Raipur district is a district in the Chhattisgarh state of India. Raipur is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district is rich in mineral resources. There are many wild life sanctuaries and sight seeing places worth visiting. The district has the population of 30 lakhs.
As of 2011 it is the most populous district of Chhattisgarh (out of 27).
Raipur district was once part of Southern Kosal and considered to be under Maurya Kingdom. Raipur city had been the capital of the Haihaya Kings, controlling the traditional forts of Chhattisgarh for a long time. The town of Raipur has existed since the 9th century, the old site and ruins of the fort can be seen in the southern part of the city. Satawahana Kings ruled this part till the 2nd-3rd century AD.
It is situated between 22° 33′ N to 21°14’N Latitude and 82° 6′ to 81° 38’E Longitude. It occupies the south eastern part of the upper Mahanadi River valley and the bordering hills in the south and the east. Thus, the district is divided into two major physical divisions: the Chhattisgarh plains and the hilly areas.
To the north is Bilaspur District. To the south is Dhamtari District and Gariaband District. To the east is Mahasamund District and to the west is Durg District.
The Mahanadi River is the principal river of this district.
Places of worship
There are many temples in the city some are here Dudhadhari Mandir Shri Jagannath Mandir, Gayatri Nagar Raipur Shri Digambar Jain Mandir (Mahavir Vihar),Fafadih, Raipur banjari mandir near birgaon sardani darbar near devpuri on dhamtari raod sarwa dharma temple in railway station.
Kanha National Park, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Amarkantak, Bhoramdeo Temple, Dongargarh, Setganga, Sirpur, Champaran, Rajim, Chitrakot Falls, Indravati National Park, Kanger Valley National Park, Gangrel Dam and Murrum Silli Dam are the other nearby attractions.