Amarkantak, one of the holiest Hindu shrines is situated in the Maikal Mountains and serves as the meeting point of the Satpura and Vindhya ranges, it is here that the Narmada, the Son and the Johila Rivers emerge.
According to dogma anybody that dies in Amarkantak is assured a place in heaven, said to a be place of worship for all the three worlds as the Gods, Gandharvas, Asuras, Sages and Saints are all believed to have acquired great spiritual powers here.
Amarkantak is also home to some of the most primitive
tribes in the region and its mountains are a source for many medicinal herbs now considered to be endangered, these include Gulbakavali and Kali Haldi (Black Turmeric).
Though the city and the Rivers originating from it do not find mention in Vedic literature, it may be found in Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vashishta Samhita and Shatpatha Brahmin, it is also said that the Pandavas stayed here during exile and Amarkantak blessed them with spiritual powers that they later used in their war against the mighty Kauravas.
Various Kings and Philanthropists commissioned various Temples here. Today a visit to Amarkantak may not be deemed complete unless one visits Narmada Kund, Temples of the Kalchuri Period, Sonemuda, Mai Ki Baghiya, Kapildhara, Kabir Chabootra and Shgri Jwaleshwar Mahadev.