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|• MLA||Renuka Singh|
|• Total||3,806 km2 (1,470 sq mi)|
|Elevation||528 m (1,732 ft)|
|• Density||170/km2 (450/sq mi)|
|• Official||Hindi, Chhattisgarhi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Surajpur is a city and a Nagar Palika Parishad in Surajpur district of Chhattisgarh state in central India. It is the administrative headquarters of the Surajpur district, located 256 km North from the state headquarters Raipur. National Highway 43 has its route through Surajpur.
Surajpur is located at  It has an average elevation of 528 metres (1,732 ft)..
As of 2001[update] India census, Surajpur district had a population of 6,60,280. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Surajpur has an average literacy rate of 89%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 90%, and female literacy is 88%. In Surajpur, 16% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Having a mainly tribal population, Surajpur reflects the rich traditional values and cultural legacies of the bygone days that has percolated to the modern era.
Surajpur has a large scope for education and sports.The city is considered to be a base for higher education.
Schools and Colleges
The only college for graduation and postgraduation is situated on the east part of Surajpur known as Surajpur Degree College with courses mainly Arts and recently Commerce has come into main frame for the student in Surajpur district.
The Government of Chhattisgarh is Planning to Open a school to Provide English Medium Education for the Regional students. Apart from this the Surajpur has a very good Education back Ground. Numbers of Hindi and English Medium School has came into existence after the formation of Chhattisgarh State:
- Navodaya Vidhalaya(central Govt.'s school)
- Saraswati Shishu Mandir Hr. Sec. School (pvt.)
- Global Public School (pvt.)
- Aadarsh High School (pvt.)
- Municipal School (Govt.)
- Boys Higher Secondary School(Govt.)
- Girls Higher Secondary School(Govt.)
- Pt.Viswanath Memorial School (Pvt.)
- Govind Saraswati Shishu Mandir Hr. Sec. School (Pvt.)
- Surya Kant Tripathi Nirala School (Pvt.)
- Holy Temple Hr. Sec School (Pvt.)
- East & West Mission High School (Pvt.)
- D.A.V Public School (Pvt.)
- Carmel convent school (pvt.)
Surajpur is one of the major cities in Chhattisgarh so transportation is not an issue here. It is Linked with Both Road and Railways. National Highway 43 Cross to link KATNI towards North and GUMLA & RACHI towards east. Surajpur is directly linked to Varanasi Via Bhaiyathan → Biharpur → Waidhan → Singrauli and towards Bilaspur → Raipur → Bhilai → Nagpur via Devipur and Rampur.
Surajpur is well connected to Raipur, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Katni, Nagpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Rachi, Kolkata, Bhuwneshwar, Cuttak. so you can travel easily by roads also. The city is connected with National Highway 78.
Raipur airport is the nearest airport from Surajpur. Surajpur is well connected with Raipur airport. Daily train / Bus are available from/ To Surajpur. The Nearest airport near Surajpur is Raipur (Capital of Chhattisgarh). One can take flights from Delhi for Raipur and use the connecting bus or train service directly from Raipur (Durg - Ambikapur Express is the best train to reach Surajpur). Almost all major cities of the country are connected through Raipur Airport. Indian Airlines,jet airways and Air India are Providing their Daily Service to all the Major airports of the Country.
Surajpur Railway station is 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the City Center situated on the east part. The station provides best connection with Bhopal the state capital of Madhya Pradesh. Raipur the state capital of Chhattisgarh. Bilaspur is the headquarters of Southeast Central Railways and is well connected with mail and super-fast trains from Bhopal, Indore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gwalior, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Katni, Kota, Jaipur, Jammu & Hyderabad. Some of the important train connecting Surajpur Road are :
- Jabalpur - Ambikapur Express
- Ambikapur - Shahdol
- Ambikapur - Durg via Anuppur →Uslapur → Raipur
- Narmada Express between Indore Junction BG (Indore) to Bilaspur at Anuppur Railway station 127 km (79 mi) away from Surajpur station
- Bhopal - Bilaspur Express at Anuppur Railway station 127 km (79 mi) away from Surajpur station
- Amarkantak Express between Bhopal and Durg at Anuppur Railway station 127 km (79 mi) away from Surajpur station
Besides this it halts for a few seconds at Anuppur station for trains like Garib rath, Utkal Express, Heerakund Express, New Delhi Sampark Kranti, Bilaspur - Rewa Etc.
Places of interest
Durga Mandir is situated at Tilsiva 1KM from Center of Surajpur.
Gaytri Mandir is one of the famous and oldest temples, situated on the bank of river Rihand at gayatri nagar west in surajpur. It is A Temple of lord sarda. Surajpur wakes up with the prayer "Gayatri Mantra", which can be heard at 5:00AM throughout surajpur. The Temple is surrounded by a Nursery and parks.
Shiv Park is one of the famous and well managed Parks/zoos, developed by the local authority after the formation of Chhattisgarh. It is a popular place to hangout. Shiv park is situated on Gayatri Mandir Road at Gayatri Nagar (West).
Mahamaya Mandir is situated at Devipur 4KM away from Surajpur. Mahamaya Temple is one of the most famous and Oldest temples. People from different Places visit Mahamaya Mandir toworship and now it has become a major Tourist Attraction Place in Chhattisgarh. The people of Surajpur District has a great faith on Mahamaya devi and during Navratri this place becomes a major attraction and navratri mela is being organized by the people. The daily free bus service is being provided by the Bhakt mandaly of Surajpur for the pilgrimage and devoties to reach Devipur from Surajpur. A Huge arrangement is being made by the Local People and public Authorities as well.
Shyam Baba Temple
It is again a famous Temple situated at Surajpur. Large Mela and Nagar Bhraman is bening Organised by the Local People. Numbers of Peoples around Surajpur and other district around gather on the eve to celebrate Lord Shyama Birthday.
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