There is a wide array of opinions on the origin of the word “Chhattisgarh”. The name is not a very old one and has come into popular usage only in the last few centuries. In ancient times, this region was called Dakshin Kosala (South Kosala). The name Chhattisgarh was popularized during the Maratha period and was first used in an official document in 1795.
Chhattisgarh has a rich heritage of a robust culture. It has a treasure of enriched festivals, music, cuisines and lifestyles. The harmonization of eastern and western art as a result of the British imperialism has added an articulation to the rich ethnicity and culture of Chhattisgarh. The appeal of the region’s scenic beauty attracts tourists from all over India. The green forests, scenic hills, meandering rivers, beautiful villages of tribal folks are notable features of the region, thus making it an ideal abode of eco-tourism. Being the birth place of kingdoms of royal dynasties like the Mauryas, it is the ideal place for the historians and sociologists to explore. It is a place of marvelous temples and architectural wonders and offers an eloquent diction to the rich culture of Chhattisgarh.