The creation of the state of Chhattisgarh prompted the Director General, Archaeological
Survey of India to think for a separate regional office at Raipur for regulating all types of
archaeological activities and researches in the newly created state. The dream was
materialized in April 2003 and the new office was entrusted with the responsibility of
looking after forty five (45) centrally protected monuments/sites, located in different
parts of the state which includes temples, caves, forts, megaliths and excavated
remains. Today, Raipur Circle is the leading central government organization in the state
for all type of archaeological researches including the protection and preservation of
cultural heritages. It is needless to say that they are the mute spectator of the glorious
past, surviving through the onslaughts of time.
Prior to the formation of this circle, monuments of Chhattisgarh region were under the
jurisdiction of different offices of Archaeological Survey of India from time to time such
as under the Southern Circle now known as the Hyderabad circle, the Bhopal Circle and
the Bhubaneswar circle respectively.
The maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national
importance is the key concern of the Archaeological Survey of India. It regulates all
archaeological activities in the country under the provisions of various acts and rules
such as ‘the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 and
Rule 1959’, ‘the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act 1972’ and many other laid down in the
constitution of India.