Amarkantak, also known as “Teerthraj” (the king of pilgrimages) is located amidst the exemplary Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is situated at an altitude of 1065 meters making it a hill station with some of the most exquisite temples that one will ever see. One of the holy rivers of India, River Narmada, originates from Amarkantak rendering this place special.
Amarkantak is known for its rich cultural heritage. It is the place where the three mighty rivers- Narmada, Sone and Johila- converge. The dense forests of Amarkantak have plants rich in medicinal properties, making it significant from the ecological point of view. It is believed that the mystic poet, Sant Kabir, meditated here on Kabir Chabutra, which is a platform of Kabir located in this town.
How to reach
Amarkantak by Rail. Pendra Road is the nearest railhead to Amarkantak, which is located at a distance of 17 km from this holy town. Tourists can also come down to this place via Anuppur, which is just 48 km away. From both of these places, one can get regular transport facility including taxis and buses.
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.
Places To Visit
Keshav Narayan Temple