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Chitrakoot

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"The hill of many wonders"

Chitrakoot Tourism

Chitrakoot is a small town situated in the north Vindhyan range. Legends have it that Chitrakoot was the place where Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana stayed for eleven and half of their fourteen years of exile.

Chitrakoot is located over the districts of Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh and Satna in Madhya Pradesh. Chitrakoot holds great importance according to Hindu mythology and the epic Ramayana. According to Ramayana, Chitrakoot was the place where Bharata, brother of Ram came to visit Ram and ask him to come back to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. It is also believed that the principal gods of Hindus, (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) took incarnations here. This divine city is also known as the 'Hill of many wonders' and it totally justifies the name. Chitrakoot mountain range has numerous places of great religious importance like Bharat Milap Temple, Hanuman Dhara, Janki Kund and much more. It is indeed the gift of nature and the gods. This is the place where Goswami Tulsidas, author of 'The Ramcharitmanas', spent many years of his life. There are many lively fairs which are organized on different occasions and festivals.Not many know that Chitrakoot is also home to the only university in the world specially made for the differently abled, Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University. To sum up, Chitrakoot is the rare destination, which will never cease to surprise you. Overall, Chitrakoot is a perfect blend of divinity, serenity, and an exquisite beauty.

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Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot is a spiritual retreat, situated in the famous Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. This town is quite popular for its role in the famous epic Ramayan, when Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, along with Lakshman, had stopped for a while here in exile, before proceeding to Panchvati. While many could dismiss it as a mere figment of the imagination, countless historical evidence suggests otherwise. Interested travelers should go first for Sphatik Shila, where Rama and Sita used to sit during the exile period. Also present is sites of interest like Bharat  Milap Mandir, which marks the exact point where Bharat and Rama met during the exile period. There is also a pond named Janaki Kund, where Goddess Sita, also known as Janaki, used to bathe during the exile. For the bold travelers, there is a site named Gupt Godavari, where streams flow beneath the enclosed, rather stuffy caves. 

Mythology

Greatly revered by the ancient sages, Chitrakoot has a richly significant mythological history. According to the great sage Valmiki in his epic Ramayan,  it was the abode for Ram, Laxman and Sita during a part of their exile. Chitrakoot was the place of Bharat-Milap, where Bharat met Lord Ram and requested him to return and take the throne in Ayodhya. Following Ram's gentle refusal of the same, he left Chitrakoot with Sita and Laxman. Bharata Mandir now enshrines that moment and carries stone etchings of footprints of Lord Ram and all his brothers. Chitrakoot is where Lord Ram performed a shuddhi ceremony in memory of Dashrath, his father. Both the ancient poets Kalidas and Tulsidas speak glowingly of Chitrakoot in their writings, and Tulsidas spent a considerable time here in meditation and worship of Lord Ram. Ramghat is a significant ghat where Lord Ram appeared in front of Tulsidas and gave him his blessings. Not very far is the Sita's kitchen where Lady Sita extended hospitality to various sages and saints.Chitrakoot is also believed to be the place where the Holy Trinity - Lords Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva, took their incarnations on earth. Lord Brahma also chose this site to light 108 fires before creating the universe. Now only a pit remains to mark the once grand fire, known as Yagya Vedi.

Etymology of Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot, the "hill of many wonders" is indeed scintillating, and beautiful. But, ever wondered how and where it got this name which now holds value in the heart of every devoted Hindu?Chitrakoot has been part of Hindu mythology since ancient times. The exact origins of the name remain unknown. However, legends attribute it to the plentiful presence of Cheetal (spotted deer) in the area. Another legend is that the name flows from its founder, Shri Chitraksh who was a disciple of sage Bhat. The then king, Shri Chitragupt sent Shri Chitraksh to the Malwa region, to establish a kingdom near Bhat river. Shri Chitraksh established the kingdom of Chitrakoot somewhere between Malwa and Bhattdesh, making it his permanent residence.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot being a reigious place serves only vegetarian food. Most of the restaurants serves North-Indian cuisine.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Once you have reached Chitrakoot, take some rest and proceed towards Ram Ghat, a popular spiritual site here. Then, you can move towards the Hanuman Dhara temple, a high rise temple, with some towering 630 steps to climb before you finally reach there. By evening, you can a take a stroll in the local market, where you can buy curios, handicrafts or souvenirs for yourself.
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for some bold adventure. You can start off with Sphatik Shila, where Lord Ram and Goddess Sita used to chat with each other during exile. Then, you can proceed towards the Janaki Kund for a refreshing bath, or if you prefer, go forward to the Gupt Godavari caves, where you shall receive a slice of adventure you crave for, with marvelous natural engravings all over the cave, and streams of water trickling up to your knees. By the time you return from Chitrakoot, you shall be at peace, both from outside and within.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A hotspot of temples. Religious Hub.

What's Not So Great?

Scheming guides and touts spread over. Polluted during peak seasons. Not much to do here except for religious tourism.

For Whom?

Ideal for Hindu devotees.

How To Reach Chitrakoot

The nearest railway station is in Karwi, which is pretty much the town of Chitrakoot itself. Regular bus services ply to and fro Chitrakoot, through well-connected highways, particularly the National Highway NH 76. There is no direct flight connectivity to  Chitrakoot, although you can take a flight to Allahabad / Khajuraho and thence a taxi is feasible.

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GopalKrishnaArya Puvvada 10 months ago
One of the top most pilgrimage point I thought the Rushies are doing their Tapassu here. Very very peaceful area. Financially and socially though it is backward but theosophically they are matured. I like it.
aman chaurasiya 4 weeks ago
Beautiful place Rajapur in Chitrakoot
Kovid Kapoor 11 months ago
- Chitrakoot has a lot of monkeys which can be seen here and there, but they won't harm you until you tease or hurt them. It is also advisable that you should keep your eatables off the sight of these monkeys or they might snatch it otherwise.
- There isn't large scope of shopping in this area. However, you can buy spiritual items, souvenirs and toys for children
- Chitrakoot is a holy place for Hindus and so dhabas and restaurants do not serve non vegetarian food or alcohol.
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