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Amarkantak

Amarkantak is an amalgamation of natural beauty and sacred pilgrimage for Hindus. The meeting point of Vindhyas, Satpuras and Maikal mountain and the origin of holy rivers Narmada, Sone and Johila makes Amarkantak an enchanting destination.
Situated in the Anupur district of Madhya Pradesh, Amarkantak is a holy town famous for the origin of the Narmada river blessed by lord Shiva with unique purifying power. According to folklore even Ganga the sacred of all rivers occasionally takes a dip in Narmada to clean itself.
Blessed by nature with beautiful waterfalls, hills, sylvan forested surroundings and an air of serene tranquility, Amarkantak is a destination for the seekers of spiritual and natural harmony.
Dotted with ancient temples and Amarkantaka holds immense religious importance for Hindus. Of the many  mythological stories associated with the place is that the ashes produced by the destruction of Tripura by Lord Shiva fell on Amarkantak and turned into countless shivalingas The lingam at Jwaleshwar in Amarkantak is one of them.
The mention of Amarkantak in mythology dates back to the times of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It was a part of the Kingdom of Ayodhya and was known as Riksh parvat in olden times. A small town was founded by the ancient king Mandhata in the Riksh parvat valley and later his descendents settled on the banks of river Narmada. Adi Shankarachrya, born in 788 AD founded Pataleshwar Mahadev, at the source of Narmada river in Amarkantak The place is more commonly known as Suraj Kund today.
The Kalchuri Maharaja Karnadeva who ruled the region from 1042-1072 AD was responsible for constructing temples at Surajkund. More recently, till 1808 Amarkantak was under the reign of the King of Nagpur and was later occupied by the British rulers.
Narmadakund and surrounding temples
The origin of Narmada river primarily forms an open pool which is known as Narmadakund. There are several temples surrounding the Kund which include the Narmada and Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple and Eleven Rudra temples.
Sonemuda
Sonemuda is the place from where the Sone River originates. Just 1.5 kms away from the Narmadakund this place is quite picturesque with, the river cascadeing down almost a hundred feet from the Maikal Mountain.
Bhrigu Kamandal
About three km from Amarkantak is Brighu Kamandal is an ancient kamandal (water pitcher) always full of water. It is believed that Brighu Rishi meditated here.
Mai ki Bagiya (Goddess garden)
As the name suggests, it is an enchanting natural garden dedicated to mother Narmada. The orchard is ornamented with variety of trees like mangoes, banana roses, gulabkavli and other plants. According to a popular myth, this orchard is believed to be the playground of river Narmada, where she came to pluck flowers. The Bagiya finds mention in writings of Kalidasa.
Kabir chabutra
Kabir Chabutra was supposed to be the place for meditation of Kabir, a famous saint who spread the bhakti philosophy. The Chabutra has a very religious importance for his followers. Here, kabirdas spent many years, and met another great saint Guru Nanak and discussed spirituality
Kalachuri and Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev temples
Kalachuri Temples These temples are located to the south of Narmadakund and belong to the Kalachuri period 1042-1072 AD, constructed by the Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva. The Jwaleshwar temple situated 8 kms from Amarkantak is the source of Juhila River. According to a popular mythological belief, Lord Shiva established a Shivling here and also scattered several Lingas over Maikal Mountain.
Dhuni Pani
Dhuni Pani is a natural hot water spring located in the midst of a forest.
Dhuni Pani
Dhuni Pani is a natural hot water spring located in the midst of a forest.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
JABALPUR 216 Km 03H 45m
Anuppur Junction 70 Km 01H 07m
Pendra Road 23 Km 00H 21m
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Amarkantak can be visited round the year. The cliamte is mild and pleasant and even the rain is moderate.
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