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Amarkantak: The Holy City

Monday - January 28, 2019 6:34 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN: Amarkantak that lies in the newly created district of Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh is a small town of prime religious importance because of the origin and significance of two great rivers -the Narmada and the Sone. While the Narmada flows Westwards from Amarkantak, the Sone flows towards the East. These rivers are the valuable gifts to this part of the country. The great poet Kalidas has mentioned it as Amrakoot.

Myth is that the dense forests of the region were full of mango (amra) trees. So Kalidas named it as Amrakoot, which later became Amarkantak. The town is also known for the famous temples namely the Narmada temple, the Sati temple and the oldest of them all the Shiv mandir. The beauty of the Kapildhara would fascinate and captivate any visitor to this place. There are many more temples of great religious importance. Situated on the Maikal mountain range at an altitude of 1067 mt. Amarkantak is a meeting point of the Vindhya and the Satpura mountain ranges.

Blessed by nature, the area is characterised by holy ponds, lofty hills, forests, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and deep gorges that are misty and sylvan. Besides attracting devotees of all types due to its religious importance, Amarkantak has picturesque/rustic location, rich vegetation, forested surroundings and pleasantly moderate climatic conditions which attract all kinds of tourists not only from all over the country but from all over the world. Internationally acclaimed as a natural heritage zone, the dense forests of Amarkantak depict a unique ecosystem that has diverse flora and fauna. The Central government has established at Amarkantak the first tribal University of India named Indira Gandhi National tribal University.

This is unique in the sense that it will have its regional campuses in all the tribal dominated states of the country. Amarkantak is located in the eastern region of Madhya Pradesh, close to the state border of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. The nearest airports are Jabalpur (230 kms) and Raipur (230 kms). Pre-paid taxi services are available from Jabalpur airport to Amarkantak. The nearest railway station for Amarkantak is Pendra Road at a distance of 45kms.

Bilaspur (140 kms) & Jabalpur (245 kms) could be alternate options to reach Amarkantak. Number of taxi options is available for further journey to reach this place. There are also state owned transport buses from Pendra Road, Shahdol and Bilaspur. Amarkantak is connected by buses to Jabalpur (245 km), Rewa (261 km) and Shahdol (67 km). The best option to roam the town is on foot. Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are the cheapest and easiest modes for visiting nearby places. There are many hotels, dharamshalas, dormitories and lodges for stay and most of them are cheap. A visit to the place is must because of the sanctity and piousness it exudes that purifies the mind and soul and gifts us the memory of a lifetime. Summers are very pleasant and winters are quite cold – thus the place can be enjoyed all round the year, as the changing weather changes the landscape and vegetation patterns from season to season, enriching our experience. -Window To News

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