Ganga Maiya, Jhalmala
Location: The sacred abode dedicated to Hindu goddess Durga namely ‘Ganga Maiya’ is mesmerizing and obliging the souls of numerous reverent devotees while standing in Jhalmala near Balod in Durg District of Chhattisgarh.
Presiding deity: Goddess Durga
Pious occasion to visit the temple: Navaratri (in the months of Chaitra and Kunwar as per Hindu calendar)
Significance of this religious hub: The subtle vitality of nine days lasting holy festival of Navarati comes into vision through the spectator view of hovering devotees who keep fast to appease goddess Durga. Their ardent devotion is glimpsed through the serpentine queue of the people outside the temple who walk barefooted even from far flinging places in order to pay their pious offering of pure reverence.