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Narayanpal (नारायणपाल) is a village in Bastar tahsil of Bastar district in Chhattisgarh.


It is situated 35km away from sub-district headquarter Bastar (tehsildar office) and 45km away from district headquarter Jagdalpur. According to Census 2011 information the location code or village code of Narayanpal village is 449290. Narayanpal village is located in Bastar tehsil of Bastar district in Chhattisgarh, India. As per 2009 stats, Narayanpal village is also a gram panchayat. The total geographical area of village is 455.76 hectares. Bastar is nearest town to narayanpal for all major economic activities, which is approximately 35km away.[1]

Narayanpal is a Village in Bastar Tehsil in Bastar District of Chattisgarh State, India. It is located 23 KM towards west from District head quarters Jagdalpur. 16 KM from Bastar. 267 KM from State capital Raipur. Narayanpal Pin code is 494010 and postal head office is Lohandiguda. Ghotiya ( 2 KM ) , Chitrakot ( 3 KM ) , Bhainsgaon ( 5 KM ) , Dhuragaon ( 5 KM ) , Badedharaur ( 6 KM ) are the nearby Villages to Narayanpal. Narayanpal is surrounded by Bastar Tehsil towards East , Tokapal Tehsil towards South , Bastanar Tehsil towards South , Darbha Tehsil towards South . Jagdalpur , Kondagaon , Umarkote , Bade Bacheli are the near by Cities to Narayanpal.[2]

Jat Gotras Namesake

  • Dharan = Dharana-mahadevi. There is a postscript to Narayanpal inscription in which it is stated that the land was given by Dharana-mahadevi, who was probably the widow of Somesvara.[3]


Narayanpal and Kuruspal are quite close to each other, the former being situated on the river Indravati. Near these villages are the forts of Rajapur and Bodra, and not far away the beautiful falls of the Indrvati at Chitrakut present a magnificent appearance. Narayanpal is only 6 miles from Gadia and has an old temple, an image of Vishnu, and an inscription. [4]

Narayanpal Vishnu Temple

Narayanpal Vishnu Temple

Narayanpal temple is well-known for its cultural, historical and spiritual value in the heritage of Bastar. North-western side to Jagdalpur, connected to Chitrakote waterfalls, a village named Narayanpal, is situated on the other bank of river Indravati. This village has an ancient magnificent Vishnu temple that was constructed 1000 years ago and is a beautiful archetype of architecture. The Vishnu Temple is established near the confluence of rivers Indravati and Narangi and it dates back to 11th century. Nearby Vishnu temple, a small village got named as Narayanpur after the establishment of temple, meanwhile, it came to be known as Narayanpal.

Contemporary to the Khajuraho Temple of India, Narayanpal temple is the only temple in the whole Bastar district where the idol of Lord Vishnu is ingrained. Built by Mumundadevi, the queen of Chhindak dynasty, Narayanpal temple has the influence of Chalukya style of architecture.[5]

Narayanpal Stone inscription of Queen Gunda-mahadevi, the mother of Somesvaradeva (Nagavanshi) 1111 AD

Source - Epigraphia Indica Vol. IX (1907-08): A S I, Edited by E. Hultzsoh, Ph.D. & Sten Konow, Ph.D.,pp. 161-62

Narayanpal is a village 23 miles west of Jagdalpur. The inscription is on a stone slab and is in Nagari characters, and the language is Sanskrit. It records the grant of the village Narayanapura to the god Narayana and some land near the Khajjuri tank to the god Lokesvara, and it is dated in the Saka year 1033 on Wednesday, the full moon-day of the Karttika month in the Khara samvatsara (Saka-nripa-kalatite dasa-sata.traya[s*]-trims-adhike Khara-samvatsare Kartika-paurnimasyam Budhavare) corresponding to 18th October 1111 A. D., and issued by Gunda Mahadevi (गुंड महादेवी), the chief queen of Maharaja Dharavarsha, the mother of Somesvaradeva and the grand mother of Kanharadeva, who was then ruling on the death of his father (Maharaja-Somesvara-devasya swar (swr)gate tesham putrasya, asam, naptuh . . . Srimad-vira-Kanharadevasya kalyana-vyaya-raiya). The dynasty claims to belong to the Nagavansha and the Kasyapa gotra, to have a tiger with a calf as their crest and to be the lords of Bhogavati the best of the cities (Nagavamsodbhava, Bhogavati-pura-var-esvara savatsa-vyaghra Lamchhana Kas(s)yapa,-gotra). At the end of the inscription the sun and moon, a cow and a calf, and a, dagger and shield with a linga in its socket, exactly of the shape in which the Lingayats wear them, are engraved. There is a postscript to this inscription in which it is stated that the land was given by Dharana-mahadevi, who was probably the widow of Somesvara, as will appear further on. There can be no doubt that Narayanpal is the Narayanapura of the inscription. A temple of Narayana is still standing there. The image of Vishnu, about 2' high, canopied by a hooded snake, is exquisitely executed.


Narayanpal has a total population of 1,365 peoples, out of which male population is 680 while female population is 685. Literacy rate of narayanpal village is 40.29% out of which 48.24% males and 32.41% females are literate. There are about 313 houses in narayanpal village. Pincode of narayanpal village locality is 494223.[6]

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