An Evening at Ramghat in Chitrakoot
Following morning, we boarded bus to Chitrakoot. Journey from Allahabad was quite annoying, unnecessarily tiring and surprisingly slow. It was a bumpy ride in which we had to change the mode of transport couple of times. After a whole day of travel, we made it to the Chitrakoot in the evening and hired a six seater to visit for all the famous tourist sites. Chitrakoot is famous for its temples scattered in the northern Vindhya Range of mountains. After reaching Chitrakoot, We get to know about countless temples those are dispersed deep within dense forest amid serene countryside of rural Madhya Pradesh. We started with Sati Anusuya Ashram that is situated further upstream on the bank of Mandakini River and some 16 km away from Chitrakoot city. It has many temples and scriptures related to Lord Rama’s Journey from Ayodhya to Lanka. With birds chirping in the background jazzing with the silence of tranquil forest, Sati Anusuya Ashram is perfect recess from usual cacophony of tourists.
Road to Sati Anusuya Ashram Chitrakoot
Soon after visiting Sati Anusuya Ashram we headed to famous Gupt Godavari Dham. Gupt Godavari is 18 km away from the Chitrakoot town. At Gupt Godavari, there is couple of narrow caves with water flowing till your knees.
Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita spent some time in and around Chitrakoot dham while serving an exile of 14 years in the forest. While coming back from Gupt Godavari we visited Sphatic shila which is worshipped as footprints of Lord Rama and Sita. Most of these holy sites are in the dense forest through which timid river mandakini slink silently. finally we returned back to main town of Chitrakoot and lodged into a room....Ashwini got stuff from a village and I rolled it up....
Gupt Godavari Dham Near Chitrakoot
Chitrakoot is on the bank of river Mandakini and in each aspect its mini Varanasi but gifted with much serene and splendid countryside. It’s a very small town and a famous Hindu pilgrimage. The river side at Ramghat in the night was utterly peaceful and soothing to the running thoughts of our head. Sit quietly there for hours, we gazed to the constant flow of thin river stream. It’s the perfect location for contemplating exothermic thoughts and embracing the sheer isolation from the society.
Sphatic shila Chitrakoot
Next morning, we headed to Hanuman Dhara. It’s on a hill top so we had to hike up to peak. There is a water fall on the top and we took bathe in that sacred water in a hope of atonement for our sins. After blessing from sacred waters, we visited all the temples on the hill top. On each temple, Priest insisted us to offer some cash on the images of Gods and Goddesses. Case offering went on and on until we dwindled with cash. It’s a very common incident that happens with most of the tourists there. Please handle it with intellect and try to ignore the aggressive attitude of priests. We were bit disappointed with the behavior of priests on those temples.
Hanuman Dhara Near Chitrakoot
From the temple we rushed back to Chitrakoot and then took a bus to Allahabad so that I don't miss my connecting train to Delhi. I reached to the railway station and unfortunately the train in which I booked the ticket got canceled (Courtesy to notorious fog of winters) and I had to bribe someone to assure a seat in another train to Delhi. And I made it back to my pseudo life but those 4 days on the road in the winters of 2008 certainly has an exclusive rank in my memories.
Special Thanks for Ashwini for helping and accompanying me in executing such an edifying trip.