About KharodKharod is a quaint and small town located in the Janjgir-Champa district of Chhattisgarh. There are some parts of the town that serve both as a town and a Nagar Panchayat as well. Kharod is one such town. Kharod is situated at an altitude of two hundred and thirty nine meters. As per the2001 India census, this town had a population of 8606. The number of males here constituted 50% of the population and females 50%. Kharod has an average literacy rate of 60%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 46%. The town is located at an altitude of two hundred and thirty nine meters.
History of KharodIt is said that Alexander Cunningham had come to this town around 1873-74 and described its antiquities. According to him, Kharod derives its name from Khara and Dushana. These were the two demons of Ramayana period. These two demons are also supposed to be the brothers of Ravana and used to live with three other three brothers in this region. According to this legend, Turturia, where Jaba (one of the brothers) stayed a war between Rama and Khara-Dushana took place. This has been marked with a bat tree as per local traditions.
There is another legend that states that these temples at Kharod were made by king Ashwa Dhwaj, the brother of king Tamra Dhwaj of Ratanpur. However, according to some of the inscriptions at Kharod, its antiquity goes back to the times of the Panduvamshis of Kosala, seventh century CE. The inscription refers to Isanadeva, who was an early Panduvamshi king. Hence it is possible that the town was made under before Tivaradeva conquered Sripura (modern Sirpur) from the successors of the Sarabhapuriyas.
Places to see in Kharod
Even though it is a small town, Kharod does offer a lot of sightseeing and historical monuments. Here are some of them-
Lakhneshvar TempleLakhneshvar Temple continues to be one of the oldest temples in the area where inscription of King Isanadeva of Panduvamshi dynasty is there. It is believed that the temple was made around the same time. There are also some inscription here, which date back to Kalchuri king Ratnadeva III. Lord Shiva is worshipped in this temple in the lingam form.
Shavari TempleAnother old temple, which is a popular tourist spot in Kharod is the Shavari Temple. Over the years, this temple has undergone many renovations and it still has some of the ancient states preserved. The goddess worshipped here is known as Shavari Mata and the temple is decoratively done up.
Andaldeo TempleAndaldeo Temple is another popular spot for the tourists and the locals too. It statues of many river goddesses, which include the likes of the Ganga and Yamuna at the entrance, while on the inside are lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu.
How to reach KharodKharod can be reached by 60 kms Journey from Bilaspur. You can reach Kharod by air from Raipur Airport. It is about 155 Kms NE from Raipur by car.
Hospitals in KharodThere is no doubt that emergencies, especially medical ones can strike at any point of time. Here are some of the hospitals in Kharod:
Address: Cha Cha Hotel Chokdi, Panoli Road, Near Public School, District Bharuch, Kharod
Phone: 2646 650 655
Address: Janjgir Rd, Kharod, Chhattisgarh 495556
Hotels in KharodBeing comfortable is very important and thus there are plenty of lodges and guest houses around and in the town of Kharod. Some of these are-
Cha Cha Hotel
Address: National Highway 8, Kharod
Phone: +91 2646 276 116
Hotel Dream Point
Address: NH 200, Janjgir, Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh
Phone: +91 78172 22060
Hotel Aman Palace
Address: Link Road, Sheorinarayan
Phone: +91 93021 40181
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