CHITRAKOOT DHAM : Kamadgiri Mountain and Hanuman Dhara

Dear Divine Souls,

After finishing my destination ,Teerthraj Prayag at around 5.00 oclock we headed towards Chitrakoot in our booked car. Chitrakoot is the place where Lord Ram spend most of his time in exile ( eleven and half years) and it was most lovable place by him.The great sage Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharshi Markandeya, Sarbhanga,Sutikshna and various other sages, seers, devotees and thinkers meditated; and here the principal trinity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh, took their incarnations. The whole place is green with vegetation, mountains all around and lot of small river springs meeting Mandakini  river.

आज है चित्रकूट के दर्शन जहा श्री राम अपने १४ साल के वनवास में साडे ११ साल रहे थे . यह जगह उन्हें बहुत प्रिय थी .

Allahabad to Chitrakoot

Allahabad to Chitrakoot

Allahabad to Chitrakoot

The distance between Allahabad and Chitrakoot is around 130 kms. So my understanding was even if we take an average speed of 40 kms/hour then we would reach at 8.30 pm . But to my surprise , There were two railway crossings in between which took lot of time. Apart from this the road condition between Allahabad and Chitrakoot is pathetic with lot of potholes. Also there is a huge jungle in between. It had already gone dark and we couldn’t see any light anywhere. We were really scared seeing such a sight with not even a single person or car on the road. Remember while going on this route one should start early and reach this place before 7.00 PM . We reached Chitrakoot at 11.00 PM when everything was closed. 

Chitrakoot Map

Chitrakoot Dham : Map

After reaching Chitrakoot , we searched hotels but near Ram Ghat the main area of Chitrakoot, all the hotels were full .But one of the Hotel manager called up few hotels and found one room in a hotel called Ram Darbar which was magnificently huge Hotel. The rooms were spacious and just for Rs. 600 a good value for money. We had dinner and dozed off. Early morning we got up and started our tour to Chitrakoot.

 Kamadgiri Mountain and Lord Kamtanath, कामदगिरी पर्वत और भगवान कामतानाथ 

 The first destination was Lord  Kamtanath temple and Pradakshina of Kamadgiri Mountain. Kamadgiri is the main holy place of Chitrakoot Dham . The Sanskrit word ‘Kamadgiri’ means the mountain which fulfills all the wishes and desires. The place is believed to have been the abode of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman during their exile. Lord Kamtanath, another of His names, is the Ishta Deva principal deity not only of Kamadgiri Parvat but of the whole of Chitrakoot. The religious-minded believe that all the holy places (i.e. teerthas) are in the Parikrama or its pilgrimage-path. The pilgrimage path around this hill is about 5 Km long. There are a large number of temples in the Parikrama Path. Except during the summers, the place remains green throughout the year and appears like a bow seen from any place in Chitrakoot.

 We decided to start Pradakshina or Parikrama of Kamadgiri Mountain . This starts with the darshan of Lord Kamtanath. There are many temples of Lord Kamtanath along with the main temple . Parikrama can be started from any point in the path after having darshan of Lord Kamtanath .

चित्रकूट में कामदगिरी पर्वत  पर श्री राम रहते थे और यहाँ पर उनका नाम कामतानाथ है जिसका मतलब सारी कामनाये पूरी करने वाला . कामदगिरी पर्वत की परिक्रमा की जाती है जिससे बहुत पुन्या मिलता है . करीब ५ की . मी का रास्ता है .

Some pictures below are taken from www.harekrsna.com and www.iskcondesiretree.net

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Entrance to Kamadgiri Parikrama

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Entrance to Kamtanath Temple

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Lord Kamtanath

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Shri Ram , Sita Maa , Lakshman jee and Shri Hanuman

(Photo Credits: www.harekrsna.com)

After having the darshan of Lord Kamtanath we decided to start our Parikrama Path . It was 7.00 AM . We had to look whole Chitarkoot today and then had to reach reach Varanasi at night also.

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Another Temple of Lord Kamtanath

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham: Kamadgiri Mountain

( Photo credits : www.iskcontreedsire.net)

The path of Parikrama is smooth with tiles placed so that even if one wants to perform parikrama without foot wear it is possible.

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Kamadgiri Parikrama

Bharat Milap Sthal भरत मिलाप स्थल

Then after just performimg Parikrama for 15 – 20 minutes we reached a place which is called Bharat Milap Mandir . This is the place where Bharat after coming to Ayodhya and performing final rites of his father comes to meet his elder brother Ram to offer him the kingdom. The foot prints of Lord Ram and his brother are still engraved here.  It was such a touching occasion that even stones melted owing to overwhelming emotions and carry their foot prints to this day.

अयोध्या में पिता का अंतिम संस्कार करने के बाद भरत तीनो माताओं के साथ श्री राम को यहाँ मिले थे

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Bharat Milap Sthal

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Bharat Milap Sthal

Then comes Lakshman Pahadi On Parikirama Path

 Lakshman Pahadi लक्ष्मण पहाड़ी

The Lakshman Pahari or Lakshman Hill located on the Parikrama Path of Kamadgiri Mountain half way from the Pramukh Dwar is the hillock where Lakshman; the younger brother of Lord Ram spent most of his time when retired from the services of his elder brother. He used to guard the Kamadgiri  Mountain when Lord Ram and Sita used to rest. There is a temple after Lakshman and a pillar called Lakshman. Pilgrims embrace this pillar as if they were embracing Lakshmana himself .

 I didn’t had much time and to leave as soon as possible , So I bowed down from here itself as most of the pilgrims

 यहाँ पर लक्ष्मण जी राम जी और सीता मैया की रक्षा करते थे , जब वे आराम करते थे

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Lakshman Pahadi

It took around an hour to perform Parikrama or Pradakshina around here. But the feeling while performing this was amazing.

Then we moved to our next desitnation in Chitrakoot which is called Hanuman Dhara.

Hanuman Dhara Temple हनुमान धारा

 It is one among the landmark sites in Chitrakoot Dham.

As any other place in Chitrakoot, Hanuman Dhara also covers a beautiful fable of Lord Ram. It is believed that this cascade was created to ease the hardship of Hanuman while he returned from Lanka after setting fire to Lanka. Lord Ram pierces an arrow in this mountain which springs up water which relieves Shri Hanuman.
Hanuman Dhara provides the awe inspiring scenery of a cascade that falls from the nearby mountains. Though the uphill path is little bit tiresome, the pictorial beauty of the gleaming waterfall take away all your hardships and you will be enthralled by the lovely environ that surrounds you.

An ascend of around  500 steps would get you towards the spring. The temple is dedicated to Hanuman holds a deity which is regarded as one of a rare idol of the monkey god. The spring that falls on the deity gradually fills the nearby kund ais indeed a delightful site to be remembered for a long. Apart from this, Hanuman Dhara gives a implausible view of the legendary town of Chitrakoot and so do not forget to pay a visit to this lovely hillock.

 हनुमान जी जब लंका जलाके आये थे तब वे बहुत थक गए थे और बहुत जलन महसूस कर रहे थे. तब श्री राम जी ने यहाँ बाण मार के एक धारा निकाली जिससे हनुमान जी को राहत मिली .

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Hanuman Dhara

Photo Credits : http://www.indiaunveiled.in

राम जी ने यहाँ बाण मारकर एक धरा निकाली थी जिससे हनुमान जी को राहत मिली थी , लंका जलाने के बाद.

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Near Hanuman Dhara Spring

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Hanuman Dhara ( water sring) falling on the Hanuman Idol

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Hanuman Idol in Hanuman Dhara Temple

Sita Rasoi सीता रसोई

 The Sita Rasoi at Chitrakoot is situated about 100 feet from the Hanuman Dhara. Her kitchen tirtha is also known as Pramadgni Asrama. Shaded by several trees, the place where Sita is said to have cooked kandmools (root vegetables) is very beautiful and peaceful.

 The cylindrical stone shrine sits atop the hill, near another local goddess temple, and adjacent to the Valmiki Asrama. The tirtha name, ‘Sita Rasoi’, is written on a rock outcropping, with a white arrow pointing towards the kitchen.

 सीता रसोई हनुमान धारा से करीब १०० मीटर की दूरी अपर है. यहाँ पर सीता मैया खाना पकाती थी

Chitrakoot Dham

Chitrakoot Dham : Sita Rasoi

Dear Divine Souls,

 Here I come to end of this post . Chitrakoot Dham is a very huge place. There are many places still to visit. In the next post we will visit some of them. Till then,

 Jai Bhole .

42 Comments

  • Praveen Wadhwa says:

    Another great post. I was always looking for some information about Chitrakoot but not much is available at anywhere else.

    Someone told me that it is a very green and serene place and you also affirm it. Got to visit here someday.

  • Surinder Sharma says:

    Hi Vishal,

    Thanks a lot for your post. Long time ago I told to a Sadhu that Chiterkoot in MP. He was laughing on me. Now I know where it is. description and photos so good.

  • Ritesh says:

    Vishal Ji…..
    Very Post with nicly narrative about Holy Chitrakoot Dham….
    Picture are too Good secially Hanuman Dhara & Shri Ram Family….
    Thanks for tour to Chtirakoot
    Ritesh Gupta

  • Saurabh Gupta says:

    A very nice & detailed post Vishal Ji.

    I have also done the parikrama with you through this post. Thanks to show this nice place as I have never seen the picture of Chitrakoot. Sitting on the chair I have visited this nice place.

    Road condition is always very bad in UP as I have also suffered many times but it’s really pathatic to spend time of 6 hours in completing the journy of 130 Km.

    Thanks again for the nice post & photographs.

    Regards.

  • SilentSoul says:

    very good post.. I have never read any travelogue about Chitrakoot. Your post is detailed and with beautiful pictures…???? ???

  • Abheeruchi says:

    Hello Vishal ji,

    Thanks for this wonderful tour of Chitraoot.

    Really liked the paved path of Parikrama (good for devotees who wants to do parikrama barefooted), also Hanuman dhara pic is also good.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • ashok sharma says:

    nice post.

  • D.L.Narayan says:

    Wishing you and your family all the best on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. May the Almighty favour you with the darshan of more and more temples in the year ahead. Thanks, Vishal, for the darshan of Chitrakoot on this special day which also marks the commencement of the Kumbh Mela at Prayag.

  • Gita AM says:

    Until a couple of years ago, I always connected Chitrakoot with the waterfalls of the same name in Chhatisgarh. So it was with a lot of interest that I read your lovely post about the ‘other’ Chitrakoot.

    I notice that the features on some of the idols look rather Caucasian! ISKCON effect?

    Did you sight any wildlife on your journey from A’bad to C’koot?

    Looking forward to continued chapters in this series.

  • Dear Vishal,

    Thanks for reviving my old memories. I had been to Chitrakoot some time in 1981 and since I didn’t have any camera with me, all the memories of the places visited by us faded in the intervening 32 years! The way I remember, there was a place known as Guptkashi also – a very narrow gap between two rocks with a stream of water, with almost no sunlight. I think there were some vultures or ?????? also ! Thanks for the nice post.

  • Since I was posted at Jhansi, we had gone there via some passenger train by which we had undertaken an overnight journey. If my memory is not failing, the return route was also by train but on a different route. Sort of circular journey! :D

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Thank you Vishal for the illustrated detail of Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot is probably made I’m-mortal by that famous Doha of Tulsi

    “Chitrakoot ke ghat par, bhai santan kee bheed
    Tulsidas chandan ragde, tilak kare Raghubeer”

    Few years back, we were driving down (rather up, I guess) to Delhi from ‘Bandhavgarh’ (MP). On the way down to Bandhavgarh from Delhi, we had survived the non-existing Gwalior-Jhansi road and we were looking at ways to avoid it in the return journey. One of the options, which was discussed (there were two families of 3 persons each in two cars) was to go via Chitrakoot and reach Allahabad, since we knew that Allahabad-Delhi (NH2) was in supreme condition. Chitrakoot didn’t excite anyone and we came via the regular route (with a stop over at Gwalior). Since then, this place has been on my mind. I am not sure whether I would be there anytime soon but after reading this log at least , there is a greater peace-of-mind for this destination.

    Thank you.

  • Stone says:

    Another very detailed yet ‘precise’ account of your journey.
    You and Bhalase ji are the best when it comes to writing about religious places.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • AUROJIT says:

    Hi Vishal,
    thanks for these very elaborate, informative and interesting series on Kashi, Prayag trip.
    Your coverage of all relevant details during the journey is really very informative ….
    Thanks, Auro.

  • RNPAREEK says:

    Dear Vishal,
    Our likings and background little bit similar, recently I travelled DWARKA-SOMNATH-PORBANDAR fro Delhi where i lives, by my car,before that I covered NAU DEVI in Himachal, number of times I visited CHARBHUJAJI, near Nathdwara in Rajasthan, deity of CHARBHUJAJI is only one with SWORD & DHAL, after performing pooja and establishing this deity, Pandva started their last journey to Himalay. I want to go chitrakoot by car only but everytime confused to get way(proper) from Agra and onwards, can somebody guide.Lot of thanks for your guiding description.

    • Sorry on road I had been through Allahabad ,So I know about that and being from Mumbai I don’t have much idea.

      Google Maps Shows the way this way : Agra – Firozabad- Etawah- Auraiya- Kanpur- Fatehpur- Banda- Attara – karwi- Chitrakoot

      From Auraiya , there is shorter way: Auraiya – Sikandra – Amraudha- Ghatampur- Hamimpur- Maudaha- Banda- Attara- Karwi – Chitrakoot

      But check the road condition.

      This is it by me . I can only do this. Check from other sources also.

      • Prabhat Kumar says:

        Dear Mr Vishal,

        How far is Hanuman Dhara from Ram Ghat in Chitrakoot? For disabled persons, is any help available to climb up to the Hanuman Dhara temple?

        Regards,

        Prabhat

    • Shailesh Sharma says:

      From Agra you can come to Kanpur and from Kanpur Direct train to Chitrakoot Dham Karwi station

  • Neelam Dhir says:

    Dear Mr Vishal

    First of all, thanks for the huge effort you are putting to make it easy for people like me. In April, I followed your posts and visited Dwarika and Somnath. It was a wonderful experience and information you post play a vital role. Now, when I have planned to visit varanasi, allahabad and chitrakoot, I looke for your post and again, you have described so nicely. Thanks a lot. I have 2 questions. First, I would be in Varanasi from morning to evening 4.00 p.m. Visiting kashi vishwanath and important temples is our priority. But I want to go to sarnath also. Is it possible? What temples I must visit. Second, again in chitrakoot, I will be from morning to evening 4:00. What are places I should prefer to visit. How much time will parikarma take. Thanks again.

    Neelam

  • chitrkoot is so nice place becouse here is every nice gahoho bavan is nice for me

  • anshu mishra says:

    chitrkoot is very good place and iam here very long time here the university and here iam like this place and here becouse there is many monkey any way like this .and iam stay like 3 year and stay in gahoi bhawan like dharmsala here god of kamatanath aruonds 5 k.m that

    • Akshay Kumar.p says:

      Hi Mr.mishra, I’m from bangalore, we’ll be visiting chitrakoot in June, I just wanna know the frequency of bus service between chitrakoot and Manikpur and also the travel duration please. Thanks in advance, waiting for ur reply, its very important to us.

  • Satvik Garg says:

    Special thanks to U Sir ! as u r providing such a useful information about the holy places.. Recently (During MAGH mela) I have visited Prayag raj ji, Maa vindhyavasini & chitracoot dham.

  • Satvik Garg says:

    In CHITRCOOT Ji , at Ram Ghat there is a mandir of BALA ji . Usually pilgrims are not aware about this madir. This z the only mandir in India made by mugal emperor Aurangzeb due to the influence of BALA ji bhagwan.This is a siddh mandir.

  • Urmila Deodhar says:

    I was expecting the photos of chitrakoot mountain also known as ramgadd or ramgiri in kalidasa’s meghadoot .
    The photos of mountain which has imprint of ramas foot prints and also the photos of the cave in the mountain where janak tanaya seeta took bath
    If you can send me by mail
    Thanking you
    Mrs Deodhar

  • Akshay Kumar.p says:

    Hi Mr.mishra, I’m from bangalore, we’ll be visiting chitrakoot in June, I just wanna know the frequency of bus service between chitrakoot and Manikpur and also the travel duration please. Thanks in advance, waiting for ur reply, its very important to us.

  • Savita Dutta says:

    Vishal

    I had been to Chitrakoot Dham 3 times by now. If you had gone to a museum Ram Darshan Sansthan I am sure you would have been surprised to see that museum. The sitting King Ram with Sitaji is just marvelous. I have never seen that Murti anywhere. It looks as if Ramji is going to talk to you. Sit there and feel the presence of Siya Ram ji. Very well decorated, peaceful, wonderful, I don’t have the words to express. In this place you can also see the Nakshatra Trees also. Make a plan to visit Allahabad, Chitrakoot, Ayodhyaji . From Lucknow they share almost the same distance. May God bless you and make you go there umpteens of times. Kamadgiri ji Aapki sab manokamnayein poori karein. Jai Siya Ram ji Jai Jai Hanuman Dhara ji. A wonderful pilgrim site for every one to pay a visit atleast once in a whole life time.

    S.D

  • Rajeev Malik says:

    Ilove all this

  • RAMESH KUMAR BAJORIA says:

    Please make complete and detailed mention about the BALA JI Temple along with the copy of poem written by Aurangzeb in favor of God being one.Details may be available on contacting the priest.Please the copy of rukka written by Aurangzeb in favor of the Temple.The story behind doing so by the Aurangjeb may be known verbally from the Pujari of the Temple

  • Sandeep kaushim says:

    Hi ,
    I m Sandeep .I m from haryana .. On this 23 step.. Me n my family going there .. I m so exicted .. i can feel its will be my great n great tour .

  • Manoj Sharma says:

    Hi Vishal, You are truly a blessed soul giving such meaningful info. I am very much like you in terms of qualification, spiritual calling and could connect so well. The reason I searched chitrakoot was the query from my daughter while watching ‘siya ke ram’. God bless and you keep guiding thirsty souls like me. Hare Krishna..Hare Ram..
    How about Belur Math?

  • aashish says:

    nice

  • pankaj sharma says:

    nice information

  • RAO SK says:

    Mr. Vishal- Good information – you did not mention “IF WE WANT TO DO PARIKRAMA HOW MANY KMS WE HAVE TO WALK

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