Ratanpur, the erstwhile capital of the Chhattisgarh
, is situated on the Katghora Road around 25 km from Bilaspur
, the headquarters of Bilaspur District
. The place was once the capital of by Kalchuri Kings and Marathas. Ratanpur is famous for being home to the 12th century Shri Mahamaya Devi Mandir
, dedicated to Goddess Mahamaya.
Ratanpur derived its name after it was colonized by King Ratandev I. According to the local populace this place heralds a special place in the four Yugas - Satya Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, Treta, and Kali Yuga.
Major tourist places in and around Ratanpur include Badal Mahal, Mahamrityunjaya Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir, Kanthi Dewal Temple, Kaal Bhairav Mandir, Ram Tekri, Vridheshwar Nath Mandir and Vridheshwar Nath Mandir and Girijabandh Hanuman Mandir.
Bilaspur Junction Railway Station, on the Mumbai-Howrah main line is the nearest railhead.