(Last Updated on : 18-10-2014)
Chitrakuta, also spelt Chitrakoot, is an isolated hill situated in the Madhya Pradesh state of India
. Chitrakuta is located fifty miles south-east of the town of Banda
. This hill is linked with Lord Rama
who is one of the many popular deities in Hinduism
. In addition to this, Chitrakuta hill is home to various ancient temples
, tranquil forest glades and quiet rivers
. This place draws the attention of the pilgrims and tourists throughout the year.
Etymology of Chitrakuta Hill
The term Chitrakuta means the 'Hill of many wonders'.
Religious Places of Chitrakuta Hill
Chitrakuta hill's association with various Indian mythological stories makes it more popular among the tourists. Chitrakuta is one of the oldest pilgrimages
in the country. It is a sacred spot crowded with temples
and shrines of Lord Rama
. It is believed that Lord Rama and Sita
spent eleven of their fourteen years of exile in the dense forests of this hill. There is also a belief that Rama had taken a dip at Ramghat with Lakshman and Sita on their arrival at Chitrakuta. And Ramghat presently is one of the most pleasant bathing ghats in Chitrakuta which is positioned at the centre of town.
It is also renowned for being the seat of Valmiki
, the sage and poet famous as the author of the Ramayana
. Again, this is the place where the principal trinity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma
and Mahesh, took their incarnations.
Chitrakoot is located in the northern Vindhya Mountain Range
spread over the adjacent states of Uttar Pradesh
and Madhya Pradesh
. Chitrakoot Parvat Mala comprises Kamad Giri, Janki Kund, Lakshman pahari, Hanumaan Dhara, and Devangana. These are all famous mountains
having religious significance. This peculiarly shaped mountain also has many caves that are worth visiting.
is the name of a nearby town. This place is known as a centre of large number of temples and sites that are mentioned in various Hindu scriptures. Devotees from all parts of the country gather here on the occasion of Amavasya
. Some of the special occasions of such huge celebrations and gatherings are Somwati Amavasyas, Diwali
, Sharad-Poornima, Makar Sankranti
The hill also houses some ashrams including the Valmiki
Ashram, Sutikshna Ashram and Sati Anusuya Ashram that are popular religious places of the area. Other places of interest are Pramod Van, Janaki Kund, Ram Shaiyya, Sphatik Shila, Bharat Milap Mandir, Bharat Koop, Shabari Fall, Param Kutir, Hanuman Dhara, Viradh Kund and Lakshman Chowki.