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About Narayanpur

Counted amongst one of the fast developing regions of Chhattisgarh, Narayanpur town is one of the newly formed district headquarter of Narayanpur district. With its creation on 11th May, 2007 Narayanpur became 27th district of Chhattisgarh. After it was separated from Bastar district, the total area of the district remained 6640 km². The district comprises of 366 villages and is currently a part of the Red corridor that is area effected by Maoists. Narayanpur is the least populous district of Chhattisgarh state. The Narayanpur district shares its borders with Kanker district, Bijapur district, Bastar district, Dantewada district and Gadchiroli district. This region is home to the Primitive Tribal Group Madia Gond and Muriya Gond. The Narayanpur district is surrounded by beautiful dense forests, hills, mountains, waterfalls, streams and caves. One can have a glimpse of art and culture of ancient Bastariyas.

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Culture of Narayanpur

The land of Narayanpur is dominated by indigenous tribes like Halba, Bhatra, Dhruva, Muria, Maria and Gond Tribe. The tribals still prefer to live deep inside the dense forest and avoid socializing with other people so that they can preserve their art and culture. Each tribe in this district has their own unique culture and traditions. Each tribe also has its own dialect. Every tribe differs from each other in their customs, traditions, eating habits and also in worshipping different Gods and Goddesses. The tribals from this region are the first ones to start working on metals and creating beautiful figurines of their gods, animals, carts and oil lamps.

Art and Crafts of Narayanpur

The hand crafts made by the tribal of this region are famous all over the state. Their work grabs the attention of the connoisseur and the art enthusiasts from all over the world. Their carvings on the iron show the ways of life, gods and nature, animal and carts. The carvings are done on the iron metal by forging and hammering. The processes are done using basic hand tools and furnace burnt with coal. The iron metal is first heated in furnace and then bent to the desired shape by hammering. This is an age old method of carving. The most popular pieces of art from this region are the wall hangings of different sizes and shapes. The items of Dhokra handicrafts are also popular home décor from this region. The making of Dhokra handicrafts needs a lot of precision and skill. Dhokra handicrafts are made from beeswax, cow dung, red soil and paddy husk. The wires of beeswax are used widely to decorate the artifacts. The artifacts of Dhokra handicraft and the metal artwork are priceless.

Demography of Narayanpur

As per the latest census of 2011, the total population of the district is 140,206. The district is roughly as big as Saint Lucia. The population density of the district is 20 inhabitants per square kilometer and the growth of population over the decade has been 19.49%. The sex ration in the Narayanpur district is 998 females for every 1000 males. The literacy rate in the district is 49.59%. The new recorded population of the district is 150,771 which include the population of Handawada area. Earlier the population of this region was added to the population of Bijapur district.

Economy of Narayanpur

Agriculture is the main contributor to the economy in this region. Kharif crops are grown here. Rice is the most prominent crop grown by the farmers of the region. Other crops include maize, jowar, arhar and urad. During the Rabi season, crops like til, moong, alsi, mustard and gram are grown. Because no modern agriculture techniques are used, the production of agriculture is very low. Other than agriculture there is no other source of employment in this region which makes the people poor. And for the agriculture land, irrigation provides water only to an extent of 1.2 % of land.

Tourism in Narayanpur

Narayanpur which lies 13 km towards the north west of Rampurhat, has few tourist attractions for the tourists. The Shiva temple in Narayanpur is one of the most beautiful attractions that region offers. The temple has beautiful erotic carvings that date back to ancient period. The architecture of the temple and the entrance mesmerize the visitors.Narayan mela which means fair is the main attraction for the tourists. Even though the celebration is termed as mela, it is in fact not a fair but a festival that is celebrated traditionally by the tribes of the region. The mela is held in the month of February by the tribal of the region. The festival is celebration of happiness and show the merriment. The tribal deities are worshipped with devotion. The happiness and celebrations of the tribal people during this festival is boundless. People drink and dance to the rhythmic music made by playing the drums. The dance is beautiful and is a treat to watch. The cheerfulness and the elation of the tribal people give us an insight in to the living of the tribes of this region.

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