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Chitrakoot

About The City

     Celebrated in ballads and the scriptures for its natural beauty and closely associated with the epic Ramayan, Chitrakoot or "the hill of many wonders" is a hallowed centre of pilgrimage. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita spent their 14 years of exile and where the Sage Atri and Sati Anasuya meditated. The holy town is set in sylvan surroundings on the banks of the River Mandakini,also known as the Payaswaini river. The riverside is lined with ghats and the town dotted with temples dedicated to several deities of the Hindu pantheon.

Area : 38.2 sq. km.

Population : 37494 (1991 census)

Altitude : 207 mtrs. above sea level.

Season : July-March

Clothing (Summer) : Light Cottons (Winter) : Woollens

Language : Hindi, Bundeli, English

Local Transport : Cycle Rickshaw during fairs and festivals, taxis also ply between Chitrakoot, Rajapur and Karvi.

STD Code : 0519 (Half of Chitrakoot lies in U.P. and the other half in M.P. To dial for U.P. Chitrakoot 765 has to be added to the Banda Code 0519. To dial for M.P. Chitrakoot 865 has to be added instead.

Accessibility

Air

     From Chitrakoot the nearest airport is Khajuraho : 185 km.

Rail

     The nearest railway station for Chitrakoot is Karvi : 8 km. Some of the major trains are 1181.1182 and 1159/1160 Agra Howrah Exp); 1107/1108 Bundelkhand Exp; 1449/1450 Mahakaushal Exp (Kutub Exp_; 5009/5010 Chitrakoot Exp (Lucknow-Jabalpur); 1069/1070 Tulsi Exp (Allahabad-Mumbai), Bundelkhand Exp (Gwalior-Allahabad).

Road

     Chitrakoot is well connected by road. There are regular bus services to Banda, Allahabad, Jhansi, Varanasi, Chhatarpur, Satna, Kanpur, Faizabad, Lucknow, Agra, Maihar, etc. Some Road distances are : Allahabad - 125 km. Satna - 75 km. Lucknow - 285 km, Mahoba - 127 km, Kalinjar 88 km, Jhansi 274 km.

Place Of Interest

Kamadgiri

    
A forested hill of prime religious significance, this is believed to be the original Chitrakoot. The Bharat Milap Temple is located here. Pilgrims perform a ritual circumambulation of the hill to seek blessings.

Sphatik Shila

    This picturesque spot is marked by two immense rocks. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita feasted their eyes on the beauty of Chitrakoot.

Hanuman Dhara

    Located on a steep hillside, it is approachable by a flight of 360 steps. Here, the waters of a natural spring cascade over an image of Lord Hanuman.

Ram Ghat

    On the banks of the River Mandakini, and centre of ritual activity, this ghat is the most frequented in Chitrakoot. The "Aarti" performed in the evening is particularly beautiful.

Janki Kund

    An unusual cave over the Mandakini. Said to be the place where Sita bathed.

Accommodation

Pramod Van (Anand Ram Jaipuria Smriti Bhawan Ph : (0519-765) 22221

Kamad Giri Bhawan (MP) Ph : (0519-865) 2357

Annapurna (Vinod Lodge) (MP). Ph : (0519-865) 2301

MP State Tourism Bungalow. (MP). Ph : (0519-865) 2326

Roopali Lodge, (Near Dharmshala)

Mata Shri Chitrakoot Dam Karvi Rly. Stn.) Ph : (0519-765) 23024

UP Tourism Accommodation

Tourist Bungalow (UPSTDC). Ph : (0519-765) 22219

Yatri Niwas 'Chitrakoot' (UPSTDC) - offers affordable

Accommodation for groups and is specially designed with facilites for cooking.

Resturant
   Only local eateries/dhabas serving Indian cuisine are available.

Mata Shri Anand Ram Jaipuriya Smriti Bhojanalay, Sitapur, Chitrakoot. Ph : (0519-765) 22217

Tourist Bungalow Restaurant, Chitrakoot Dham. Ph : (0519-765) 22219.

Annapurna Restaurant, (Near Ram Ghat). (MP) Ph : (0519-865) 2301.

Sri Ram Restaurant (Near Ram Ghat).

Bank

State Bank of India, Sitapur, Chitrakoot Dham, Near Bus Stand. Ph : (0519-765) 22216.

Post & Telegraph

Post Office, Chitrakoot Dham, Sitapur, Chitrakoot. Ph : (0519-765) 22252

Hospital

Government Hospital, Near Bus Stand, Chitrakoot Dham, Sitapur

Excursions

Gupt Godavari

     
19 km. This is a tiny rivulet which flows into tanks at the end of an underground cave. The source of this rivulet remains unfathomable. Two natural throne-line rocks in the cave have led to the belief that Lord Rama and his brother Laxman held court here.

Bharat Koop

     To attain Salvation, the pilgrimage to Chitrakoot is incomplete without a visit to this hallowed place of worship. It is said that , to crown Lord Rama as the king of Ayodhya, his brother Bharat, collected the waters of all sacred rivers to anoint him with. On the advice of Sage Atri, the waters were later poured into a deep well popularly known as Bharat Koop. A temple dedicated to Lord Rama is also found here.

Sati Anasuya

     13 km. It was here that Atri Muni, his wife Anasuya and their three sons meditated. An ashram in Anasuya's name is located here. It is believed that the Mandakini river emerged as a result of Anasuya's meditation.

Rajapur

     38 km. The birthplace of Goswami Tulsidas, who wrote the world famous Shri Ram Charita Manas.

Ganeshbagh

     11km. On the Karvi-Devangana road near Bankey Siddhapur village, is located Ganeshbagh, where a richly carved temple, a seven storeyed baoli and ruins of a residential palace still exist. The complex was built by Peshwa Vinayak Rao as a summer retreat and is often referred to as a mini-Khajuraho.

Kalinjar

      88 km. From Chitrakoot lies the invincible Fort of Kalinjar. Once desired by kings & dynasties, it houses within itself the Nilkanth temple, Swarga Rohan Kund, Vakhandeshwar Mahadev Temple, Shivasari Ganga & Koti Tirth. Other interesting spots within the fort area are Sita Sej, Patal Ganga, Pandu Kund, Budhi-Tall, Bhairon Ki Jharia and Mrigdhara.

Sitapur

     Lying on the left bank of Payaswani about 8 km. From Karvi, it is intimately connected with the sacred hills of Kamtanath, which is 2 km to its south – west. Pilgrims first bathe in payaswani at Sitapur and then move on to do the Parikrama of Kamtanath hill. Originally known as Jaisinghpur, it was given to Mahant Charandas by Aman Singh Raja of Panna, who gave it the new name Sitapur in honour of maa Sita. There are twenty four Ghats and several temples along the river, which add to the glory of the town.

Rajapur

     42 km from Chitrakoot, this place is believed to be the birth place of Goswami Tulsidas. A Tulsi Mandir is situated here.

Marpha

     4 km from Gupt Godavari is Marpha, famous for its natural beauty alongwith waterfalls, Jal Mochan Sarovar, Shri Balaji mandir, 5 faced statue of Lord Shankar and ruins of a fort, believed to be built by Chandel Rajas.

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