Amarkantak (Source of River Narmada and Narmada Shakti Peetha)
Amarkantak at the source of rivers Narmada and Son in Maikal mountains in Vindhya-Satpura range:
- The source of rivers Narmada and Son as well as a Shakti Peetha in Maikal mountains in Vindhya-Satpura range: Amarkantak is the source of rivers Narmada and Son situated in the Maikal mountains which links the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges. The Narmada Shakti Peetha is located in Amarkantak.
- Narmada Mandir and Kund: At the source of river Narmada lies the holy Narmada kund. Around this kund are several temples like Narmada Mandir, Shiva temple, Annapoorna temple, Durga temple, Rama temple, Radha Krishna temple, Suryanarayan temple etc.
- Sonemuda: Sonemuda is the place of origin of the Son river. It is around 1.5 km from the Narmada kund.
- Mai ki Bagiya: The Mai ki Bagiya or the garden of the mother lies around 1 km from Narmada kund, within a densely forested area. It is believed that Devi Narmada used to pluck flowers in this garden.
- Kapildhara: At a distance of around 8 km from the origin of river Narmada, the river falls at a height of 100 feet creating a waterfall known as Kapildhara. It is believed that Rishi Kapila used to meditate here.
- Jwaleshwar Mahadev Temple: Around 8 km from Amarkantak is the origin of river Johila (or Johilla). There is a Shiva temple deep within the forest known as Jwaleshwar Mahadev Temple.
- Kabir Chabutra: At the meeting point of three districts - Anuppur of Madhya Pradesh, Dindori of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur of Chhattisgarh is a place known as Kabir Chabutra (Platform). It is believed that Sant Kabir used to meditate here. There is a waterfall nearb known as Kabir waterfall.
- Bhrigukamandal: Around 3 km from Amarkantak is a place within a forest known as Bhrigukamandal. It is believed that Rishi Bhrigu used to meditate here.
- Dudhdhara: Around 1 km from Amarkantak is a waterfall on river Narmada known as Dudhdhara.
- Shambudhara and Durgadhara: Deep within the forest near Amarkantak are two waterfalls known as Shambhudhara and Durgadhara.
- Markandeya Ashram:
- Amarkantak is located in the Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh.
Puranic Event: Devi'sNitamba (Buttocks) fell at Narmada where She is known as Sona and the Bhairava is called Bhadrasena.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)
Pilgrimage: The Narmada Shakti Peetha is identified with the Sonemuda (the origin of river Sone) at Amarkantaka in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh. The origin of river Narmada is also at Amarkantaka which is also considered as the Shakti Peetha. This place provides an excellent view of sunrise and also the Satpura mountain ranges.
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