Uncle (earlier referred to as my father's friend) told us the history of the place, as we sat munching breakfast in the backseat of the car. He said it was an old city, one amongst the ancient ones. Located in the Mahasamund district, on the banks of the river Mahanadi, it was said to have been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, in between the 5th and 8th centuries AD. It was considered to be the capital of the Somvanshi Kings who ruled the ancient state of Kosala.
Also Buddhism too found importance in the place, as Hieung Tsang had visited the place during the 10th century AD. What added the real interest to the story was the information of it being buried under mud and debris in the 12th century. I was excited after listening to this bit of the story, as it instantly reminded me of the lost city of Atlantis.