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Places to visit in Amarkantak

Introduction

Places to visit in Amarkantak Amarkantak is a popular pilgrim destination and a Nagar Panchayat in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh, India. As it is situated on hilly region so we can also count it as a hill-station of Central India. Here we can find many Hindu and Jain temples thus it has important place in Madhya Pradesh tourism. It lies in South-East of Madhya Pradesh state, close to state border of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh state. The Amarkantak region is a unique natural heritage area and is the meeting point of the Vindhya and the Satpura ranges, with the Maikal hills being the base. This is where the Narmada River, the Son River and Johila River emerge. Popular 15th-century Indian mystic and poet Kabir is said to have meditated on Kabir Chabutra, also called the platform of Kabir, situated in the town of Amarkantak. Amarkantak is a combination of two Sanskrit words, amara and kantaka. The poet Kalidas has mentioned it as Amrakuta, which later became Amarkantak. It is the legend that Lord Shiva blessed Narmada with unique purifying powers. Whereas to purify himself, a devotee requires taking one dip in the Holy Ganga, seven days' prayers on the banks of Yamuna and three days prayers on the banks of Saraswati, only the mere sight of Narmada is enough. A charming folk tale tells us about the superiority of Narmada over Ganga. Once every year, after Ganga herself is polluted beyond tolerance, she comes to Narmada dressed like a dark woman and takes a cleansing purifying dip in its waters! Narmada, which is more than 150 million years older than the Ganges River Ganga and is considered by many Hindus to be the most sacred for all the rivers of India, Amarkantak itself is sacred to the Hindus and is deemed to be a door-way to ‘nirwana’. There are several stories about the origin of Amarkantak's name. The famous Sanskrit poet, Kalidas named the place Amrakoot since the place contained lots of mango (amra) trees; later Amrakoot became Amarkoot. According to myths, when Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura by fire one of the three ashes fell on Amarkantak, which turned into thousands of Shivalingas. One such linga is still is worshiped at Jwaleshwar. Amarkantak also finds a mention in the Mahabharata, as one of the homes of the Pandavas during their exile.

Places to Visit in Amarkantak

Amarkantak is a historical and mythological city so here are many places to visit and places to see in the town area and nearby places. This town is amazingly beautiful with natural scenic beauty. The flora and fauna of this town is mention-worthy too! The forests here are connected with Kanha National Park. One can enjoy a blend of scenic beauty and religious places in Amarkantak. So the famous tourist places in Amarkantak are:

Narmada Kund and Temple

Narmada Kund is the origin point of Narmada River; many temples surround this spring. Among them, Narmada and Shiva Temple, Karthikeya Temple, Sriram Janaki Temple, Annapurna Temple, Guru Gorakhnath Temple, Sri Suryanarayana Temple and Bangeshwar Mahadev Temple are the prominent temples in Amarkantak. It is said that Lord Shiva and his daughter Narmada were staying here. Narmada is said to have originated from Shiva's tied hair (jata). Hence Shiva is also called as Jatashankar.

Temples of Kalchuri Period

The temples near to the Narmada Kund belong to the Kalachuri Dynasty. As per the records, these shrines were built by Kalachuri King Karnadev during 1042-1072. Pataleshwar Temple is one of the famous architectures of this period.

Kapil-dhara

It is one of the non-religious attractions of the holy city of Amarkantak. Once one has visited all the shrines, they can come here and rejuvenate by drenching themselves into the waterfalls. It is located just 6 km towards the north-west of the Narmadakund Temples. The waterfall is named after the sage Kapil Muni, who is believed to have meditated at this place. The water fall stands tall at about a 100 ft tall and is surrounded by lush green environs.

Trimukhi Temple

Trimukhi Temple is located atop a hill in Amarkantak and was constructed under the reign of the Kalchuris. It is also known as 'Karna Mandir', after King Karnadeb Mahachandra, who built it and is one of most ancient temples of India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the universe as per Hindu mythology. The top of the temple is sculpted with the face of Lord Shiva. This shows the immense intricacies carved out by the Kalchuri craftsmen. It is in close proximity to other attractions like Dudh Dhara Falls, Sonmuda, Kabir Chabutra, Mai ki Bagiya and Bhrugu Ka Mandal are some of the other places of tourist interest near the Trimukhi temple.

Mai ki Bagiya

Mai ki Bagiya (Goddess Garden) is also known as Mother's Garden. This garden is situated around 5 km from Narmadakund and covers the surrounding forests. The garden has been built in honour of the Goddess Narmada. It is a natural garden which features banana, mango, Gulbakawali, roses and fruits and flower plants. it is a garden with lots of flower and Fruits. The Gulbakawali plant is known to release a lingering sweet smell. This garden also features various shrines of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, a rain-fed kund and a large number of trees. Tourists can also find a wide variety of medicinal herbs and plants on the banks of holy kund.

Sonemuda

About 2 km away from Narmadakund in Amarkantak, Sonemuda is the origin Point of Sone River. The location is awesome with its scenic beauty and is famous as a “sunrise” point. The Son River plunges down hundreds of feet from the Maikal Mountain making for a very picturesque view. The Son river owes its name to the Aryan scholars who called it so because of the gold dust that is found in this river.

Kapil Dhara

At a distance of 8 Km from the origin of river Narmada in Amarkantak, Kapildhara is an eye catching waterfall of 100 ft. height, famous for its heavenly feeling. Once one has visited all the shrines, they can come here and rejuvenate by drenching themselves into the waterfalls. The waterfall is named after the sage Kapil Muni, who is believed to have meditated at this place. The water fall stands tall at about a 100 ft tall and is surrounded by lush green environs.

Dhuni Pani

Situated amidst thick forest of Vindhya and Satpura hills, Dhuni Pani is one of the important tourist destinations in Amarkantak. This is a famous natural hot water spring which is regarded as philosopher's stone. It is believed that the healing properties of the spring can heal the people from fatal diseases.

Bhrigu Mandal

Around 3 Km. from Amarkantak on a difficult forest trek route, Bhrigumandal is the place where Bhrigu Rishi believed to have meditated. Main attraction of this spot is the rock formation which looks like a Kamandal or water pitcher and is believed to have been belonged to Maharishi Bhrigu. It is of the belief that the water inside Bhrigu Kamandal seeps through the mountainous terrain, so it remains always full of water. One can reach Bhrigumandal by trekking after a three-hour long trail through dense forest. During rainy season, the trail becomes more difficult, so it is advisable to avoid trekking from June to October. Parasvinayak and Chandi caves are located on this route in Chhattisgarh. Kabir Chabutra - Kabir Chabutra is an important tourist attraction near Amarkantak, especially amongst Saint Kabir followers. Kabir Chabutra is the holy place where Saint Kabir believed to have spent many years in meditation to attain new heights of spiritual power. Another attraction around Kabir Chabutra is the Kabir waterfall. Kabir Chabutra stands at the meeting point of three districts, Anuppur and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur district of Chhatisgarh.

Jwaleshwar Mahadev

It is at a distance of 8 km from Amarkantak on Shahdol road, the temple of Jwaleshwar Mahadev is situated at the origin of river Johilla amidst deep forest. According to mythological belief, Lord Shiva himself established a Shivlinga here and also scattered crores of other Shivlingas over Maikal Mountain in Chhattisgarh that is known as ‘Maha Rudra Meru’. There is a 'sunset point' close to this temple.

Shambhu Dhara & Durga Dhara

Situated amidst the deep forest at a distance of few kilometers from Amarkantak, there are two other extremely beautiful waterfalls that are worth a visit for tourists.

Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple

It is a lovely religious spot situated near Sonemuda that attracts tourists not only for religious importance but also for its enchanting view of Satpura ranges. The temple is situated in such a lovely location that the enchanting view of the Sone River that originates from a nearby Kund can be enjoyed. It is the perfect location to get the pictorial sceneries of the Satpura ranges and the flapping valleys. Rising sun can also be seen from this picturesque spot.

Sri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple

It is not an old Temple. It is still under construction. However a big idol of Lord Buddha has already been put in place. The shiny brass idol looks very majestic in the center of the temple. The sand stone carvings which are being made by the artisans in the ground around the temple are something indeed to be seen.

Above all is the famous sightseeing of Amarkantak that is must to see at the trip of Amarkantak. Our taxi service is available for you to explore this city and other destinations with trustable and soothing journey experience.

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