Durg

Durg is a major city in Chhattisgarh state, central India east of the Seonath River (Shivnath River) and is part of the Durg-Bhilai urban agglomeration. The city is an agricultural market and heavily engaged in milling rice and pigeon peas. Durg gained importance as an industrial centre after the establishment of a large steel plant at Bhilai. Other industries include brass working and bell-metal working, oil pressing, mining and weaving. It is the headquarters of Durg District, the second largest district of Chhattisgarh in terms of population.

The city lies 317 metres (1,040 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 2,238 square kilometres (864 sq mi), of which 764 square kilometres (295 sq mi) is forest. (8.95% of the geographic area)

Durg District occupies the southwestern part of the Chhattisgarh plain and possesses belts of hilly country in the south, southwest and northwest, which are endowed with mineral resources and forests.

National Highway 53 (Mumbai – Nagpur – Kolkata) is the major highway of the district. Durg Junction is one of the major railway stations in the state, which is situated on the main line of the South Eastern Railway midway between Mumbai and Calcutta.Durg junction is one of the Busiest Railway Station in SECR Railway.Durg Junction is came under the the Raipur Division.Durg is in Top 100 booking Railway station in India.Durg is well connected to the major cities like Mumbai ,Delhi, Kolkata ,Pune ,Hyderabad By Road. The nearest airport is at Raipur, some 60 kilometres (37 mi) away.

The District occupies the southwestern part of the Upper Sheonath-Mahanadi valley and the bordering hills in the south and southwest. Physiographically, the District can be divided into two divisions, viz. the C.G. plain and the Southern plateau. The Chhattisgarh plain occupies the largest area in the District.

Durg generally has a dry tropical weather which is moderate but on a warmer side in summer season. The peak temperatures are usually reached in May/June and can be as high as 45C. The onset of monsoon is usually from July and the season extends up to September, with monsoon peaking during July and August. Maximum, Average & Minimum Rain fall Of District Durg are 1477.2 mm, 1071.16 mm and 781.5 mm per year respectively.

In ancient times Durg was part of ‘Dakshina’ or ‘Southern Kosala’. In the epic Ramayana, King Dasharatha Of Uttara Kosala married Kosalaya, the princess of Dakshnia Kosala. Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang visited Southern Kosala in the 7th Century and mentions that he found an Asokan tope in the capital city, indicating that the District was included in Ashoka’s Empire. There is a fourth century reference to this tract, on the noted Allahabad Pillar Inscription of Samudragupta. He claims that two kingdoms, Kosala and Mahakantara, succumbed to his southern expedition.

However, the first specific reference with regard to the word “Durg” comes from around the eighth century through two stone inscriptions found in Durg and later deposited in the Raipur Museum. The first inscription mentions the name of a king Shiva Deva. The second inscription associates the name of Sivapura (the capital of Shivadeva) with that of Shiva Durga, indicating thereby that during Shivadeva’s reign the town and the fort were separate. The present name “Durg” is evidently a contraction of the old shivadurga, which he built. The river on whose banks stands the present town is also called “Shiva River”. With the coming of the Kalachuri dynasty of Tripuri in 1182, Durg came under their kingdom. From then on it remained under the Kalachuries, till 1742 when the Marathas deposed them.

In 1818, after the Marathas lost the IIIrd Anglo- Maratha War, the tract of Chhattisgarh passed into British hands. Caption Edmonds was the First British Officer posted in Chhattisgarh as Collector and Magistrate to carry on the administration. For the purpose of Administration Durg was attached to Bhandara District (now in Maharashtra) but in 1857 it was separated and made into a tehsil of Raipur district to which it remained attached till 1906.

In 1906 Durg was created as a separate district. The Collectorate building was built in 1907. Interestingly, cement was not used in the construction of the collectorate building, instead a mixture of limestone, gum, sand and fruit pulp was used as the binding agent. Today even though 100 years have gone by, the collectorate building stands strong as it might have been built yesterday. Soon after, 350 acres (140 ha) of land from Kasaridih Village, was acquired by the government to build official residences. It is on this land that we find today’s Civil Lines, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla Stadium, Chaupati, Company Garden, New Bus Stand, Polytecnic College and the Law College. The First Collector Of Durg was Shri S. M. Chitnabees. It is in his memory that the road from Kucheri to the Railway Station has been named “Chitnabees Road”. During the freedom struggle, Durg was a hot bed of nationalist activities. Almost all the prominent leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Jawahalal Nehru and Dr. Rajendra Prasad visited Durg during the freedom struggle. Freedom fighters like Shri Ram Prasad Deshmukh & his son Shri Laxman Singh Deshmukh from village Khamtarai (Distt. Durg) participated in struggle for freedom & sent to jail many times by Britishers.

The metro train project is announced by state government.The train will be running between Durg-Bhilai-Naya Raipur. The survey of the metro train is completed.

Durg is well connected to all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kanpur, Allahabad, Agra, Patna, Bhopal, Raipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Nagpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc. Durg railway station is a major station of SECR. About 100 trains start/terminate/pass through Durg Junction. Most of the trains start/terminate/pass daily, whereas some express trains pass through Durg Junction in the scheduled day of the week only. Durg railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.

Swami Vivekanand airport is the nearest airport situated at Raipur, 55 kilometres (34 mi) from Durg.

The city bus service has been started.Ac buses are started which provide daily service to Raipur Airport.

Pandwani the musical narration of the epic Mahabharata, “Raut Nacha” (performed basically by Yadav caste)

Hindi Bhawan is a noted ancient building now converted into a nagar nigam office.

Durg District Court building is an old building with a British architecture.

The Jain temples of Nagpura are well known for their grand construction and carvings. A naturopathy centre also runs in Nagpura where patients come from different parts of country for naturopathy treatment.

Chandi Mandir is located in the heart of Durg city and is a well known destination for pilgrims. Chandi mata is worshipped by all castes and religions of Durg and nearby places.

Bambleshwari Temple, in Dongargarh (60 km)
Barfani dham, in Rajnandgav
pragyagiri, in Dongargarh