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Chitrakoot Dham, Chitrkoot district, Uttar Pradesh Sri Kamtanath, Chitrakoot, Chitrkoot district, Uttar Pradesh Sphatik Shila, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Ramghat, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Lakshman Pahari, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Sita Rasoi, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Janki Kund, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Bharat Milap, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Valmiki Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Atri-Anusuiya Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Hanuman Dhara, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Gupta Godavari, Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar PradeshMeditation: I meditate on Sri Rama staying in the ancient Chitrakoot mountain forest; the sacred mountain where the sages meditated for hundred years and ascended to the abode of Shiva.
(Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda 56, 94 - 119)

Chitrakoot: Chitrakoot is the holy place mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda 56, 94 - 119 where Sri Rama stayed during his forest exile in a parna shala (leaf hut). Chitrakoot is also a Shakti Peetha.

Ramagiri Shakti Peetha: Chitrakoot is a Shakti Peetha identified with the Ramagiri Shakti Peetha mentioned in the Peetha Nirnaya Tantra.

Places associated with Sri Rama: Chitrakoota is spread across Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) and Madhya Pradesh (Satna district). The places described below are mainly on the Uttar Pradesh side of Chitrakoot.

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.

• Chitrakoot is located in the Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot is spread across Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) and Madhya Pradesh (Satna district).


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