Dongargarh, at a distance of 36 km from Rajnandgaon and 121 km from Raipur, is a major religious center. It is surmised that the history of Dongargarh dates back to the 12th-13th century AD, or the Kalachuri period. The temple of goddess Bamleshwari, located at a height of around 500 m atop a hill, is the prime attraction here. Reached by climbing over a thousand steps, the temple is believed by the locals to be over 2,200 years old. A fair is held at Dongargarh twice a year on the occasion of navaratri when thousands of people congregate from the adjoining areas.