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Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh Travel Guide

Amarkantak is located at the emerging point if the Rivers Narmada, Sone and Johila. It is the meeting point of vindychal and Satpura mountain ranges at Maikal Hills. Amarkantak region is placed at the district of Anuppur in Madya Pradesh state of India. Amarkantak is a small town with the population of about 7000 natives according to 2001 census. Amarkantak lies as a flat platue about 1000 meters above sea level, it has a temperate climate. The meeting of three districts of Bilaspur, Dindori and Anuppur is Kabir Chabutra lying 4 Kms from Amarkantak. July and August are the actual monsoon months in Amarkantak there are rains in winter too. By records February is the only dry month here. Due to good rains the place has become an ideal place for forest vegetation growth. Amarkantak has a dense vegetation of sal plantations various species of plants grow here including some rare plants which are normally found in North Eastern India and Himalayan forests. Amarkantak is connected by different roads in different directions to Rewa, Shahdol, Anuppur, Jabalpur, Katni and Pendra. The nearest Railway stations are Anuppur and Pendra road which is only 43 Kms via Keonchi n adjust 28 Kms via Jwaleshwar. The nearest airport is situated at Jabalpur which is about 240 Kms fron Amarkantak. Amarkantak was the place of Gods nevertheless the Demons bothered them hence the name Amar (immortal) Knatak (obstruction). According to ancient religious scriptures Amarkantak was the choicest worshiping place for the three world Viz. for Gods, Gandharvas (natives of haven) and the Asuras (demons). Many saints have achieved spiritual powers here. It is said that who so ever dies in Amarkantak attains Heaven. Any female making an offering of Flowers and Fruits here, gains respect of her husband and a place in heaven. When Tripura was burned and ruined by lord Shiva the ashes of one town fell on mount Kailash, ash of one more one fell above Amarkantak and the third part was kept by the Lord in Heaven. The falling Ash in Amarkantak turned into Corers of Shivlingas. Out of the numerous only one Shivling is able to be seen now at Jwaleshwar in Amarkantak. Actually Vedic literatures does not mention anything about Amarkantak and its Rivers, but these find mention in Purans, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Vashistha Samhita and Shatapatha Brahmana. The places of tourist importance is Amarkantak are: I) Ancient Temples. II) Sonemunda, The originating place of River Sone III) Kabir Chabutra IV) Number of places of scenic beauty V) The pilgrim centers at the origin places of three important Rivers. VI) Narmadakund (the place of origin of Narmada River). The place is an open pool surrounded by many temples such as Shiva Temple, Narmada Temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Gorakhnath temple, Shri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar temple, Mahadev Temple, Durga temple, Shiv Parivar, Siddheshwar temple, Shri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple and many more. VII) Sonemuda, the origin of Sone River. VIII) Mai Ki bagiya siruated about one km from Narmadakund is a natural garden of Mango and banana and many other fruit trees. IX) Located about six Kms from Narmadakund is Kapildhara waterfall, sage Kapil lived here. X) Kabir Chabutra is the spot wher saint Kabir resided and attained spiritual powers. It is the meeting point of Anuppur, Bilaspur and Dindori districts Kabir waterfall is located here. XI) Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev Temple

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