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08/Sep/2022

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Amarkantak Temples is a distinguished holy pilgrimage place at Madhya Pradesh and a cluster of about twenty-four ancient temples are seen at the bank of Narmada River.

Amarkantak, located in Pushprajgarh tehsil of Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh, is a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as an important tourist and tourist destination of Madhya Pradesh. It also called Tirtha Raj. Amarkantak is situated on the Mekal Mountain, where Vindhya and Satpura mountains meet. It is the source of the holy river Narmada, and it is also the source of the Son River and Johila river.

Amarkantak Temples

Importance of Amarkantak Temples

Maa Narmada after leaving Amarkantak joins the Gulf of Khambat, passing through Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, covering a distance of 1312 kilometers (815 mi). The holy Narmada River flows in the west direction and the Sone River flows in the east direction. Mother Narmada considered to be the daughter of Lord Shiva, also known as Reva. The holy river Narmada  the only river in the world that is circumambulated.

Lord Shiva, Bhrigu Rishi, Durvasa Rishi, and Kapil Muni did penance in this area. Amarkantak is famous as a pilgrimage place and Siddha Kshetra. Lakhs of pilgrims come here throughout the year to visit. Amarkantak is mentioned repeatedly in the Puranas. Amarkantak was also known as Amrakoot. As much as Amarkantak is famous for its pilgrimage site, it is also known for its natural beauty as a hill station.

The holy serene environment and natural beauty of this place mesmerize the tourists. Amarkantak  surrounded by Sal (Sarai) forests on all sides which remain green throughout the year. The place is full of natural heritage, thousands of types of Ayurvedic plants found in the forests here. Amarkantak situated at the edge of the Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh, which touches the boundaries of the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. There is also Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Amarkantak.

History of Amarkantak Temples

The history of Amarkantak  very old, here Lord Shiva did penance, and the origin of the holy Narmada also believed to be from the throat of Lord Shiva. Kapil Muni also did severe penance in Amarkantak, a waterfall is named Kapil Dhara in the name of Kapil Muni.

This area has also been the penance land of Rishi Bhrigu, Durvasa. Shankaracharya meditated here. Kabir Das also meditated here later under the tree, that place  called Kabir Chabutra. Later, many dynasties ruled here, in which the Kalchuri rulers are prominent, apart from this, the rulers of Rewa also mentioned, and the temples built by different rulers at different times give evidence of this. The temples built by the Kalchuri rulers around 1000 AD have been declared protected monuments by the Archaeological Department.

Amarkantak Temples and Attractions

Mother Narmada has its origin in the holy Amarkantak. Narmada also known as Mekalsuta due to its origin in Mount Mekal. It said that earlier the origin pool  surrounded by bamboo from all sides, later a pucca pool constructed here. There is a small pool at the bottom of this pool. Bathing  done in the first main pool and the second small pool  constructed for washing clothes after bath. But now it is forbidden to take bath and wash clothes in these two pools.

For the Narmada bath of the people, two more pools  made below these two pools in which bathing can be done. From here Maa Narmada flows in the form of a small stream, which further assumes a huge form. Inside the premises, a narrow invisible stream of Mother Narmada flows from the main pool to another pool. There is a separate entrance for the residents of Narmada Parikrama.

About twenty-four temples built around the pool, which are Narmada Temple, Shiva Temple, Karthikeya Temple, Shri Ram Janaki Temple, Annapurna Temple, Durga Temple, Shri Suryanarayan Temple, Shri Radha Krishna Temple, Shiv Parivar, Eleven Rudra Temple are prominent.

Amarkantak Temples
The Amareshwar Mahadev Temple.

In the evening there is a grand aarti of Mother Narmada in Udgam Kund. There is a statue of a black elephant on the temple premises which dismantled during the reign of Aurangzeb. Even today people come out from under the statue of this elephant and give the test of sin and virtue and bow to Mother Narmada.

It  believed that earlier there was a herd of bamboo at this place, from which Mother Narmada used to come out, later Reva Nayak got the kund constructed at this place. Near the bathing pool is the statue of Reva Nayak. Many centuries after Reva Nayak, the Bhonsle kings of Nagpur had built the original pool and the laundry pool. It  believed that in 1939, Maharaja Gulab Singh of Rewa built Maa Narmada Udgam Kund, Bathing Kund, and the gherao around the complex  made by Muslim artisans.

Amarkantak Temples

Amarkantak, Heritage of Ancient Temples

Amarkantak, at an altitude of 1065 meters, is a beautiful city with high mountains, dense forests, ancient temples and rivers. It is presently located in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak situated in the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges at an altitude of about 1065 meters above sea level.

Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev Temple

Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev, the temple of Lord Shiva is located in Amarkantak. This is where the Johila River originated. It  believed that Lord Shiva had established Shivling here. A large number of tourists come to the Sunset Point near the temple.

Temples of Kalchuri Period

Amarkantak Temples

Amarkantak has many ancient temples like Machendrathan and Pataleshwar temple built in the Kalachuri period 1041-1073 AD. These temples  built by the then Maharaja Kalachuri Karnadev. A large number of tourists come here.

Narmadakund

Narmada Kund is a very beautiful place in Amarkantak. It said that Shiva and Narmada used to reside here. There are many temples on its banks like Shri Ram Janaki Temple, Annapurna Temple, Siddheshwar Mahadev Temple, Shri Suryanarayan Temple.

Sonmuda

The light-blooded murmur of water at the origin of the Son River is very pleasing to the tourists. Sonmuda is 1.5 km from Narmadakund. At a distance of Maikal is on the edge of the hills. It flows through a hill 100 feet high. It is called Sonamudra because of the golden sand.

Kapildhara

The Kapildhara Waterfall of Amarkantak is very beautiful. This waterfall falls from a height of about 100 feet from the middle of the dense forests, mountains. Tourists have a lot of fun here, it is believed that Kapil Muni composed the Samkhya philosophy at this place.

Mai ki Bagiya

The Dudhdhara waterfall flowing here is quite popular. Mai ki Bagiya is also a very beautiful place. This garden is believed to be dedicated to Mata Narmada. Apart from this, a hot-water spring flowing here. In which the diseases are cured by bathing.

How to go to Amarkantak Temples

The nearest railway station to Amarkantak is Shahdol. Its distance is just 80 km. Is. Buses and taxis ply from the railway station to Amarkantak all the time. The nearest airport to Amarkantak is Jabalpur. Its distance is 200 kilometers.

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