AMARKANTAK A MOST IMPORTANT PLACE FOR SADHAKS, TAPSWI’S & TOURISTS.
I HAVE VISITED THIS WONDERFUL PLACE,BY FAULT OR MY DESTINY TAKEN ME THERE.IN MAY 2012,I WAS IN GOA ATTENDING SRI VIDIYA SADHNA(LEVEL -3) BY AVDHOOT BABA SHIVANAND JEE MAHARAJ,AFTER FINISHING THE SHIVIR,I WAS MAKING THE PLAN TO GO TO EKANT VAS FOR 21 DAYS FOR PRACTISING THE VIDIYA ONE OF MY SADHIKA FREIND IN SHIVIR HAS SUGGESTED ME THE NAME OF AMARKANTAK TEMPLE,FROM WHERE THE HOLY RIVER” NARMDA”ORGINATES,ALSO SHE HAS TOLD ME THAT,HIS HUSBAND WILL MAKE ALL MY BOARDING LODGING,ARRANGEMENTS AT FREE O COST AS HE IS THE LAND REVENUE REGISTRAR OF AMAR KANTAK,THIS WAY I HAVE REACHED THERE & I MUST SAY IS” A MUST PLACE TO VISIT”
It is one of the ancient temples of great traditional value, Narmdeshwar temple which is dedicated to Narmada Devi is in Amarkantak. Narmada Udgam is an open ‘kund ‘at the origin of river Narmada in Amarkantak. As per mythological belief, the holy river Narmada takes its origin from Lord Shiva and descended from heaven at Narmada Udgam in Amarkantak. Pilgrims and the tourists visit Narmada Udgam to perform rituals and prayers. There are about twenty small temples around this ‘kund’, like Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiv Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple,etc. Evening Aarti at temples in Amarkantak is another attraction for visitors and devotees.
Fom a distance of 1 Km. from Kapildhara in Amarkantak, Dudh Dhara is a quite and tranquil falls with only just 10 ft. high stream, famous for the scenic beauty.
Dhuni Pani in Amarkantak is a natural Hot Spring and is been believed that the water of the spring has an elixir like property by which it can heal the people from fatal diseases.
A sanctified place of pilgrimage for Hindus which has a great area of natural beauty enhances its popularity. Amarkantak is the source of one of the most venerated rivers of central India, the mighty Narmada as also of the River Sone. For the people of Chhattisgarh state the Narmada River is more than a holy river; its waters are the wellspring of life and prosperity in the region. The Narmada begins its earthly journey at a place called Mai ki Bagiya in Amarkantak – that plus the waterfalls of Dugdha Dhara and Kapil Dhara attracts both the religious and the secular traveller.
Mai ki Bagiya – About 1 Km. from the auspicious Narmada kund, Mai ki Bagiya is one of the prettiest locations in Amarkantak which is spotted with endless varieties of Mangos, Bananas and many other fruits along with flowery plants. It is popularly believed that Narmada devi used to pluck flowers in this garden. Mai ki Bagiya is quite famous for large varities of medicinal herbs and plants.
Sonmuda -About 2 km away from Narmadakund in Amarkantak is the Sonemuda which is the origin point of Sone River. The location is awesome with its scenic beauty and is famous as a “sunrise” point.
Kapildhara – from a distance of 8 Km of the origin of river Narmada in Amarkantak, Kapildhara is an eye catching waterfall of 100 ft. height, famous for its heavenly feeling. It is believed that the Kapil rishi meditated here. Adjacent to Kapildhara, there is a beautiful garden which is another attraction for tourists
.Dhuni Pani in Amarkantak is a natural Hot Spring and is been believed that the water of the spring has an elixir like property by which it can heal the people from fatal diseases.
Jwaleshwar Mahadev is at a distance of 8 km from Amarkantak on Shahdol road. The temple of Jwaleshwar Mahadev is situated at the origin of river Johilla amidst deep forests. According to mythological belief, Lord Shiva himself established a Shivlinga here and also scattered crores of other Shivlingas over Maikal Mountain in Chhattisgarh that is known as ‘Maha Rudra Meru’. There is a ‘sunset point’ close to this temple.
The Amarkantak-Achanakmar Biosphere Reserve consists of majority of the region of the state of Madhya Pradesh and parts of the district of Bilaspur in the state of Chhattisgarh. After the declaration of this region as a biosphere reserve, the government has been engaged in activities to preserve the forest area.The government here has made continuous efforts for eco-restoration and is introducing schemes of agro-forestry in the biosphere reserve. The forest of Amarkantak is home to a variety of trees and herbs of medicinal value. The forest region is home to the wildlife that comprises of the bison, tiger, barking deer, musk deer and the sambar.
Best time to visit the holy place of Amarkantak is from August to March.
How to Reach the Temple
Through Railways- the nearest railway station to Amarkantak is Pendra Road (17 km) in Chhatisgarh, though Anuppur (48km) is more convenient. Bilaspur (120 km) in Chhattisgarh is also another city close to Amarkantak and linked through railway network with all major cities of India