Chitrakoot is well known for its historical as well as religious importance. This town is located between Allahabad and Khajuraho. This town is popular for its spiritual legacy and also for its Sati Anusuya Ashram. This is situated in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. There is also nagar panchayat in this town. This is a town that stands as a place of religious, historical, archaeological as well as cultural importance and located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh in India. There are a number of temples that are important for the Hindu religion and hence there are thousands of people who visit this place. Chitrakoot means 'a place that is located on hills of many wonders'.
According to the hindu mythology it is said that Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita had stayed in the forest of Chitrakoot for about 11 years out of their 14 years of exile. This is the place where the principal trinity of Hindu religion Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Mahesh meditated here and took their incarnation. Great sage, Dattratreya and sati Anusuya used to meditate here. Lord Rama conducted the ceremony of his father to partake the feast that is offered to the entire relatives, friends and to the family members; this is called as shuddhi. This was performed on the 13th day of his father's death and on this occasion all the gods and goddess had come to Chitrakoot. This place was first known in the Valmiki Ramayana. It is believed that Valmiki Ramayana was in the period of Rama and is composed even before the birth of Lord Rama. Valmiki says that Chitrakoot is considered as one of the holy places that is inhabited by sages, surrounded by monkeys, bears and there are also various flora & fauna found. Lord Rama was pleased by the peaceful environment of Chitrakoot and decided to make this place as the place of his exile. The great poet Tulsidas also had mentioned some great facts of this place in his poems. He too had spent some time here worshipping lord Rama. Lord Rama left Chitrakoot when Bharata came to request him to return to Ayodhya and take over the rule of Ayodhya. This was known as Bharata Milap, but Rama refused to do so and then Bharata returned. There were two reasons why Rama had to leave Chitrakoot they were as follows inasmuch as hosts of rakshasas, this was out of hatred and hence he hermit that place. Second reason to leave this place was that people used to come from Ayodhya and remind him of his brother Bharata's grief.
Tourist Attractions in Chitrakoot:
There is a Ghat that is located on the bank of the river Mandakini and is called as Ramghat. They are amidst the mantras and there is sweet fragrance of incense. There is an evening aarti that witnesses a deep and strong faith in the sanctity of this town. Legends say that lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman had taken a holy bath in this river and went in front of Tulsidas.
This is one of the most significant places in Chitrakoot. It is a hill in a forest and chain of temples are skirting the hill on one side. Another name of lord Rama is Kamadnathji that means a person who fulfills all wishes.
There is a temple located here where Bharata and lord Rama met and this temple is known as Bharata milap temple. It is said that the moments of meeting of four brothers was very touching and emotional and even the stones of the mountains of that place melted. Because of the melting there are footprints of lord Rama along with his brothers that are still there.
Sati Anusuya Ashram
This is located at a distance of 16 kilometers away from the main city. Here Arti muni stayed and meditated along with his wife and 3 sons. It is believed that there was no rain for ten years in Chitrakoot. There was nothing to drink or eat, and then at that time Sati Anusuya conducted intensive and hard austerities due to this she got the river Mandakini down on the earth.
Nearest airport is the Khajuraho airport that is at a distance of about 195 kilometers from Chitrakoot. There are regular fights to all the major cities of India.
Nearest rail way station is the Chitrakoot Dham Karvi that is at a distance of about 10 kilometers away from main Chitrakoot city. There are regular trains that are operated from here to all the major cities of India.
There are state transport and luxury bus services from here to all the major cities of India.
Chitrakoot is considered as very ancient and historical place of worship for Hindus. There are thousands of people who visit this place during auspicious occasions, festivals and on Amavasya.