Talagram is a small village in Chhattisgarh about 30 kilometers from Bilaspur. It is also known as Ameri-kapa gram. Located on the banks of River Maniyari, this village came into limelight with its excavations dating back to the 5th century. The architectural splendors unearthed in the area registered it on the tourist map. A picturesque treasure known as Deorani-Jethani Temple was discovered. A divine idol of Lord Shiva is one unique treasure in this excavation. Known as Rudra Shiv, the idol is in excellent condition. The 6th century idol is the only one known of its kind in the world. The amazing statue with a height of 7 ft and width of 4 ft presently makes home in the temple. It weighs about 8 tons. The Rudra Shiva idol is an artistic assembly of different animals and insects and has many human faces on its body. People round the globe come to view this statue more than the temple. Many areas of the temple complex lies in utter devastation but their grandeur still shines through.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Talagram is in Raipur. The Swami Vivekananda International Airport is 140 kilometers from the town. The domestic airport is well-connected with cities all over India. Frequent flight connections are available anywhere in India. From the airport regular services of state bus, AC and non-AC cabs and taxis are available.
The nearest railway station is Bilaspur. The Chhattisgarh city is the zonal head office of south east central railway. From the railways station, Talagram is 30 kilometers.
By Road Talagram is well connected from Bilaspur. Regular buses, ac and non ac taxis ply on the route. Bilaspur city is well connected by all national highways and major roads of India.
Best time to visit
November to February is the best time to visit to visit. The village enjoys pleasant weather in these months. Talagram faces harsh summers. Monsoons dampen the sightseeing activities. Winters is a good time to visit.