Where the Maniyari and Shivnath rivers converge, the Shaivites will exert dominance. However, the legends of the Ramayana dominate the region as a whole. It was communicated to us that Tala is renowned for its Tantric practices. Two temples to Devrani Jethani are located here. Devrani Jethani Temple, a Chhattisgarh tourist attraction in Bilaspur.

Here are the remnants of two antiquated sanctuaries. Both are situated within a few meters of one another and are colloquially referred to as the Devrani Jethani temples. According to legend, they were constructed for the spouses of two royal siblings.

The Jethani Tower

The temple of Jethani, also known as the Elder Sister-in-Law, has collapsed entirely. Presently, the temple’s foundation is composed of stones that are stacked atop one another, revealing their intricate engravings at awkward angles. The elephants that would have adorned the entrance are visible. The carved pillars that would have supported the ceiling are visible. Furthermore, the ceiling has ascended due to the force of gravity.

The temple of Jethani, also known as the Elder Sister-in-Law, has collapsed entirely

Devrani Basilica

Devrani, also referred to as the temple of the junior sister-in-law, retains its foundational platform and the flight of stairs that ascend to the principal shrine. The door jamb has withstood the test of time as if it were still standing, providing a view into the possible appearance of the temple. Intricate carvings encircle the object. The thick walls are adorned with intricately carved human and lion features, which likely convey narratives or scenes. Its corners are intricately sculpted rosette braids featuring a variety of designs. Straight panels adorned with lotus rosettes are also present. Amalaka is positioned atop the pillars, while Puran Ghatak is situated at their base.

The upper panel depicts celestial figures, while the lower panel contains unrecognizable but likely divine-owned figures. Outside the temple, there are panels depicting dancing men with disproportionately short legs, as well as the figure of Ganesha. The majority of these stones were assembled at random, so it is impossible to determine whether or not they all belonged to the same temple. The architectural design of the temple appears to be such that ascending one level elevates one to the Sanctum Sanctorum or Garbh-Griha at its apex. It is challenging to speculate regarding the type of Shikhara or superstructures that the temples may have possessed based on the remains. However, its positioning between Orissa and Khajuraho suggests that it is likely in the Nagar architectural style.

The Siddhanath Shri Ashram

The temple The Siddhanath Shri Ashram

In order to access these temples, one must traverse a series of comparatively recent temples. Late in 2008, this structure bearing the inscription “Shri Siddhanath Ashram” was erected behind an arch. Pallet Shikharas, which are characteristically white triangular structures, flank more recent temples. Some of the sculptures unearthed from the site are displayed in a modest improvised museum.

Frayed sculptures have been reassembled utilizing cement that does not match. Certainly, conservation agencies are capable of performing better. Not a single piece of documentation exists regarding these sculptures. Even the exposition boards that describe the temples require repainting. Additionally, it might be beneficial for visitors from outside the state if they are composed in English. It is said that these temples were constructed along the margins of the River Maniyari.