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The mystery Ganesha statue of Dholkal Hill, Chhattisgarh

The mystery Ganesha statue of Dholkal Hill, Chhattisgarh

Imagine a small, mysterious shrine located atop a hill in the middle of a dense forest. Dholkal Ganesh is a beautiful spot located 3000 feet high in the Bailadila Mountain ranges in District Dantewada.  A 3 Feet beautiful stone idol of Lord Ganesha believed to be made during the Naga dynasty between 10th and 11th centuries is the main attraction of the site. Located 13 KMs from the district HQ Dantewada, this spot is the heaven for nature lovers, and for those who love to trek amidst lush green hillocks. 

As per the locals’ belief, a battle occurred between Lord Ganesha and sage Parashurama on Dholkal hill a long time back. This was a fierce battle in which Parashurama attacked Ganesha with his farsa or axe. That’s how the village located at the base of the hill came to be called Farsapal. As for who won the battle between the two personalities, it is still a mystery.

In memory of the battle between Parashurama and Ganesha, the kings of Chindak Nagvanshi dynasty set a stone idol of Lord Ganesha at the hilltop in the 11th century. The 2.5 to 3 ft idol has been carved in the shape of a dholak, a musical instrument commonly used in classical music; hence, the hill has been named dholkal.

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