Welcome to Sakti, a beautiful city and district located in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and unique cultural offerings, Sakti is a must-visit destination for any traveler. Let’s explore all that this enchanting city has to offer.
Sakti district was formed on August 15, 2021, and came into complete district existence on September 9, 2022, by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. The current MLA here is Shri Charan Das Mahant, who is the Speaker of the Chhattisgarh Legislative assembly. The First Collector and District Magistrate of Sakti is Nupur Rashi Panna I.A.S, First Superintendent of Police is M.R. Ahire I.P.S and First District Education Officer is B.L. Khare, who was also the last District Education Officer of Education District Sakti.
Geographically, Sakti is located at 22.03°N 82.97°E / 22.03; 82.97. It has an average elevation of 237 meters (777 feet) and is a hill station situated on the banks of Borai river and foothills of Udaigiri Mountain range of Chhattisgarh. The town gets its name from the age-old temple of Maa Mahamaya in the Heart of Sakti. The town comes in the drainage system of Mand river, which originates from the Mand mountain range. Surrounded by hills from the Northern Direction, it has beautiful waterfalls and famous tourist places around like Damau which has Ancient hand-written scripts on walls of its cave with a perennial waterfall, Rainkhol which is a forest cut area, The Chandrahasini Sakti Peath and The Adbhar Aastbhuji Maa Sakti Peath which is an archaeological site. The main flora is Sal, Mahua, and fauna is the Indian Bear, Hyena. The soil is found to be rich in Iron, with some traces of Pitchblende. Sakti district is surrounded by Korba district in the North-West, Janjgir-Champa District in the West, Raigarh district in the East, Sarangarh district in the South.
During the British Raj era, Sakti was the capital of Sakti State, one of several princely states of the Eastern States Agency. The rulers of this princely state bore the title of Rana. The city has a tropical wet and dry climate. Temperatures remain moderate through most of the year, though not from March to June, which can be extremely hot. The temperature in April–May sometimes rises above 44 °C. These summer months also have dry and hot winds. The city receives about 1,300 millimeters (51 in) of rain, mostly in the monsoon season from late June to early October. Winters last from November to January and are mild, although the lowest temperature can fall up to 5 °C (41 °F). The entire area including Sakti is passing through a severe shortage of drinking water. Groundwater is hard and resources are limited. If the problem of drinking water is not met timely, the entire terrain may be converted into the desert in the years to come.
Sakti has a population of approximately 30,100, making it the largest city of the district. The city is divided into 18 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. Sakti Municipality has a population of 21,955 of which 11,111 are males while 10,844 are females as per the report released by Census India 2011. It has approximately 94% agricultural land which is the highest in the state.
Sakti is well-connected to other parts of the country through rail and road networks. It has a Railway Station on the Tatanagar–Bilaspur section of Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line. Major trains stop here, including Mumbai-Howrah Mail since the beginning. It is also connected through National Highway No.200. Sakti District Headquarters State Highway No. SH16 directly connects Subdivision Malkharoda and Subdivision Dabhra by Chhapora Road. The shortest road connecting Korba to Orissa Raigarh, Dabhra, Malkharoda, and Sarangarh passes through Sakti City. Sakti City is a major road junction that connects different cities and states.
Sakti is home to many private and government schools and colleges, including Jindal World School, Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Govt. G.H.M.S. Sakti, M.L.Jain H.S. School Sakti, Government Kranti Kumar Bhartiya College Jetha Sakti, Government Atal Bihari Vajpayee College Nagarda Sakti, Shyam Shiksha Mahavidyalaya Damaudhara Sakti, Jagrani Devi Shikha Mahavidyalaya Baradwar, Sakti, Shri Balaji College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Damaudhara Sakti, Jagrani Devi degree College Baradwar Sakti, Pt Sunder Lal Sharma Vishwavidyalaya Sakti, Prajapati Brahma Kumari Ishwari Vishwavidyalaya Sakti, C.V. Raman College Sakti, Government ITI Sakti, and Jagrani Devi ITI Sakti.
Sakti is also known for its industries, including India’s largest Trailer and Tipper Manufacturing Plant Vandana Group, which manufactures Trucks Tipper, Trailer, Flatbed Trailer, Box Type (Manual) Trailer, Tractor Trolley, and Agricultural Implements. Sakti is also known as India’s dolomite hub, and India’s largest dolomite storage area has been achieved in Sakti district, which will start mining here in the coming time. The silk fabric here is famous all over Chhattisgarh, and Swastik Metal industry is also situated in Sakti.
In conclusion, Sakti is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient temples, hiking through the hills, or sampling delicious local cuisine, Sakti has something for everyone. So why not plan your next vacation to this enchanting destination and experience all that Sakti has to offer?