Gupt Godavari is located near Chitrakoot | Road map to Gupt Godavari from Chitrakoot, UP

Gupt Godavari is located near Chitrakoot | Road map to Gupt Godavari from Chitrakoot, UP
Gupt Godavari
Chitrakoot is a place which is strangely situated in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.  Half of its area lies in Madhya Pradesh and half of it in Uttar Pradesh.  Chitrakut is though a small village but is full of mountain and forests.  Tourists are also many.  There is Valmiki Ashram at a distance of 25 kilometers from Chitrakoot.  Lord Sriram, Lakshman and Sita visited the Ashram of Valmiki during their vanavaasam and stayed at Chitrakoot.  Sati Anasuya mountain is situated at a distance of 3 kms.  This is the tapobhumi of Sage Atri.  Mandakini river starts its journey from this mountain.  Sita Ram and Lakshman visited Sage Atri and Anasuya here.  Much number of Gods and Rivers came to Chitrakoot to have a darshan of Lord Rama.  River Godavari also went there to visit him.  There are two big caves here from which springs of water come out and formed 7 ponds.  Water flow stops in the seventh pond and becomes invisible – ‘Gupt’.  Thus this is called ‘Gupt Godavari’.

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Mostly North Indians participate in Narmada Parikrama | There are many temples and ashrams to visit during Parikrama

Mostly North Indians participate in Narmada Parikrama | There are many temples and ashrams to visit during Parikrama

According to the Skanda Puranam, if we take bath in Yamuna river seven times, in Saraswathi river three times and in Ganga river one time our sins will be purified.  But we get purified just by watching Narmada river.

South Indians does not know much about the Narmada Parikrama.  Mostly North Indians participate in this Parikrama. Narmada Parikrama starts at Ujjain.  Tourists can visit Ujjain Mahakaleswar, Omkareswar and other temples around.

A priest in the Yamakeswar temple ties a Deeksha Kankan to the hands of the devotees.  Thus the Narmada Parikrama starts.

Markandeya undertook this Parikrama for the first time.  Earlier sages, saints and sanyasis used to undertake this Parikrama. During the Parikrama, one should not wear chappal.  Should not carry money.  Only a pair of clothes should be carried.  The occasional villages enroute provide food for the devotees.

Narmada river originated at Kantak in Madhya Pradesh, it travels for 1312kms and discharges in to the Arabian Sea.  This flows from east to west.  The total distance covered during parikrama is 2,600kms.

The journey can be continued watching the beauty of Vindhya mountain ranges. There is an ashram at a village called ‘Prakash’ and the first halt in the journey can be made here.  After entering in to Gujarat, devotees can stay at ‘Ramduni Ashram’ at Jagadi village.  The firs bath in River Narmada can be taken here.  The day before devotees visit the place where Narmada River meets Arabian Sea, they are advised to sleep in a room which has no windows or doors.

The place where Narmada meets Arabian Sea is called ‘Bay of Cambay’.  There is a bridge on the Narmada River.  The river can also be crossed on a boat.  After travelling for 6 hours on the boat, one can reach Katpuri in Baroch district.  From there the devotees can reach Mittitalai village.  There is a Jain ashram in this village. There is also a temple for Narmada Devi and Lord Shiva. Pavgadi, the next village in the Parikrama route has a Mahankali temple.  Rope-way facility is provided to climb the mountain.  From there 300 steps are to be climbed to reach the temple.  Next, the Parikrama enters Madhya Pradesh.  Devotees can see the Sarovar Dam, a fort built by Akbar in Neelakanta and a temple of Lord Shiva.  Shivaji’s mother used to worship Shiva in this temple.  In Maheshwaram, Ahalyabai Fort is a worth seeing place.  Maheshwaram is famous for saris.

Waterfalls at Jabalpur looks like  small Niagara falls.  Jabalpur is full of marble hills.  Many  decorative articles made in marble are available here.  Devotees can visit the kundam where birth of river Narmada took place.  This place is at Amar Kantak.  There are a temple dedicated to Narmada Devi, Shiva and other small temples here.  Mrithyunjaya Ashram here provides accommodation for the devotees.  There are a big statue of Narmada Devi and Jhansibai.

There are many ancient temples at Amar Kantak.  There is also a temple built by Shankaracharya in 8th century.  There is also a Shiva temple, on the last Monday of Kartika masam River Narmada touches the Lingam of Shiva for an hour in this temple.  Many devotees throng this place to watch this phenomenon.

Narmada Parkrama starts at Madhya Pradesh, enters Maharashtra and Gujarath and reaches Omkareswar in Madhya Pradesh again.  After taking bath a priest removes the Kankan tied to the hands of devotees.  Narmada Parikrama is completed by worshipping Lord Yamakeswar.

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Historical buildings in Orchha | Driving Directions and Route Map of Jhansi to Orchha

Historical buildings in Orchha | Driving Directions and Route Map of Jhansi to Orchha

Historical buildings in Orchha

There are many historical buildings in Orchha.  Most popular of them is Sheesh Mahal Palace.  This is now converted in to a star hotel.  This is a 3 storey building.  Raja Birsingh Judev built Jahangir Mahal in 17th century.  This is also a  storey building.  An elephant stable and a cannon  hill can be seen from here.  Jahangir stayed in this palace only for a day.  Rai Praveen Mahal, Raja Mahal are the other important palaces.  Betwa river flows near Orchha. Rafting in the river is an unforgettable experience.

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Jai vilas Palace at Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Jai Vilas Palace

Jai vilas Palace at Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Jai Vilas Palace

Jai vilas Palace at Lashkar

Another interesting place in Gwalior is the Jai vilas palace. There are 300 rooms in three storeys.  35 rooms of them are   converted to Jaijirao Scindia Museum.  Various articles are exhibited in each room.  Furniture of kings, clothes, weapons, horse carts, vintage cars and many more can be seen here.  Main attraction of this palace is the Darbar Hall. Persian Carpets, Silk Curtains and golden roof are breathtaking.  The chandeliers present here weight 3.5 tons each. 250 candles can be lighted in each chandelier. Another wonder in this palace is the silver toy train.  Silver tracks are laid on the long dining table.  This small train runs on these tracks with electricity.  The compartments of these trains contain wine bottles and Belgium crystal bowls.  When the guests open a cap of wine bottle the train automatically stops.  When it is closed the train moves again.

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Gujari Mahal at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gujari Mahal

Gujari Mahal at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gujari Mahal

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Another place that should be visited is Gujari mahal.  This palace was built by Raja Mansingh Tomer for his lover and 9th wife, Mrignayani.  Earlier, when Mansingh went on hunting in a forest he saw a young  woman Nanni who belonged to Gujara community.  She was fighting with wild buffaloes then.  Raja was very impressed with her courage and wanted to marry her.  She laid three conditions.  They were that she will not wear a veil like Rajput woman, that she will accompany the king everywhere including in wars and since the reason for her courage is because of the water she was drinking in her village and so that water should be made available to her.  The king agreed to her conditions and married her.  He already had 8 wives.  They opposed to Nanni who belonged to a lower community staying in the palace.  So the king built Gujari Mahal for her.  The water from her village was supplied to her palace through pipes. Those pipes can be seen even now. Raja loved Nanni very much. Since her eyes look like eyes of a deer, the kin named her Mrignayani. All the other queens of Raja Mansingh followed him in his death (sahagamanam).  But Mrignayani became ascetic.  Presently this palace is under archeology department.  There is museum here.  Many stone statues can be seen in this museum.  One of the statue ‘Salabhanjika’ is a very beautiful statue.  The smile of the lady can be seen clearly.  So this is called the ‘Monalisa of India’ by the tourists.

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Most interesting places in and around of Jabalpur | Road map and driving directions from Bhopal to Jabalpur, MP

Most interesting places in and around of Jabalpur | Road map and driving directions from Bhopal to Jabalpur, MP

Jabalpur
Jabalpur is a town which is in the middle of India and has a historical prominence.  Many memorials can be found in and around this town.  The name of this town is also mentioned in Mahabharata and acquired prominence during the ruling of Mourya, Gupta and Kalchuri dynasties.  Jabalpur is famous as a capital city of Kalchuri dynasty rulers like Yuvaraju devudu, Karna devudu, Ganga devudu etc who ruled for over 4 centuries.  As per history it can be understood that in 18th century Marathas changed their capital from Sagar to Jabalpur.  Britishers occupied Jabalpur in the year 1817.
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Jabalpur is a small town and half day is sufficient to see the important places.  Auto rickshaw are available for sight seeing.  Jabalpur is situated at a height of 393 meters from the sea level so temperatures are not high even in summer season.  As Jhansi became famous because of queen Lakshmibai, Jabalpur became famous a historic place because of the valour of Queen Durgavati.  Queen Durgavati is famous not only as a queen of Gond but also as the women who fought with emperor Akbar.  And she died in this war.  Idol of Queen Durgavati on an elephant is installed in the Bhamparlal garden of Jabalpur.  Clothes and weapons of queen Durgavati are displayed in the Rani Durgavati Museum.  Many inscriptions can also be found in the museum.
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Most interesting places in and around of Jabalpur:

Madan Mahal Fort

Bhedaghat

Madiya

Tilwarghar picnic spot

Pachmarhi

Apsara Vihar

Handi valley

 

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