If you want to plan a trip to enjoy either a full moon or no moon night, Chitrakoot may be your salvation. People gather here on Amavasya or Poornima nights, and the sight it creates is no lesser than magic on a Hill.
Situated in the Baghelkhand region, in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, lies this cultural feast. Chitrakoot’s spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages. It was in these deep forests that Ram, Sita and Lakshman spent a few months of their fourteen years of exile.
The Mandakini River Meanders through this holy land. For the pious, a dip in the holy water at Ramghat can cleanse the soul. And for the traveller, it is an occasion to immerse themselves in a truly epic experience along the ghat, with chanting sadhus, exultant pilgrims and a moment that takes you back in time.
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In the vicinity is the Bharat Milap temple, where Ram’s brother is said to have met him after being forced to replace Ram on the throne. You can also take a swim in the crystal and healing waters of Janaki Kund.
For anyone looking for some peace and quiet, the Sati Anusuya Ashram, located a little upstream on Mandakini is a relief. Chitrakoot is also a major centre for Yoga and Ayurveda practise.
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You can access an amazing panoramic view of Chitrakoot, studded with temple, and traversed by the Mandakini near the ghat, from a vantage point known as Hanuman Dhara. The Dhara is a spring, located hundreds of feet up a steep cliff.
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Chitrakoot is aptly called the hill of many wonders, as the myriad sites make this destination a traveller’s delight. Visit Chitrkoot to vet your wanderlust on a true experience of the Indian hinterland.
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