Sirpur is a village located in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, which is at a distance of 90 km from the state capital Raipur. The village houses a popular shrine dedicated to Lakshmana. Sirpur was once known as Sripura, which served as an important centre during the rule of South Kosalas over Sarabhapuriyas and Panduvamsis from 6th to 8th century AD.
About the Temple
Sirpur is an archeologically important site which consists of various ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries. Among these monuments, stands the most preserved temple of Lakshmana, facing the direction east. This temple is believed to have been built by Vasata Devi, the mother of King Mahasivagupta Balarjuna during the 7th century AD.
This temple is primarily dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Made of brick, the temple stands on a huge raised platform that is accessible by steps from the north and south directions. The original temple premise had a garbagriha, antarala and a mandapa. That was once upheld by strong pillars which is ruined now. The doorframes are beautifully cared with figures of Seshasayi Vishnu and his other incarnations. The Lakshmana temple is one of the finest temples built with bricks of India. The temple also serves as the backdrop of the famous Sirpur Music and Dance Festival that is conducted every year in the month of January.
How To Reach Sirpur
The airport located nearest to Sirpur is the Raipur airport. Domestic flights are available to many major cities of India from here. Sirpur can reached by rail or road from Raipur.
The nearest railway station is situated at Mahasamund, which is around 29Kms away from Sirpur.
Sirpur lies at a distance of 78 kms from Raipur, the capital of Chhatisgarh. NH 6 connects Raipur with Sirpur. A number of buses connect Raipur with Sirpur enroute Sambalpur.
SH 9, Sirpur, Mahasamund District,
Pincode – 493445.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.