About Surajpur

Situated in one of the most remote and culturally and ethnically diverse states of India, Surajpur is the gateway into the heart of India. The administrative headquarters of the Surajpur district, it is located in the north of the state of Chhattisgarh, one of the newly formed states of India. Like most other places in India, the ideal time to visit Surajpur and the tourist attractions in its vicinity is from November to March, when the weather remains moderate and pleasant.

About Surajpur
Surajpur

Geography of Surajpur

The district of Surajpur is located in the state of Chhattisgarh, a short distance away from the border of Mardhya Pradesh. It is surrounded by Koriya district on its west, Korba in the south, Surguja and Balrampur in the East and on the north with the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Geographical location of Surajpur city is 23.22°N 82.85°E. It is situated at a mildly high altitude of 528 metres (1,732 ft) from the sea level with the total area of 2,786.68sqkm. There are six Tehsils (Taluks) in the Surajpur district, which are: Pratappur, Odagi, Bhaiya Than, Surajpur, Ramanuj Nagar, Prem Nagar. Surajpur town is located at a distance of 256km from the State Capital Raipur, along the river Rihand.

Climate of Surajpur

Although the state of Chhattisgarh has been blessed with abundance of natural forest and ecological diversity, being a tropical region, the climate of the state is usually on the higher side. This remins despite of the presence of hills and thick woods. Surajpur is no exception. Like the rest of Chhatisgarh, Surajpur experiences hot and humid climate. There are three main seasons; Summer, Monsoon and Winter. The summers are usually boiling hot with the mercury regularly touching 45°C. The normal rainfall between the months of June and Septmber, the months of the South – West monsoon is around 1056.8mm. The total number of rainy days are around 57 in this period. The North – East monsoon ends by mid December. Winter arrives in December and lasts until March, when the temperatures begin to rise.

Administration of Surajpur

The town of Surajpur is the district administrative headquarters of Surajpur district and is a Nagar Palika. The district of Surajpur was formed on the occasion of the Independence Day of India on 15th of August, 2011 along with eight other districts. Mr. G.R. Churendra is the current District Collector of the district, hailing from Balod in Chhattisgarh.

Collector, Surajpur District From 26-06-2014
Sri G.R. Churendra
Email ID : churendra.gr@nic.in
http://surajpur.gov.in/#

Population of Surajpur

As per the Population Census of 2011, the population of the city of Surajpur is 20,189 of which 10,430 are males and 9,759 are females. The female sex ratio in the Surajpur Municipality is 936, which is lower than the state average of 991 (per 1000). However, the child sex ratio is quite lower at 867 whereas the state average of child sex ratio is much higher at 969 (per 1000). The total child population (age 0 – 6) of Surajpur is 2,649. The total population of Scheduled Tribes amounts to 15.34 % of the total population, while the population of the Scheduled Castes makes up for about 6.45% of the total population in the Surajpur Municipality.The literacy rate, according to the 2011 Census is relatively high at 79.89% which is higher than the state average of 70.28%. Out of the total Literacy, male literacy is around 86.74% while female literacy is considerably lower at 72.66%.

Employment in Surajpur

Out of the total population of 20,189 about 6,810 have been employed or engaged in work and economic activity. The number of working men is higher at 5,408 than the number of women engaged in work, which is 1,402. Out of the total employed population of 6,810, 83.80% have fulltime work while 11.55 are marginal workers.

Culture of Surajpur

More than 40% of the state of Chhattisgarh is covered in forests and hence is home to a number of tribes. There are several local and tribal languages in Chhatisgarh. However, in the cities like Surajpur, Chhattisgarhi is spoken by the commoners alongside Hindi, while English is also spoken in the region, but to a lesser extent. The majority of native residents of Surajpur belong to various ethnic and tribal groups with a rich cultural heritage and history. Being an agriculture based economy, all the traditional festivals related to agriculture are celebrated with much fervour here. Due to the urbanisation of late, one can see a blend of traditional and cultural values with the modern ones, especially in the way people dress.

Tourism in Surajpur

Surajpur is a peaceful, scenic place surrounded by hills, a river and a water reservoir. Famous for its handloom and weaving industry, Surajpur also has up its sleeve some interesting temples in the region. Offering a perfect blend of the modern and the ethnic, this town is an ideal place for those who want to satiate their thirst for some cultural and spiritual tourism. There are many places of tourist interest in Surajpur.

Kudargarh

Devoted to the goddess Maa Bageshwari also known as Ma Kundargarhi Devi the temple is built atop a small hill. Kundargarh is a famous religious and spiritual centre and is one of the most famous temples in the region . It is located at a short distance of about 25km from the city of Surajpur and is connected by a well maintained road. If you are making the trip for spiritual reasons, the best time to visit the temple is during the Navaratras. However, if you just want to enjoy its unique location in the woods, the ideal time to visit is November to March.

Shiv Temple

Around 60km from the city of Surajpur is Pratappur, from where the temple of Shiv can be reached. The temple is in the village called Shivpur, at about a distance of 4km from Pratappur. This temple is famous for the Mahapuja, or big religious ceremonies devoted to the god Shankara, or Shiva on the occasion of Shivratri and Vasant Panchami.

Mahamaya Mandir

One of the oldest temples in the region and one of the most revered and respected one, the Mahamaya Mahndir is located at a distance of about 41km from the Surajpur city. Devotees from faraway lands throng to the temple for the blessings of the Mahamaya Devi. Although the temple is a little far from the city, there is a daily free bus service which the pilgrims can avail and it is provided by the Bhakt Mandaly from Surajpur. The temple is decorated extensively during Navaratra and there are huge religious ceremonies everyday.

Other Places of Tourist Interest in Surajpur

Visitors to Surajpur can also travel to the local markets to taste the delicious local, ethnic food, or buy some ethnic wear made on handlooms in the local shops. Or they can just go for a quiet sojourn to the Sarassore reservoir, a beautiful lake surrounded by hills and trees. Those, who are on a spiritual mission, can also visit the Hanuman Mandir, located near the Aggarwal Dharamshala in the in city.

Utility Services in Surajpur

No matter where you are travelling, it is always good to have the phone numbers and addresses of the police, medical services in the region. Following are the details of some of the important public services in Surajpur.

Police in Surajpur

Name: Shri. Balajirao Somavar
Address: Superintendent of Police Surajpur
Office of the Superintendent of Police
Surajpur Police Distt., Chhattisgarh
Phone No: 07775 – 266265

Banks in Surajpur

As Surajpur is a rapidly developing city, and also a centre for agricultural market, a lot of trade activity takes place in the marketplace of this town. From the handloom industry to the grains, fruits and vegetables, it is bustling place for traders of wholesale and retail goods. Several banks have their branches in the busy city of Surajpur.

State Bank of India
Branch: Surajpur
IFSC Code: SBIN0000576
MICR Code: 497002051
Branch Code: 000576
Address: Main Road, NH 78, Surajpur, Chhattisgarh 497229, India
Phone No: 07775 - 266328, 266134

HDFC Bank Ltd / ATM
Branch: Surajpur
IFSC Code: HDFC0002147
MICR Code: 497240501
Branch Code: 002147
Address: Main Road, Opposite State Bank Of India, Surajpur, Chhattisgarh 497229, India
Phone No: +91 98936 03333

Union Bank of India
Branch: Surajpur
IFSC Code: UBIN0567671
Branch Code: 567671
Address: Lajpat Rai Pawan Kumar Main Road Surajpur Chhattisgarh, 497229, India
Phone No: +91 80855 70075

Bank of India (BOI)
Branch: Surajpur
IFSC Code: BKID0009382
MICR Code: 497013503
Branch Code: 009382
Address: Main Road, Surajpur, Chhattisgarh 497229, India
Phone No: +91 77752 66409

Postal Services in Surajpur

Even with the advent of the internet, mobile and telephone, the postal services continue to play an important role in our lives. From courier to Speed Post, from marriage invitations to job applications, the postal services are still one of the most utilised public services in India, more so in the rural and semi urban regions, where telephony and internet have yet to penetrate.

Indian Post
Surajpur S.O. (Sub Office)
Address: Surajpur
Phone: 07775 – 266322

Madhur Courier Services
Working Hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 am to 09:00 pm
Address: Main Road, Surajpur
Phone: +(91)-9826178484

Healthcare Services in Surajpur

Nobody can predict sickness, or a sudden injury. Whether you are a resident of the town or just a traveller staying in the town for a few days, having the phone numbers and addresses of the better hospitals in the region always comes handy. Here are the details of some of the hospitals in Surajpur where you can avail medical services. You can also avail the medical services in Ambikapur, which is at a short distance of about 30km from Surajpur.

Surajpur District Hospital
Address: NH 78, Surajpur, Chhattisgarh 497229

Maternity Hospital
Address: Main Road, NH 78 Surajpur, Chhattisgarh 497229

Holy Cross Hospital, Ambikapur
Address: Ambikapur, Surajpur District, Chhattisgarh – 497001
Phone: 07774-223 733, 09752823555
Emergency: 108

Sanjivani Eye Care
Working Hours: Monday to Saturday: 09:30 am to 06:30 pm
Address: Ring Road, Ambikapur Ho, Ambikapur, Surajpur, Chhattisgarh – 497001
Phone: +91 94250 75050

Jeevan Jyoti Hospital
Working Hours: Monday to Sunday: 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
Address: Ring Road, Ambikapur Ho, Ambikapur, Surajpur, Chhattisgarh – 497001
Phone: +91 94250 75050

Transport in Surajpur

Surajpur is one of the upcoming and rapidly developing city and travelling to Surajpur is fairly easy. National Highway 78 runs right through the city of Surajpur and connects it to the nearby towns as well as major towns such as Raipur, Bilaspur , Raigarh, Katni, Nagpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Ranchi, Kolkata, Bhuwneshwar, Cuttak. There are a number of state transport as well as private operated bus services.Surajpur has its own railway station: The Surajpur Road Railway Station (SJQ) is located at the distance of just 6km from the city. From this station, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is the best connected major city. One can travel to a nearby railway station of Ambikapur, which is better connected to major cities including Raipur, the state capital. By Air the nearest Airport is the Raipur airport, in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. Raipur is well connected with various major Indian cities and daily flight services ply between them.

Surajpur at a glance

Country : India
State : Chhattisgarh
District : Surajpur
Languages
• Official : Hindi, Surgujiha
Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN : 497229
Telephone code : 07775

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