Chhattisgarh, as it seems, is India’s best-kept secret! The place has so much potential you would be surprised how come no one knows! Maybe it’s a good thing, maybe it’s not. The trademark slogan “Chhattisgarh – Full of Surprises” is totally apt and describes the exact feeling one would experience there.
So, here we have 10 amazing facts about Chhattisgarh!
India’s biggest waterfall is situated in Bastar, Chhattisgarh.
One of the most impressive attractions of Chhattisgarh is the Chitrakoot Falls, located 50 km from Jagdalpur, in the Bastar district, and 273 km from Raipur. River Indravati flows down perennially from the Vindhya mountain ranges and gives rise to these waterfalls, which are a major tourist attraction, especially during the rainy season. The Chitrakoot waterfalls appear to be in the shape of a horse-shoe. Positioned at a height of about 100 feet, Chitrakoot Falls are the largest waterfalls in India.
The state is called the ‘Rice Bowl of India’ as it ranks number 1 in the production of the crop in the country.
Another important fact about Chhattisgarh is that it also ranks first in coal production.
Chhattisgarh has the perfect geological set up to host a number of economically crucial minerals. Large deposits of coal, iron ore, limestone, bauxite, and dolomite are found in various parts of the state. Districts of North Chhattisgarh such as Surguja, Raigarh, Koriya, and Bilaspur are known for huge coal deposits. The state has 46682 million tones reserve in coal. In 2009-10 the state produced 110 million tones of coal. In fact, Chhattisgarh ranks first among states in the production of coal. The rich deposits of coal have attracted huge investment in the power sector and in the coming years, the state will emerge as major power supplier to the national grid.
50% of the population is constituted by SC / ST people.
The State of Chhattisgarh was constituted on 1st November 2000, with sixteen districts
carved out from the erstwhile composite State of Madhya Pradesh. It became the 26th State of
Indian Union. The Scheduled Caste (SC) population of Chhattisgarh is 2,418,722 as per 2001
census constituting 11.6 percent of the total population (20,833,803). It holds the 16th position
among all the States and UTs as far as the SC number is concerned. The decadal growth of SC
population has been 12.6 percent which is 5.7 percent lower than the growth of the State
Another very interesting fact about Chhattisgarh is that it accounts for 70% of Tendu leaves production.
Chhattisgarh has been credited with producing the best quality of tendu leaves. The potential of production of Tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh is approximately 20 lacs standard bags annually, which is nearly 20 percent of the total Tendu leaves the production of the country. The collection season is from the third week of April to last week of May. The collection season starts earlier in the Southern part of the state in comparison to the Northern part of the state. These leaves are used to make ‘Bidis’.
10th the largest state in India.
Chhattisgarh (Chhattīsgaṛh, translation: Thirty-Six Forts) is one of the 29 states of India, located in the center-east of the country. It is the tenth-largest state in India, with an area of 135,191 km2 (52,198 sq mi). With a population of 25.5 million, Chhattisgarh is the 17th-most populated state in the country.
Chhattisgarh houses the biggest market for steel in India.
The Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), located in Bhilai, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, is India’s first and main producer of steel rails, as well as a major producer of wide steel plates and other steel products. The plant also produces steel and markets various chemical by-products from its coke ovens and coal chemical plant. It was set up with the help of the USSR in 1955. Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) is the eleven-time winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for a best-integrated steel plant in the country. The plant is the sole supplier of the country’s longest rail tracks, which measure 260 meters (850 ft). The 130 – meter rail, which would be the world’s longest rail line in a single piece, was rolled at URM, Bhilai Steel Plant(SAIL) on 29 November 2016.
A treasure house of Tribal Culture
The place is an amazing treasure house of age-old tribal culture and history. Not to forget the world famous bell metal handicrafts and terracotta items. With many tribes like Gond, Pando, Korwa, Bheel, Kamar, Baiga, Abujhmar who live in Chhattisgarh. Every one of them has separate customs and lifestyle which truly make Chhattisgarh an amalgamation of cultures!
More to Women Power!
We have a high Sex Ratio of 991/1000 putting it at 5th among Indian states. Talk about diversity, we are practicing it and setting an example for the Nation.
Home Of Kosa Silk
Kosa silk is obtained from an Indian silkworm – Antheraea mylitta and is a variety of Tussar silk. It is drawn out of cocoons which are specially grown on specific trees known as Arjun, Saja and Sal. Kosa silk is known for its sturdiness and is preferred to pure silk in the state of Chhattisgarh. Two places namely, Korba and Champa in the Chattisgarh state of India are known for producing high-quality Kosa Silk. The Kosa silk produced in “Champa” is treated as the best silk all over the world and exported in many countries.