Amarkantak is a famous pilgrimage town in Anuppur District in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Amarkantak is Also called "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages). Amarkantak is the meeting point of the Vindhyas and the Satpuras, with the Maikal Hills being the fulcrum. From Amarkantak only the famous rivers Narmada River, the Son River and Johila River emerge.
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Famous Pilgrimage Places in Amarkantak
Amarkantak receives large number of tourists throughout the year. Being a pilgrimage destination, majority of them are Hindu devotees. Apart from being a pilgrimage destination, it is also a popular hill station. So for those who are interested in hill station pilgrim then it is the best option in Central India. Being origin of Holy Narmada river, devotees takes this place with great devotion and respect. While visiting Amarkantak we can see various temples,
Kapildhara, Temple of Kalchuri era & Narmada Kund from where river Narmada originates and number of Ashrams. Hindu saints see this place with great respect and visits for meditation and feel the holiness of atmosphere.
In addition to a holy place, forest area of Amarkantak generates the feeling of wilderness of surrounding. This valley is popular among Botanist for huge variety of medicinal plants. Some of them are rare by nature. After visiting temples and other holy places, tourists have chance to visit nearby villages to experience the tribal culture and their rituals.
Surrounding villages are of Central India Tribes where we can see they life style, housing pattern, know about their livelihood, customs, rituals, social pattern etc. Being located in South-East of Madhya Pradesh, it shares border with Chattisgarh state in which Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary forest is another wildlife attraction for visitors.
Amarkantak being a unique natural heritage is very rich in biodiversity. It has got a number of places of scenic beauty. Apart from this it is source of origin of three important rivers. It is a great pilgrim center for Hindus. It is thus a great-unexplored tourism destination.
At the place of origin of Narmada River there is an open pool known as Narmadakund. Around this kund there are number of temples such as Narmada and Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiv Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple etc.
The ancient temples of Kalachuri period are situated in the south of Narmadakund just behind it. These were built by Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva (1042–1072 AD). The Machhendranath and Pataleshwar temples are excellent examples of architecture. There is also Keshav Narayan temple built by the Bhonsle ruler of Nagpur in the 18th century.
Sonemuda is the place of origin of Sone River. It is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Narmadakund at the very edge of Maikal Mountain. The Sone River cascades from the mountain in a waterfall hundreds of feet long. From the viewing platform facing east, there is a panorama of forested hills and valleys.
According to Megasthanes and other Aryan writers the river Sone gets its name from gold as gold dust is found in the water of Sone.
A grove of trees in dense forests situated at a distance of one km from Narmadakund is named "Mai ki Bagiya" in honour of the goddess Narmada. In this natural garden there are Mango, Banana and other fruit trees along with Gulbakavli, roses and other flower plants.
Six km northwest of Narmadakund is the Kapildhara waterfall with a fall of about hundred feet. According to scriptures, Kapil Muni lived here. There is a scene of natural beauty with mountains and dense forest down hills. According to ‘Vindhya Vaibhav’ Kapil Muni performed severe austerities here and received
divine light. He also wrote ‘sankhya philosophy’ (an advanced treatise on mathematics) at this place. The Kapileshwar temple is also situated nearby. The surrounding mountains are full of caves where saints have been performing their spiritual practices.
Kabir chabutra (the platform of saint Kabir)- Amarkantak
It is an old belief that the great saint Kabir performed austerities here and achieved spiritual powers. It is therefore a holy place for the Kabir panth sect. The local people, the Panikas, consider Kabir Chabutara as one of the holiest places of the Kabirpanthis because Sant Kabir spent many years here in meditation.At this very place Kabir and Nanak met and discussed spiritual matters and introduced the way of better living for human being. It is also the meeting point of three districts, Anuppur and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur district of Chhatisgarh. There is also a Kabir waterfall here.
Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev (the temple of Shiva) - Amarkantak
The Jwaleshwar temple and the source of origin of the third river Juhila River is situated at a distance of 8 km from markantak on Shahdol road. According to ‘Vindhya Vaibhav’ Lord Shiva himself established a Shivling here and also scattered crores of other Shivlings over Maikal Mountain. According to puranic traditions a rectangular area containing crores of Shivlings is known as ‘Maha Rudra Meru’ and is the abode of lord Shiva himself. There are only two ‘Maha Rudra Meru’ places Varanasi and Amarkantak. Lord Shiva and Parvati live here because of this special spiritual quality.
Shri Sarvodaya Jain Temple - Amarkantak
Shree Sarvoday Digamber Jain Mandir, Amarkantak is situated at a hill station of Madhya Pradesh from where the largest river of western India Narmada gets started.
(Shri Sarvodaya Jain Temple)
The new temple is being built at Amarkantak is similar to the Aksharadhama temple of Gujarat.About more that Rs. 20 crores is expected to be spent on this mega project which is spread over an area of 4 acres (16,000 m2). The temple is designed and constructed by more than 300 artists since 2 years under the guidance of Sri C.B.Somapura the Chief architect of the Aksharadhama temple.
The world's biggest ashtadathu Jain idol of Bhagawan Adinatha
The ashtadathu idol of Bhagawan Adinatha, 1st Tirthankara of Jains and the founder of Jainism.measuring about 24 ft (7.3 m) in height and weighing 28,000 kilograms will be installed on the Kamala Simhasan made of ashtadathu weighing around 24,000 kilograms. The foundations of the temple are being worked out with the advanced engineering skills so that the temple survives for centuries to come. The temple measuring around 144 feet (44 m) height, 424 feet (129 m) length and 111 feet (34 m) width will be constructed here.
Shree Kalyan Seva Ashram Trust
Shree Kalyan Seva Ashram Trust is one of the big Ashram of Shri Mahant Tapaswi Baba Shree Kalyan Das ji Maharaj. It is an Ashram of Udasin Sampraday. Acharya Shri Shri Chandra Dev Ji is the Main Acharya of this dynasty. He was the Elder son of Guru Nanak Dev ji. • The current manager of this ashram is shri Himadri muni ji .
• This ashram runs various social works.
• This ashram runs a School(KKSN) and charitable hospital(Shree Chandracharya charitable hospital).-Bhawani.shankar
Sacred Gurudwara ( Sikh Temple ) - Amarkantak.
First Guru of Sikhs Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited Amarkantak and Gurudwara is situated on the right side bank of Narmada river in Amarkantak city.
Amarkantak and rivers originating from it do not find mention in Vedic literature, but these have been mentioned in Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata,Vashishtha samhita and “Shatapatha Brahmana”. After Mahabharata the history of a period of about 3000 years is in dark. According to tradition, this Vindhyachal area was included in the Kingdom of Ayodhya, Kapila Muni, Bhrigu Rishi and Markandeya Rishi had ashrams here. It is also said that Pandavas stayed here and gained spiritual benefits during their exile.
After about 3000 years of Mahabharata the Adi Shankarachrya was born in 788 AD and consecrated on the banks of Narmada River. He founded Pataleshwar Mahadev in Amarkantak at the origin of Narmada from the bamboo clumps. This place is known as Surajkund today.
Amarkantak is a Sanskrit word the literal meaning of which is immortal (amar) obstruction (kantak). The place was abode of Gods but was disturbed by the hindrances of Rudraganas and hence called Amarkantak. The poet Kalidas has mentioned it as Amrakoot. Myth is that the dense forests of this region were full of mango (amra) trees. So Kalidas named it as Amrakoot, which later became Amarkantak.
Valuable Medicinal Plants in Amarkantak Forests
Gulbakavali in Amarkantak
Amarkantak has some extremely valuable medicinal plants, which are now gravely endangered. Two of these call for special mention, Hedychium coronarium, or Gulbakavali and Curcuma caesiaRoxburghii, or Kali Haldi. Gulbakavali belong to the family zinziberaceae. Gulbakavali grows on marshy land, with pure water and under dense shade on deep soil. Its natural habitat is Mai-ki-bagia, Sonmuda, Kabir Chabutara, Dudhdhara and some private gardens in Amarkantak.
Kali haldi Herb in Amarkantak
Kali haldi belong to the same family as ginger, turmeric and amba haldi. It tastes very much like ginger and is used extensively as an anti-inflammatory drug for dealing with sprains and bruised. The rhizome gives off new shoots in the rains, with the leaves being about 30 cm long and 15 to 16 cm. broad. The leaves are a deep, dark green in colour. Kali haldi prefers marshy land and is to be found in Kabir Chabutara, Chadha and the foot hills of Amarkantak. The rhizome contains essential oils and resins, sugar, starch, albuminoids, gums and organic acids and substantial coarse figure. With the other Curcuma Varieties including C. aromatica and C. augustifolia, kali haldi is an endangered species, especially because it is highly localised around Amarkantak, and it requires total protection.
Amarkantak - The Oldest Pilgrimage centre
Gaumukh in Amarkantak is the source of the Narmada, which is more than 150 million years older than the Ganges and is considered by many Hindus to be the most sacred of all the rivers of India, Amarkantak itself is sacred to the Hindus and is deemed to be a door-way to ‘nirwana’. In these hills dwell some of the most primitive of the Madhya Pradesh tribals, the Hill Korwas and Pandavas. Even today the Pandavas tribes run away if they see any strangers approaching their village.
Amarkantak - The Origin Place of Famous River Narmada
The Narmada river & the Son River originate from the Amarkantak plateau.The plateau is very picturesque and lies 1000 metres from sea level and have dense forests of moist sal and mixed Trees. The origin of Narmada is known as "Gaumukh", A little distance from Gaumukh, the source of the Narmada, is Kapildhara, where the Narmada leaves Anuppur District and enters Dindori District by cascading more than 20 metres down a sheer basalt rock.
Four kilometres from Amarkantak is Kabir Chabutara, the exact junction point of Dindori, Bilaspur and Anuppur districts.
Getting to Amarkantak by Air: Nearest airport to Amarkantak is Dumna Airport Jabalpur (250 km) and Raipur Airport (245 kms). These Airports are having direct flights for Delhi.
Getting to Amarkantak by Train: The nearest railway station to Amarkantak is Pendra Road (17 km) in Chhatisgarh, Another nearest major Train junction is Anuppur, which is only 48km and is more convenient. Bilaspur (120 km) in Chhattisgarh is also another Railway Junction city close to Amarkantak and linked through railway network with all major cities of India.
Getting to Amarkantak by Road: The nearest railhead to Amarkantak is Pendra Road at a distance of 17 km from the heart of the city. Anuppur in Chhattisgarh at a distance of 48 km from Amarkantak is also convenient for tourists.
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