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Pilgrimages of Madhya Pradesh - Satna district

  1. Chitrakoota (Where Sri Rama stayed during forest exile)
  2. Dandakaranya (Where Sri Rama stayed during forest exile)
  3. Ramagiri Shakti Peetha (Shakti Peetha)
  4. Valmiki Ashrama (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  5. Atri Ashrama (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  6. Sharabhanga Ashrama (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  7. Suteekshna Ashrama (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)


Chitrakoota:

Sri Rama & Chitrakoota Mountain:

Sri Kamtanath, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh Sphatik Shila, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh Ramghat, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh Janki Kund, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh Bharat Milap, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh Puranic Event:
1. Sri Rama hears about the Chitrakoota mountain from sage Bharadwaja. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.54 - 2.55)
2. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Valmiki at Chitrakoota mountain (Valmiki Ramayana 2.56)
3. Sri Rama builds a Parna Shala (Leaf Hut) at Chitrakoota mountain during forest exile and lives there. The river Malyavati was flowing there. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.56)
4. Sri Rama describes the beauty of the Chitrakoota mountain to Devi Sita. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.94)
5. Sri Rama describes the beauty of river Mandakini to Devi Sita. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.95)
6. Sri Rama gives His paduka to Bharata at Chitrakoota. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.112)
7. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Atri while leaving Chitrakoota (Valmiki Ramayana 2.117)


Pilgrimage:
Chitrakoota is spread across Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) and Madhya Pradesh (Satna district).
1. Kamadgiri Hill: Kamadgiri Hill in Chitrakoot is the place where Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Devi Sita is believed to have stayed during forest exile. It has the famous temple of Lord Kamtanath.
2. Sphatik Shila: Sphatik Shila are two huge reddish rocks in Chitrakoot hills which is believed to be the place from where Sri Rama and Devi Sita used to enjoy the beauty of Chitrakoot.
3. Lakshman Pahari: Lakshman Pahari is the place where Lakshmana is said to have stood guard to protect Rama and Sita.
4. Sita Rasoi: Sita Rasoi is the place where Devi Sita is believed to have cooked food.
5. Ram Ghat: Ram Ghat is the main bathing ghat of Chitrakoot on the bank of river Mandakini where Sri Rama is believed to have bathed.
6. Janki Kund: Janki Kund on the bank of river Payaswini is believed to be the bathing place of Devi Sita.
7. Raghav Prayag Ghat: Raghav Prayag Ghat near Ram Ghat on the bank of river Payaswini is believed to be the place where Sri Rama performed Pitri Tarpana during forest exile. It is also said to be the invisible confluence of rivers Mandakini, Payaswini and Gayatri or Savitri.
8. Bharat Milap temple: Bharat Milap temple is said to be the place where Bharata met Sri Rama and persuaded him to return to Ayodhya. Bharat Koop is a well where Bharata is believed to have poured waters of all the Tirthas which he has brought for Rama's coronation. It is around 20 km from Chitrakoot near Bharatpur village.
9. Hanuman Dhara: Hanuman Dhara is a cascade of waters falling from a natural spring over a natural rock image of Hanuman inside a cave.
10. Gupta Godavari: Gupta Godavari is a cave from where river Godavari emerges as a stream and then flowing down inside another cave disappears in the mountain.




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Dandakaranya forest:

Sri Rama & Dandakaranya Forest:

Sri Rama Puranic Event:
Sri Rama enters the Dandakaranya forest and sees hermitages of sages who were engaged in penance. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.1). The subsequent events at various places till Sri Rama settles at Panchavati are:

1. Sri Rama encounters demon Viradha in, kills him, thereby releases him from a curse of Kubera. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.2 - 3.5)

2. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.5)

3. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.7 - 3.8)

4. Sri Rama visits the Pancha Apsara lake and hears the story of sage Mandakarni. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)

5. Sri Rama stays in various hermitages and ten years gradually elapses. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)

6. Sri Rama revisits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)

7. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Agastya. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.12)

8. Sri Rama builds a Parna Shala (Leaf-Hut) at Panchavati and stays there. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.15)





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Devi Shivani at Ramagiri Shakti Peetha:

Chitrakoot Dham, Uttar Pradesh Devi Sharada temple, Maihar, Satna, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Stana (Breast) fell at Ramagiri where She is known as Shivani and the Bhairava is called Canda.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Ramagiri Shakti Peetha is identified with Ramagiri at Chitrakoot in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this temple, the Sharada temple in Maihar, Satna district of Madhya Pradesh is also attributed to this Shakti Peetha. The temple is on top of the Trikuta hill. Satna district is the Madhya Pradesh side of the ancient Chitrakoot.

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Valmiki Ashrama:

Sri Rama & Valmiki Ashrama:

Sri Rama Rishi Valmiki Valmiki Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh - Madhya Pradesh border Puranic Event: Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Valmiki during forest exile, at Chitrakoota mountain. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.56)

Pilgrimage:
Valmiki Ashrama is located in Chitrakoot spread across Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) and Madhya Pradesh (Satna district) border. It is on Allahabad Road on a hill in Lalapur village. The place is around 24 km from Ram Ghat and situated on the bank of river Valmiki. It is said that Devi Sita gave birth to Luv and Kush here.



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Atri Ashrama:

Sri Rama & Atri Ashrama:

Sri Rama Rishi Atri Atri - Anusuiya Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh - Madhya Pradesh border Puranic Event:
1. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Atri and Sati Anusuiya during forest exile, while leaving the Chitrakoota mountain. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.117)

2. Sri Rama sees Devi Sita adorned with divine clothes given by sati Anusuiya and becomes delighted. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.119)


Pilgrimage:
Atri and Anusuiya Ashrama is located in Chitrakoot spread across Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) and Madhya Pradesh (Satna district) border. It is around 12 km from Ram Ghat and situated in a forested area. It is believed that in this place Sati Anusuiya turned Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva into children. It is also said that river Mandakini originated from Chitrakoot due to the penance of Sati Anusuiya.



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Sharabhanga Ashrama - From Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Sharabhanga Ashrama:

Sri Rama Rishi Sharbhang Sarbhanga Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Satna district, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
1. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga during forest exile. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.5)
2. Sri Rama sees Indra deva come there to take the sage to the abode of Brahma as a fruit of his penance. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.5)
3. Sage Sharabhanga directs Sri Rama to the hermitage of sage Suteekshna following the trail of river Mandakini. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.5)
4. Thereafter sage Sharabhanga gives up his body in sacred fire and ascends to higher loka. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.5)


Pilgrimage:
Sharabhanga Ashrama is situated around 20 km away from Sati Anusuiya Ashrama on the Madhya Pradesh side of Chitrakoot (Satna district). There is a Ganga Kund and Shiva temple in the ashrama.



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Suteekshna Ashrama - From Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Suteekshna Ashrama:

Sri Rama Suteekshna Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Satna district, Madhya Pradesh Puranic Event:
1. Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna during forest exile. Sri Rama spends a night in that hermitage. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.7 - 3.8)
2. Sri Rama revisits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna after spending ten years in various hermitages and before proceeding to the hermitage of sage Agastya. (Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)


Pilgrimage:
Suteekshna Ashrama is situated around 4 km away from Sharabhanga ashrama, which is around 20 km from Birsinghpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. This is on the Madhya Pradesh side of Chitrakoot (Satna district).



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