Jharkhand is among the few destinations that offer you the perfect
holiday option. Apart from natural allure you can enjoy a wide range
of pursuits. Chhotanagpur a name which presents up before mind's
eye a highland interspersed with rolling hills clad in luxuriant
forest criss-crossed by numerous narrow, limpid hill streams. The
glorious plateau is riddled with celestial springs bubbling with
mineral water. The majestic flow of water in a number of falls thundering
down in rainbow mists, froth and foam enthralls the onlookers. On
approach their never ending soft and haunting music rises to a crescendo.
Jharkhand has many things to entice tourists and all those who
are lovers of natural beauty. As indicated above, its evergreen
forests, wild life, lakes, waterfalls, scenic beauty, health and
holiday resort and soothing climate are a bonanza for tourists.
Imagine a fantasy land where nature is a benevolent queen. Where
the woods are lovely, dark, green and deep. Where the sky is an
azure blue. Where hill streams bubble like a young adivasi's laughter.
A place where you can hear the sounds of silence and actually taste
the elegance of nature.
Ranchi is nature's bounty to mother India which has specially been
adorned with falls and streams. Hundru fall is about 45 kms away
from Ranchi Town. The Swarnarekha river falls from a heightof 320
feet making a wonderful scene known as Hundru fall. At the base
of the fall a beautiful pool is formed which allows visitors to
take a good bath, but with precautions. During rainy season it takes
a formidable form but in summer it turns in to an exciting picnic
About 40 km away from Ranchi on Tata Road falls a village named
Taimara near which flows the Kanchi river. Falling from a height
of about 144 feet Kanchi river makes a pretty fall called Dassam
falls encircled with charming scenes. It is also known as Dassam
Ghagh. The tourists are warned not to take bath in the falls or
at least be careful while bathing in the stream.
Jonha is about 40 kms away from Ranchi. The road leading to Jonha
is a bit narrow but not so rough, rugged and arduous as that of
Hundru. There is also a hospice (Tourist Rest House) which accommodates
Lord Gautam Buddha's
temple. This fall is named after Gautam as Gautam dhara too. It
is approachable by road. The tourists can go upto Gautam dhara station
by train also.
About 70 km. from Ranchi on way to Chakradharpur is located Hirni
Falls. Situated amidst dense forests Hirni has been favoured by
nature for scenic beauties. The tourists are carried away by emotions
and flight of imagination while at Hirni.
Located on way to Simdega via Khunti, this beautiful waterfall has
infact five water falls in a row and therefore called Panch Ghagh.
The distance of this waterfall is about 55 kms from Ranchi.
About 39 km. from Ranchi on Tata Road near Bundu, stands the elegant
Sun Temple fashioned in the form of huge chariot with richly decorated
18 wheels (nine on each side) and seven life like horses ready to
take off. Built by Sanskriti Vihar headed by Shri Sita Ram Maroo,
the Managing Director of Ranchi Express Group, the Sun Temple deserves
the title 'a poem in stone'. The surroundings of the temple, studded
with a pond serving as a sacred place for Chhathavratis are actually
a natures bounty to the people of Chhotanagpur. A beautiful dharmashala,
meant for the pilgrims and the tourists is under construction. The
all weather motor able road upto the temple premises is likely to
attract tourist who will be captivated to behold the newly built
Sun Temple in placid and serene surrounding leading to it's celestial
About 80 km. from Ranchi on Ramgarh Chitarpur Road, Rajrappa is
situated at the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhairavi popularly
knows as Bhera. Rajrappa, which was once desolate hillocks with
a small temple of Chhinamastika, now turned into a famous pilgrim
resort for the Hindu devotees mainly from Bihar and West Bengal.
The headless statue of Goddess Chhinamastika stands upon the bodies
of Kamdeo and Rati in a lotus bed. The Chhinamastika Temple is a
very sacred and popular place of Hindu pilgrimage. The temple is
very old and its architectural design is the same as that of other
temples of tantrik importance. Though its antiquity is yet to be
dated. Some people are of the opinion that the present temple is
a renovated one of the original and traditional temple turned into
ruins. A number of other temples have come up around the original
temple. Particularly, the temples of Mahavidyas (Tara, Shodashi,
Bhubneswari, Bhairavi, Bagla, Kamla, Matangi, Dhumavati) built in
a series, attract more devotees. Rajrappa has turned into a popular
picnic spot. Pilgrims come here throughout the year. A number of
devotees perform their marriages here and childrens have their mundan
ritual (hair cut) to take blessings from Maa Chhinamastika. On the
day of Makar Sakranti (14th January) a religious fair is held which
is visited by lacs. On the Dussehra day also the number of visitors
coming increases considerably. Rajrappa can be easily reached from
Ranchi and Hazaribagh. It is on the route to Bokaro from Ramgarh.
About 190 km from Ranchi, Parasnath (also knows as Samved Shikhar)
is the biggest hill of Jharkhand 4431 ft. above sea level. It is
the most sacred / adored place of the Jains. It is believed that
20 out of 24 Teerthankars attained their
Nirvana there. Both Shwetambar and Digamber Jains have their temples
Jaganathpur Temple & Hill
About 10 km. from Ranchi GPO is another sight seeing place where
the tourists can rejoice and worship. The old temple of Lord Jagannath,
built in 1961 in architectural style of Puri Temple stands like
a fort on top of the hill. A portion of the old temple has come
down and awaits renovation. Its car / chariot festival held in the
light part of Ashadh Mas draws a big crowd comprising of tribals
and non-tribals. HEC township nearby is an added attraction.
Baidyanathdham is a very famous Hindu pilgrimage. It is also called
DEOGHAR or the house of Gods and Godesses. Situated on the eastern
side of Bihar (now Jharkhand), this township is very close to the
Bengal border. Visitors from all over visit this important temple
where the Kamana Linga of Lord Shiva is placed. In the month of
`shrawan' devotees come in lacs, particularly on 'Mondays'. Many
of these devotees come walking after traversing a distance of some
100 kms on foot to pour the holy Ganga water on Kamana Linga brought
from Sultanganj. Baidyanathdham can be reached by train or road.
Jaisidih station, on the Howrah-Patna rail line of Eastern Railway
is just 7 kms away. Regular bus services from Ranchi and Patna are
available. From Bhagalpur this pilgrimage site is about 80 kms.
Satsang ashram (Deoghar)
Satsang ashram in Deoghar is one of the holiest of the holy places
for the followers ofSri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra who spent his
last 25 years of active life here. Satsong ashram was the center
from where Sri Sri Thakur's man-making programme was directed. Thus
a cluster of socio-industrial and cultural institutions have developed
at deoghar. A visit to the ashram would inexorably take one out
of the cobweb of mental blocks and would give one a feel of freedom,
peace and progress. It shows the way of communal harmony and peaceful
co-existence to the egocentric and trife torn world of today.
Sri Sri Thakur encouraged people to earn independent living with
innovative zeal and with concern for the environment. That is how
a number of small and integrated industrial activities are seen
within the premises of satsong ashram. There are literary activities,
which is seen in the form of a number of books and periodicals in
all languages. Jouranls like 'Alochana' and 'Saptarchee' (in Bengali),
'Ligate' and 'The See-ence' (in English), 'Urjana' (in Oriya), 'Aryayan'
(in Hindi) and a few more periodicals get regularly published from
this place and carry the message of 'living with peace and progress'
to the humanity.
Ashram attracts a large number of devotees everyday. Twice a year,
mass congregations take place; once on the occasion of Bengalee
New Year in the month of April and second in the aftermath of Dusserah
in October. Ashram operates it's spiritual and social mission through
a large number of messengers, known as ritwiks, who are nominated
workers by the order of Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra.
Anjan Gram is believed to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. Goddess
Anjani was the mother of Lord Hanuman on whose name this place has
been called Anjan Gram. A very ancient statue of Anjani mata is
situated inside the Anjani cave. Surrounded by the Netarhat hills
and the river Khatwa Anjan Gram is located at a distance of some
130 kms from Ranchi.
Itkhori block headquarters has a famous temple of Bhadrakali where
a happy mingling of Hindu,Jain andBudha deities may be seen. Budha
deity Tara can be seen here in black stone image. It also has an
inscription of the time of the king Mahendra pal Deva. Dr. Grierson
in his notes on Gaya District (pp.3,4) has given a description of
the Budhist stupa at Bhadrakali complex of Itkhori. A Pair of foot
prints is also visitable. It is associated with Sheetal Nath the
10th Trithankar of Jainism. It is also associated with Mallinath
the 19th Tirthanker and Parswanath the 23rd Tirthanker. The Hindus
worship goddess Kali as Bhadrakali. The whole area is full of historical
and cultural heritages.
Itkhori block is also famous for the image of goddess Bhagwati.
Goddess kali is worshiped here as Jagdamba. People flock here to
offer sacrifice and Mundan sanskar. It has a scenic beauty and is
a very good picnic spot.
Kauleshwari Devi Temple is situated on the top of kolhua hill at
the height of 1575' in Hunterganj block. It contains some ruined
temples and historical monuments. It is the place of pilgrimage
for the Hindus , the Buddhists and the jains Tirthankers. Its antiquity
goes back to 10th century B.C. Here figures of Gautam Budha in meditation
posture are also sculptured on the rock belonging to the period
of Harshvardhana who was an ardent follower of the Mahayana doctrine
of Budhism. There is a temple of Maa Kali known as Kauleshwari Devi
or Kuleshwari Devi the revered deity of the kol community. People
co-relate this place with epic age i.e. the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
On Basant Panchmi and Ram Navmi a large number of pilgrims flock
to the hill top for worship. It is a fascinating and enchanting
picnic spot with a very beautiful trekking of an hour duration.
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