Bilaspur is the second largest city of Chhattisgarh state. Situated on the banks of River Arpa, Bilaspur is 114 km from state's capital towards the north-east. Chhattisgarh High Court was is setup in Bilaspur simultaneously on 1st of November, 2000 when the Chhattisgarh State was constituted, by virtue of which Bilaspur is also referred to as Nayaydhani ("legal" capital) of Chhattisgarh State.
Bilaspur has a history of about 400-odd years and the city was named after a beautiful fisherwoman Bilasa. In those days Ratanpur was the capital and Bilaspur used to be a small settlement on the banks of River Arpa. There are two tales related to the fisherwoman: The first tale has wider acceptance. According to it, the king had taken a fancy to Bilasa, a young beautiful fisherwoman, dur + more about Bilaspur