Sirpur was the happening place about 1300 years ago. It had a Shaivite king Mahashivagupta who entertained Huen Tsang and philosopher Nagarjuna. Mahashivagupta’s mother Vasata built a Laxman temple which is the first temple in India to be built using bricks. This temple was completed in 650 AD and is located on the banks of the river Mahanadi.
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