Holy City & Destination Point Amarkantak
The town of
Amarkantak: a source of invaluable Jadi-Butis
The forests surrounding Amarkantak are home to various invaluable medicinal plants like brahmi, gulbakawali, safedmusli, kalimusli, tejraj, bhojraj, patalkumhna, kali haldi, devraj, hatahjodi, jatashankari, ashta gandha. At present the local vaids use them to make herbal remedies, some of which are well known for their potency
Amarkantak is 71 Kms. from Anupppur,
which is an important railway junction of the South Eastern Central
Railway. Amarkantak is at a distance of 320 Kms. from
and 265 Kms. from Rewa by road and around 100
Kms. from Shahdol.
Places of Tourist Attraction
As discussed earlier Amarkantak is known primarily for its religious importance. The various places of tourist attraction are as follows:
Narmdeshwar temple which has a holy kund made at the
source of river
2. Mai Ka Bagiya
About one Km. from the main temple, there is a garden, which lies in a densely forested area. It is popularly believed that the Narmada devi used to pluck flowers in this garden.
The point of origin of the Sone river. It is also a “sunrise” point.
It is around 3 Kms. from Amarkantak on a difficult forest trek route. It is believed that Bhrigu Rishi meditated here. The Parasvinayak and Chandi caves are on this route.
5. Kabir Chabutra
Saint Kabir spent time here in meditation.
6. Jwaleshwar Mahadev
The origin of river Johilla. There is a temple deep in the forest ofJwaleshwar Mahadev . There is a 'sunset point' close to this temple.
At a distance of 8 Kms.from the origin of riverNarmada, the river falls from a height of 100 feet creating a waterfall known as Kapildhara. It is believed that the Kapil rishi meditated here.
At a distance of 1 Km.
from Kapildhara there is
another beautiful waterfall on the river
9. Shambhudhara & Durgadhara
Two other extremely beautiful waterfalls are situated deep in the forest. One has to walk a few Kms. to see these breathtaking waterfalls.
10. Sarvodya Jain Temple
This temple is under construction.It is considered a construction marvel. Cement and iron have not been used in this temple and the weight of the idol to be placed in the temple is around 24 Tones.
Besides these regularly visited sites, all roads from Amarkantak within 3 Km radius are excellent trekking routes where one can behold the beauty of nature in its breathtakingly untouched form.
Existing facilities at Amarkantak
The existing facilities at Amarkantak
whether through the government or the private delivery
system, are neither in tune with the importance of the place nor adequate
to cater to a regular tourist flow. There are a few
tourist cottages maintained by the local municipal body. The Madhya
Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation runs
Mobile phone services are available in Amarkantak.Mobile operators including BSNL, Reliance Smart have their service presence in Amarkantak. In addition, broadband internet connectivity offered by BSNL is also available in browsing cafes. Thus tourists can avail internet facility in Amarkantak.
The local market place needs to be organized properly. There is also a 'Haat-Bazaar' site coming up where Self Help Groups from all over the district will market rural products produced by them.This has the potential of becoming an important tourist attraction in future.
There is a Bus-Stand that needs a facelift, as many tourists prefer coming to Amarkantak by road.
Ganesh Temple, Baigarh near Amarkantak
A temple of Lord Ganesha is located in Baigarh a small village, a few Kilometers from the main road connecting Rajendragam and Amarkantak. An idol of Lord Ganesha blessing the devotees is the sight of divine attraction. The temple is surrounded by forest area with springs of pure water originating from the river Narmada. The temple is located in a landscape of natural beauties and herbals which would offer the devotees a great place for worship and meditation. An Ancient temple, which is said to be built by the Pandav is also situated behind this Ganesha's temple.