Amarkantak Tourism
Pilgrimage

Amarkantak Tourism

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Shailendra Pradhan
  • Shailendra Pradhan
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 2 Reviews

"Amarkantak visit"

  • Posted 8 months ago
Destination is good from religious and sightseeing point of view and is a must see location.The only bad thing about place is non availability of quality food outside hotel premises.Hotels are limited in number and amenities are poor. Food,....... More
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Animesh  Marwah
  • Animesh Marwah
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 2 Reviews

"Trip To Amarkantak"

  • Posted 10 months ago
Amarkantak is a religious place and place from where narmada udgam, narmada udgam temple is place to watch Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food part is a matter of concern,dont get good food of choice. Activities & things to do: temples....... More
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Navin Talwar
  • Navin Talwar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 2 Reviews

"Good Holiday Trip."

  • Posted 11 months ago
Amarkantak is covered with forest and with lots of spiritual values. Its the place of God Shiva .One should visit this place for spiritual peace. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was excellent, sight seeing is good,best weather after....... More
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Narendra  Bhatia
  • Narendra Bhatia
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Indore
  • 12 Reviews

"Amarkantak is a holy place."

  • Posted 1 year ago
Though Amarkantak is a holy place but can be developed as a tourist spot. It has lot of places of interests with lakes river bodies and water falls; apart from temples. Lush green scenery big trees are part of its landscape. Food,....... More
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Bhola nath  Dutta
  • Bhola nath Dutta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"NARMADA DARSHAN"

  • Posted 1 year ago
It is a very good and pleasant area and the place of goddess. The narmada river is very beautiful and all other places are very attractive for me and my families. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Vegetarian food, normal, i have not....... More
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Amarkantak Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 3438 m
Amarkantak is a pilgrim town which is situated in the Anuppur District in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This town is also known as the 'Theerthraj', meaning the king of pilgrimages. It is a meeting place of the Satpuras and Vindhyas, the two huge mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh.

Amarkantak is also the origin of the Narmada River, Johilla River and Son River. The Narmada River flows towards the western side and the Son River flows to the east. There are various holy ponds, Maikal Hills and dense forests in the region that attract adventure seekers from across the globe.

This region has an elevation of around 1,048 metres above sea level. The Kapil Dhara Falls are located near Gaumukh, which is the source of the Narmada River. Through these falls, the Narmada River leaves Anuppur and enters the Dindori District, covering more than 20 metres.

Kabir Chabutra is around 4 kilometres from Amarkantak and is a junction point of Bilaspur, Dindori and Anuppur Districts. The Narmada River is more than 150 million years old and is considered to be sacred by Hindus. It is believed that pilgrims visiting Amarkantak can attain ‘nirvana’ or ultimate salvation.

The rivers originating from Amarkantak find description in Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Shatapatha Brahmana and Vashistha Samhita. It is believed that Amarkantak was called as Piksh Parvat in the Puranas.

Amarkantak was founded about 6,000 years back by the Suryavanshi Samrat Mandhata, who named this town as Mandhata. The wife of Samrat Purukutsa (son of Samrat Mandhata), named the river as Narmada. This area had an occupational significance, which led to the settlement of the descendants of Mandhata on the banks of river Narmada.

The Puranas also state that this Vindhyachal area was situated in the kingdom of Ayodhya. Popular rishis like Bhrigu Rishi, Kapila Muni and Markandeya Rishi had their ashrams in this region. It is also believed that the Pandavas stayed here in Amarkantak during their exile.

Adi Shankaracharya was also born here after 3,000 years of Mahabharata in 788 AD. He founded the famous Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple. The Kalachuri King was given this area in dowry by the Chedi King during the 10th or 11th century AD.

Karnadeva of the Kalachuri dynasty constructed various temples at this location during his reign from 1042 to 1072 AD. The King of Nagpur ruled Amarkantak till 1808, which later came under the British rule. Recently, the UPA government selected Amarkantak as the place for India's first Tribal University.

The best season to visit Amarkantak is in the month of April, when the temperature varies from 14⁰ Celsius to 27⁰ Celsius.

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