Raipur (thestates.news): MP Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra along with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today visited the historical and archaeological city of Sirpur located in Mahasamund district. MP Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi saw the world famous Laxman Devalaya temple. They also visited the Surang Tila and Tivardeo Vihar. During the visit, MP Rahul Gandhi met the members of Patel family near Tivar Dev Vihar.
It is noteworthy that Sirpur is an archaeological site located on the banks of Mahanadi river. In the ancient times, Sirpur used to be a huge city and was known as Shreepur. Shreepur was the capital of Dakshin Kosala between the fifth and eighth centuries. Sirpur has a unique collection of diverse cultural and architectural heritage. The Somvanshi kings had constructed the Ram temple and the Laxman temple in this ancient city. The ancient Laxman temple which is made of bricks is a world famous tourist destination. Moreover,ancient Buddhist monasteries have also been found in excavation here. This place has been the center of Vaishnava, Shaiva, Jain and Buddhist cultures as well. On this occasion, Advisor to Chief Minister Pradeep Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary Vinod Sevanlal Chandrakar, Chairman of Sirpur Development Authority Satish Jaggi, Collector Nilesh Kumar Mahadev Kshirsagar and other dignitaries were present