Some 80 percent of Raipur’s people struggle to sustain themselves through farming. And although their lives are difficult, their religious traditions are strong.
Raipur is a place filled with religious activities. Three of the region’s mountains are pilgrimage sites: One is sacred to those who worship the goddess Bombleswari. Another is a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. And a third has been designated as a place for Catholic prayer and worship.
Chhattisghari and Hindi are the two main languages spoken in the state, but many also communicate in their own unique tribal languages.
A merchant in the local market offers beans and grains produced by Raipur Region farmers.
With 80 percent of Raipur’s people engaged in agriculture, this young woman does her part as she carries crop stalks to be sold at the market.
Bicycles are a vital form of transportation on the dusty roads of Chhattisgarh’s Raipur Region.