of Arang city. The main attraction of this temple is an extremely large stone, where 24 Thirthankars of the recognized Jain disciples are carved.

Other than the religious significance, Arang city is also rich in many places that are worth visited like Chapajhar, Belsondha, Kosrangi, Palaud, Bhansoj, Samodac and Nawagaon. To conclude, a pleasure trip to Arang provides you vast knowledge about this ancient city and also brings out facts that have suppressed.

Culture in Arang

The most common local language that people use is Chhattisgarhi. The traditional medical practitioners called Baigas, apply their own treatment methods known as Jhad pook to cure diseases and snake bites etc. The people in the district are fond of variety in dressing, entertainment and way of living. They have some unique dance and music forms like Raut Nacha, Panthi & Soowa, Padki, Pandwani and Dewar Nacha etc. The women and men here wear colorful dresses and variety of ornaments. Phuli, Bali, Ainthi, Patta, Khunti, Kardhani, Choora and Pounchhi etc are some of the decorative items used by women here.

Information on Arang
Tribal Dance

Hareli is a famous festival in this region, which is celebrated in Savan month as a mark of greenery. Farmers worship their farm equipment and cows on this festival. Gouri-Goura, Suti, Hareli, Pola and Teeja are the other popular festivals here. Pola is another festival on which people worship bullocks. Bull race is a major event of this festival. Teeja is the festival of women, on which all married women pray for the welfare of their husbands. The prayer is performed at the parent’s place of the women.

Utilities Services in Arang

Arang is one of the famous tourist locations of Chhattisgarh and herefore, the government tries to provide the infrastructure to the visitors and people here that are necessary for the improvement of tourism industry here. However, the development is still in the starting stage and so the city is not well organized with all utilities and services.

Banks in Arang

Being a famous tourist spot, Arang is visited by many people from various corners of the county. That is why itself the possibilities for all types of business are high in the city. Banking sector is also interested in this place. As a result many famous nationalized and private banks start branches in Arang. Some of the popular bank branches in the town are listed here.

Dena Bank
Branch name: Arang
IFSC Code: BKDN0820236
Branch Code: 820236
Address: Main road, Arang, Raipur,
Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 07720-258618

State Bank of India (SBI)
Branch name: Arang
IFSC Code: SBIN0010828
MICR Code: 493002156
Branch Code: 010828
Address: Main road, Arang, Raipur,
Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 07720 258402, 9826756426

Bank Of Baroda (BOB)
Branch name: Arang, Chhattisgarh
IFSC Code: BARB0ARANGX
MICR Code: 493012503
Branch Code: ARANGX
Address: Daga Complex, Main road,
Arang, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 0771-2582723

Punjab National Bank (PNB)
Branch name: Arang, Chhatisgarh
IFSC Code: PUNB0738700
MICR Code: 492024508
Branch Code: 738700
Address: Durga Vihar Kologas,
Office Kharora Road, Arang, Raipur,
Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 9406052243

IDBI Bank
Branch name: Arang
IFSC Code: IBKL0001703
MICR Code: 492259501
Branch Code: 001703
Address: Opposite Old Mandi, Main road,
Arang, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 7415033004

Post Office in Arang

Arang post office is a sub office, which falls under Raipur postal division, Raipur postal region and Chhattisgarh postal circle.

Pincode: 493441
Phone number: 07720-258244

Studios in Arang

Photography is an art that need skill and proper training. A talented photographer can really shine in a place like Arang, as many tourists visit here from various parts of the county. There are a few good studios in the town that have skilled photographers and advanced technologies.

Prakash Photo Studio
Address: Arang, Raipur, Main Road, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 8871446087
Working hours: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 am to 09:00 pm

Parameshwari Photo Studio
Address: Arang, Raipur, Main Road, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 9575609777
Working hours: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 am to 09:00 pm

Rinku Digital Photo Studio
Address: Arang, Raipur, Main Road, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 9926848637
Working hours: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 am to 09:00 pm

Healthcare Services in Arang

Hospitals in Arang
Healthcare

There is a district hospital at Raipur where people of Arang travel for treatments. In addition to that the district has a dental college, Ayurvedic collage, civil hospital etc that also provide treatment to the entire people in the district. Arang city has a community health center with almost all facilities. Moreover there are six primary health centres and around 40 sub health centers in Arang block, which are located at different places of the block. The private health care sector is not so established in Arang. Big hospitals with modern facilities are not much in the town.

Community Health Centre
Contact: 9425211299

Shreyash Hospital and Research Center
Address: Durgavihar Colony, Arang,
Near Science and Arts College,
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 9039008893

Baba Ramdev Patanjali Srogya Kendra
Address: Mana road, Arang, Raipur,
Near Kanaya Middle School, 493441
Phone number: 9926775787

Asha Dental Clinic
Address: Indira Chowk, Arang, Main road,
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 493441
Phone number: 8109395898

Transportation in Arang

As Arang city is well connected with all other major cities of the state through road and railway, reaching to Arang is not a difficult task. Swami Vivekananda Airport is the nearest airport to the city, which is used by people to reach the city from far away places. The people get buses, taxis and auto rickshaws for local transportation here. The nearest railway station to Arang is Arang Mahanadi railway station. But Raipur Jn railway station is the major station closed to the town and it connects the city with other major stations of the country.

Don't miss to visit Arang city, if you ever plan to go for a pleasure trip to Chhattisgarh state. The city, which is rich with a gloripus past and several ancient temples, will of course gift you a handfull of memories that you can keep forever.


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