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
It is at this point that the Narmada plunges down a 24m high vertical cliff-face into a gorge and transforms into a large river. Legend goes that an ancient sage Kapil, who performed severe austerities here, asked Narmada to stop flowing. But she defied him and fell into the gorge.
Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple
The Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pataleshwar means the god of the nether world, and hence the temple is constructed slightly below the ground level. It follows the Nagara execution style, except for the roof of its mandapa, which is executed in a pyramid shape.
Narmada Udgam and Kund
This large temple complex houses the Kund (tank) from where the holy river Narmada originates. There are two temples, facing each other and connected with a mandapa. One is known as Narmada Udgam Temple and other as the Narmada Mai Temple.
This temple has a unique construction style consisting of two garbha-grihas (sanctums) situated perpendicular and connected by a single mandapa (hall).
A little farther from Kapildhara is another small waterfall known as Dugdha Dhara (the milky stream). The name is derived from its frothing waters.
Scenic Beauty of Amarkantak
Scenic Beauty of Amarkantak
Shri Yantra Temple
Shri Yantra Temple
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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
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BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year.