Divine Amarkantak
AMARKANTAK The king
of pilgrimages
Divine Amarkantak
22.6822° N, 81.7532° E

Divine Amarkantak

  • Teerthraj - The King of Pilgrimages

    AMARKANTAK IS KNOWN AS THE TEERTHRAJ - THE KING OF PILGRIMAGES

  • The Meeting Point of Vindhya

    THE MEETING POINT OF VINDHYA, MAIKAL AND SATPURA RANGES

  • The Narmada River - Holiest River

    THE NARMADA, ONE OF THE HOLIEST RIVERS OF INDIA, ORIGINATES HERE

  • Sant Kabir - Mystic Poet

    MYSTIC POET, SANT KABIR, IS SAID TO HAVE MEDITATED AT KABIRCHABUTRA, AMARKANTAK

  • Amarkantak - Variety of Medicinal Plants

    THE FORESTS SURROUNDING AMARKANTAK CONTAIN A RICH VARIETY OF MEDICINAL PLANTS

Why Narmada
turned westwards

Holy Narmada River

The legend of
Narmada Udgam

The legend of Narmada Udgam

Situated at an altitude of 1000 m, Amarkantak is a well frequented Hindu pilgrimage center that is popularly known as ‘Teerthraj’ - ‘the king of pilgrimages’.

The Amarkantak region has a rich natural heritage. It is the meeting point of the Vindhya and the Satpura Ranges, with the Maikal Hills being the fulcrum. Three rivers - the holy Narmada, the Sone and the Johila - emerge here.

The forests surrounding Amarkantak have a rich variety of plants with medicinal properties, which make it extremely significant from an ecological point of view.

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Reaching by Air

Reaching Amarkantak by Air

Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to Amarkantak located at about 300 km from Amarkantak.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Amarkantak by Rail

Pendra Railway station is the nearest rail head located at about 40 km from Amarkantak.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Amarkantak by Road

Amarkantak is well connected by regular bus/cab service with Shahdol, Umaria, Jabalpur, Rewa, Bilaspur, Anuppur and Pendra Road.

River Narmada

Narmada Holi River

Why Narmada turned westwards

The rivers, Narmada and Sone, originate at Amarkantak. Legend says that the two were to be wed. But Sone rebuffed Narmada and married another. The spurned Narmada was so hurt that she changed her course and began to flow westward!

The legend of Narmada Udgam

Narmada Udgam Temple

Narmada Udgam

There is a legend about the construction of this temple. It is said that the goddess Narmada appeared to Rewa Nayak, a banjara or nomad, in a dream. The river goddess directed him to clear the site of the present kund. When Rewa Nayak found the spot, it was covered with a dense mass of bamboo trees. He toiled hard, day and night, to clear the site.

Once he cleared the site of trees, he found a stream, which was none other than the holy river Narmada. Rewa Nayak installed an image of the goddess in a temple at this spot. His descendants later installed Rewa Nayak’s image in one of the alcoves in the temple.

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