AMARKANTAK IS KNOWN AS THE TEERTHRAJ - THE KING OF PILGRIMAGES
THE MEETING POINT OF VINDHYA, MAIKAL AND SATPURA RANGES
THE NARMADA, ONE OF THE HOLIEST RIVERS OF INDIA, ORIGINATES HERE
MYSTIC POET, SANT KABIR, IS SAID TO HAVE MEDITATED AT KABIRCHABUTRA, AMARKANTAK
THE FORESTS SURROUNDING AMARKANTAK CONTAIN A RICH VARIETY OF MEDICINAL PLANTS
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
The legend of 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.
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.
Points of interest
Kapil Dhara Fall
Discover the beauty of cascading water, pouring onto the rugged rocks of the mountain. During monsoon, the place turns into a wonderland and an ideal tourist place to visit.
Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple
It’s an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built by the Kalachuri Maharaja “Karnadeva” in the ancient period. The temple displays excellent instances of Indian architecture.
Narmada Udgam and Kund
A complex which is said to be the divine spot from where Holy River Narmada originated! Many pilgrims make their journey to the temple complex and kund just to offer prayers to goddess Narmada.
Dugdh Dhara Waterfalls
Located just a kilometre from Kapil Dhara, these stunning milky white falls splash down the rocks, providing an incredible view to the onlookers.
It’s a prominent tourist spot in Amarkantak, supposed to be the same place where Saint Kabir spent many years doing meditation.
Shri Yantra Temple
Colossal faces of deities and exceptionally sculpted figurines of yoginis welcome visitors at the entrance. Situated in open land, this architecture is worth a visit.
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Holiday Homes in Amarkantak
Nestled in the lap of nature, this hotel offers one a splendid view. Beautiful gardens, spacious interiors and delectable food are the highlights of this hotel. Sri Yantra Mandir and Sarvodaya Jain temple are located at a distance of 1-2kms each.
AC Dlx, AC Room, AC Cottage (Tent), Air cooled family room
INR 2299 - 2990
Jabalpur Airport - 218km
Pendra Railway Station - 32km
Plan your Travel
Reaching by Air
Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to Amarkantak located at about 300 km from Amarkantak.
Reaching by Rail
Pendra Railway station is the nearest rail head located at about 40 km from Amarkantak.
Reaching by Road
Amarkantak is well connected by regular bus/cab service with Shahdol, Umaria, Jabalpur, Rewa, Bilaspur, Anuppur and Pendra Road.
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LOCAL GUIDE DIRECTORY
List and contact information of accredited local guides. Please call and book in advance.
A guide to the sights, facilities, timings and more.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year.