Champaranya (earlier known as Champajhar) is a small but famous village as it’s the birthplace of the saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. A beautiful temple has been constructed in honor of this great saint, which has enhanced the religious holiness of the place. The temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva is another attraction at Champaranya, worth visiting on your Champaranya Tour. It is now generally regarded as a Vaishnava peeth (pilgrim site). The temple complex is also referred to as Sudamapuri. The shrine attracts large number of pilgrims, mostly Gujaratis during the Hindu month of Shravan.
The modern temple complex uses marble in its interiors to exude the feeling of peace and serenity. A long Corridor with multicolored arches and pillars takes you to the inner courtyard where a series of marble statues depicts the saint in various phases of his life.
This fair reflects the rich culture of the region. Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya was born here and the mela attracts Vaishnavas from all over the country. Held every year during January and February in a town 10 km from Rajim.
Chhattisgarh was the region known as Dakshin Koshal, which finds mention in both the Ramayana and Mahabharata
Raipur is the nearest airport from Champaranya.
Raipur is the nearest railway station on the Bombay- Howrah Main Line.
Champaranya is easily accessible by road from Raipur (60-68 km) both via Arang and via Rajim. Regular Buses are available from Raipur and Arang (25 km).