Nestled in Northern Vindhyas, the sacred town of Chitrakoot embraces green forests, gurgling streams and tranquil rivers. Chitrakoot is a hub of Hindu religion and culture. Tour to Chitrakoot makes for a spiritual experience amidst tranquil surroundings.
The holy place of Chitrakoot was regarded as a significant place in Tretayuga, the third epoch of the Hindu cosmology. It is believed that the legendry hero of Ramayana, Rama with his beautiful wife Sita visited Chitrakoot during their exile. It was here where the great sages Atri and Sati Anasuya meditated. The holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh assumed incarnations here. Chitrakoot is an epitome of Hindu thought and philosophy. Goswami Tulsidas who lived during Mughal Emperor Akbar's reign, is believed to have visited Chitrakoot to seek divine inspiration when he was about to begin he chronicling of Rama's life in his masterpiece Ramcharitamanas.
Tourists throng Chitrakoot to visit the fabled jungles where Rama spent 11 out of 14 years of his exile. Located on the banks of Payaswini River, Chitrakoot lies at the tip of Satna district in Madhya Pradesh.
Tourist Attractions of Chitrakoot
- The terrace built by the Bundela chief, Chhattarsal is popular amongst pilgrims who indulge in a ceremonial circumnavigation.
- Janaki Kund: The tank in which Sita once bathed.
- A famous shrine housing the idol of Tulsidas.
- The temple of Hanuman Dhara: Believed to have been built by Rama to pacify Hanuman when the latter returned after setting Lanka ablaze. Several temples commemorate this place which offers a breathtaking view of Chitrakoot.
- Bharat Koop: Bharat Koop is the place Bharat stored sacred water collected from pilgrim sites in India.
- Sphatik Shila: It is a quartz rock located on the banks of Mandakini. The rock has a mark of Rama's footprint. It is here where Sita was pecked at by Jayant disguised as a crow. A wide variety of fishes play around in the crystal waters.
- Temples of Kamadgiri and Sati Anusuya
How to Reach Chitrakoot:
By Air: The nearest airport at Khajurahi connects Chitrakoot with important cities like Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.
By Rail: Chitrakoot Dham (11 kilometers) on the Jhansi- Manikpur line connects Chitrakoot with major important cities of India.
By Road: Bus services connect Chitrakoot with Jhansi, Mahoba, Chitrakoot Dham, Harpalpur, Satna and Chhatarpur.