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introduction:

Markanda, a small parish, located on the left bank of Vainganga river, is famous as a religious site. The land gets its name from Sage Markandeya. A cluster of temples up of temples exists here housing Shiva Linga which Markandeya is believed to have worshipped. The cluster has an approximate 24 temples... and the architecture strongly resembles that of the Khajuraho temples. The nearest airport is Nagpur at a distance of 177 kms. The nearest railhead is Chandrapur, 91 kms from here.

 

History:

               A great fair is held here on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Thousands of devotees gather at the place. The district administration maintains peaceand discipline during the fair. Some people shave their heads in the name of their fathers, some worships God Shiva for the long life of their son. On this occasion, the ceremony goes on, on the bank of Vainganga. The record of this place is made in the gazetteer of Chandrapur district in 1973.



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