ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Chitrakoot Dham- the Hill of many wonders

Updated on November 28, 2014
Mandakini river at Chitrakoot Dham
Mandakini river at Chitrakoot Dham
Janki Kund - a serene place where Sita Devi used to bath in the river Mandakini
Janki Kund - a serene place where Sita Devi used to bath in the river Mandakini

Chitrakoot Dham : the introduction

Chitrakoot Dham is an important place of pilgrimage to millions of Hindus. It is the place where Lord Rama along with his wife Sita & brother Lakshman spent eleven & half years when he was in exile -at-forest (Banabasa). The place is situated on the northern spur of Vindhya mountain, amidst lush green forests & sparkling rivers. The holy river Mandakini (not to be confused with the river with the same name situated in the Garhwal Himalayas) flows through the place, adding serene beauty.

The name Chitrakoot means “Picturesque hills” or “Hills with many wonders”, & the name is totally apt for the place. A visit to this place is sure to bring peace & calm in the minds of any visitor, pilgrim or not.

Location

Chitrakoot Dham is a small town situated at the border of two largest states of India, Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) & Madhya Pradesh (M.P.). Part of it is in U.P. & part is in M.P. The connecting railway stations Karwi (6 km from Chitrakoot Dham) & Manikpur (31 km from Chitrakoot Dham) are both in U.P. It is about 130 km from Allahabad, a major city in U.P.

Mythological connection

Chitrakoot Dham is closely connected with Lord Rama as described in the great Hindu epic the Ramayana. There are many spots associated with Lord Rama & his wife Sita as well as with Bharata & Lakshman, brothers of Lord Rama. All those spots are revered greatly by the devotees.

Chitrakoot Dham was also the residing place of the great sage Atri & his pious wife Anusuya. It is said that the three great gods or Trinity of Hinduism Bramha, Vishnu & Maheswara visited the dwelling place (Ashrama) of the sage Atri.

It is also said that the monkey god Hanuman came here to the great devotee-poet Tulasi Das to help him in writing the extremely popular Ramayana in Hindi language, & that Hanuman helped Tulasi Das to have a glimpse of Lord Rama here.

Raghav Prayag Ghat , the place where Lord Rama paid ritualistic homage (Tarpan) to his departed father Dasharata's soul
Raghav Prayag Ghat , the place where Lord Rama paid ritualistic homage (Tarpan) to his departed father Dasharata's soul
Ram Ghat, where the devotee-poet Tulasi Das had a vision (Darshan) of Lord Rama
Ram Ghat, where the devotee-poet Tulasi Das had a vision (Darshan) of Lord Rama

Places to see at Chitrakoot Dham

There are so many places to see at Chitrakoot, that it is very difficult to describe them all in a single article like this. However, a short treaties on the most important of those will be given here.

These include the holy river Mandakini with its many Ghats (bathing places), many temples that dot the banks of Mandakini, Kamad Giri (a low hill believed to be the body of Lord Rama), Sati Anusuya, Janki Kund, Sphatik Shila, Gupt Godavari, Hanuman Dhara, Ram Darshan (an excellent museum dealing with Lord Rama & the Ramayana) etc.

All these will be described serially in a number of hubs.

Gupt (Hidden) Godavari - a natural cave with a natural stream
Gupt (Hidden) Godavari - a natural cave with a natural stream
Ram Ghat at night
Ram Ghat at night
A bridge over Mandakini
A bridge over Mandakini
Mandakini river with the sacred hill Kamad Giri in the distant horizon
Mandakini river with the sacred hill Kamad Giri in the distant horizon
A Sadhu (sage) at Chitrakoot
A Sadhu (sage) at Chitrakoot
Mandakini at Chitrakoot Dham
Mandakini at Chitrakoot Dham
The soldier of Lord Rama!
The soldier of Lord Rama!
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 1 : White Browed Wagtail
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 1 : White Browed Wagtail
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 2: Rock Vulture
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 2: Rock Vulture
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 3 : Egret
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 3 : Egret
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 4 : Red Wattled Lapwing
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 4 : Red Wattled Lapwing
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 5 : Small Brown Dove
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 5 : Small Brown Dove
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 6 : Lesser Pied Kingfisher
Fauna of Chitrakoot Dham 6 : Lesser Pied Kingfisher

Comment : Continuation

This is only Part I of a long article on Chitrakoot Dham. Those who are interested, please see the other parts to have a comprehensive idea about this beautiful & holy place.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)