Sirpur is located at a distance of 77 km from Raipur.It was the
capital of Daxin Mahakaushal ( i.e. Chhattisgarh) situated on the bank
of Mahanadi. The modern Sirpur, which contains the remains of the
ancient and medieval Buddhist era, is one of the most treasured places
for the Buddhists and historians.
Lakshman Temple : The 7th century Laxman Temple (dedicated to lord
Vishnu) is considered as one of the finest brick temples of India with a
stone doorframe.Built by Vatasa, the mother of King Balarjuna, the
Lakshman temple is dedicated to the Hindu lord Vishnu. The temple, rich
in magnificent medieval Indian architecture, is still a place of worship
for the Hindus.
Hirapur Museum : The Hirapur museum, which is located at the back of
the Lakshmana temple, contains a rare collection of statues representing
the culture of various religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
The most interesting feature of the Sirpur is that archeological
objects associated with the various sects and religions like Shaiv,
Vaishnav, Jain and Buddhism (of approximately the same age) have been
found side by side. Buddha Vihar, Swastik Vihar, Laxman Temple and the
Museum are the main attractions of Sirpur.