SIRPUR, OR SHRIPURA as it was known in ancient times, is a small village located on the right bank of Mahanadi 83 kms to the north-east of Raipur. It was the capital of Dakshin Koshala under the Sarabhapuriyas and Panduvanshis. The Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang visited Sirpur in 635 AD. Sirpur has archaeological remains associated with Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Jain faiths. Excavations at Sirpur have yielded extensive ruins of ancient structures scattered over a vast area. Among the numerous temples and Buddhist monasteries (viharas), the most notable are the Lakshman Temple, Gandheswara Temple, Anandaprabhu Kutir Vihara and Swastika Vihara.