Raipur is the capital of Chattisgarh and besides the business city it is also one of the tourist destinations. The major tourist attraction in Raipur is Turturiya Spring located in the Turturiya village surrounded by dense forest. This is also a valuable archeological site because of ruins dating back to the 8th century AD and the Brahmanical ruins belonging to a much later period. Besides this holy places like Champaran village which has immense religious importance is the birth place of the revered Saint Vallabhacharya, founder of the Vallabh sect. Laxman Temple of 7th century and Gandheswar Temple situated on the banks of the Mahanadi dedicated to Lord Shiva are other famous tourist attractions in Raipur.