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Ramghat

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Ramghat is the most important pilgrimage site of Chitrakoot located on the banks of River Mandakini. The importance of this place is so immense that the place Chitrakoot has almost become synonymous with Ramghat.
A pleasant boat ride in the deep waters of enchantingly beautiful river Mandakini offers a panoramic view of Chitrakoot.
 

Kamadgiri

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Kamadgiri, the original Chitrakuta, is a place of prime religious significance. A forested hill, it is skirted all along its base by a chain of temples and is venerated today as the holy embodiment of Rama. Lord Rama is also known as Kamadnathji which literally means fulfiller of all wishes.
The Bharat Milap temple is located here, marking the spot where Bharat is said to have met Rama to persuade him to return to the throne of Ayodhya. Many are the faithful who perform the ritual circuit (parikrama), of the sacred hill, to ask for a boon or a blessing.
 

Janki Kund

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Upstream from Ramghat is a beautiful stretch of the Mandakine, a symphony of nature in tones of earth-brown and leaf-green, the intense blue of the river waters finding a paler echo in the canopy of the sky. It is said that in this idyllic pastoral setting, Sita would bathe in the crystal clear waters, during the years of her exile with Rama. Certainly, this quiet spot seems to have been specially blessed, for an aura of total harmony and quietitude haloes it, setting it apart from the bustle of the everyday world.
There are two approaches to Janaki Kund: 2 km up from Ramghat by boat, or by road along a foliage-lined drive.
 

Sati Anusuya

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Sati Anusuya is located further upstream, set amidst thick forests that resound to the melody of birdsong all day. It was here that Atri Muni, his wife Anusuya, and their three sons (who were the three incarnations of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh), are said to have meditated. The Mandakini is believed to have been created by Anusuya lies about 16 km from the town and can be reached by road - an undulating, curving drive through densely wooded areas.
 

Hanuman Dhara

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Located on a rock-face several hundred feet up a steep hillside is a spring, said to have been created by Rama to assuage Hanuman when the latter returned after setting Lanka on fire. A couple of temples commemorate this spot which offers a panoramic view of Chitrakoot. There is an open, paved area here in the shade of a massive peepul tree, a lovely halting place after the long climb up.
 

Sphatik Shila

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This place is known for a large rock where, as per the local beliefs, Lord Ram and Goddess Sita used to sit when they first arrived at Chitrakoot and feasted their eyes on its beauty. The rock still bears imprints made by their sitting on this rock. The interesting fact about this rock is that it is one of its kind in the world. It is supposedly composed largely of Sulphur, but, given its age, it should have degraded long ago.
 

Gupt-Godavari

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18 km from the town by road is a natural wonder located some distance up the side of a hill. The wonder here is a pair of caves, one high and wide with an entrance through which one can barely pass, and the other, long and narrow with a stream of water running along its base. It is believed that Rama and his brother Lakshman held court in the latter cave, which has two, natural, throne-like rocks.

 

Bharat Koop

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Bharat Koop is where Bharata stored holy water collected from all the places of pilgrimage in India. It is small, isolated spot a few kilometres from the town.