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About Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot in Baghelkhand region of Satna district in Madhya Pradesh is famous as a cultural, archaeological, religious and historical place. It shares its boundaries with Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh. The modern day Chitrakoot district is formed from historical Chiktrakoot region. this place is very famous for its temples and historic sites. Chitrakoot is also very famous for its festivals like Amavasya, Sharad-Poornima, Deepawali, Somwati Amavasyas, Makar Sankranti and Ramanavami. A lot of people gather here on these occasions. It is also famous for its Ayurveda and Yoga centers. The yearly Free Eye Hospital Camps organized in Chitrakoot is also very famous.

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A huge icon of Hanuman in Chitrakoot

Brief History of Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot has a special significance in the history of India. It finds special mention in Ramayana, the first ever Mahakavya by Valmiki . It is claimed to be the same holy place where Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman had spent eleven and half years of their fourteen years of exile.Various sages, devotees etc along with hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, took their incarnations here. The town is supposed to be visited by all the gods and goddess when Rama performed the Shraddha ceremony of his father. Many hindi and Sanskrit poets have beautifully mentioned about Chitrakoot in their poems. Mahakavi Kalidas has beautifully mentioned about Chitrakoot in his epic 'Raghuvansha'. He also mentioned Chtrakoot as Ramgiri because of its association with Lord Rama.

Geography and Climate of Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot is also known as 'Hill of many wonders'. It lies in the northern Vindhya range of mountains. Chitrakoot Parvat Mala consisits of Hanumaan Dhara, Lakshman pahari, Kamad Giri, Janki Kund, and Devangana.The temperature of Chitrakoot is extremem type of climate, having extreme cold in winters and extreme hot in summers. Commensing form around 15th sept. winters in Chitrakoot are at extreme in January with temperature dropping down to 5°c to 0°C. Summers here starts in aroung March with temperature reaching as high as 49°C. in May. The monsoons hit the area around June, with an average rainfall of around 100mm.

Economy of Chitrakoot

Economy of ChitrakootChitrakoot is a backward area, receiving funds from the government. The main occupation of the people is agriculture. Being a holy place, it is visited by a number of tourists every year. And hence tourism industry also employs a large sector of people.Chitrakoot is a place for shopaholics as one can find many religious paintings, murals and handicraft items at affordable prices. One can als shop for rituals items or small wooden toys, which can be collected as the memory of Chitrakoot.

Population of Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot had a total population of 22,294, according to 2001 India census,. The percentage of Males is 57% and females constitutes 43%. The average literacy rate here is 50%, where male literacy is 63% and female literacy is of 34%. Deepawali, Somwati Amavasyas, Makar Sankranti, Sharad-Poornima and Ramanavami are some of the main festivals celebrated here. A large crowd gather here on each Amavasya.

Places of Interest in Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot is majorly a holy place. There are many spitritual places to visit in its vicinity. Also located on Vindhya range, there are few scenic points also. Ramghat, Kadamgiri, Bharat Milap are some of the must visit destinations in Chitrakoot.

The coasts of Mandakini River are called Ramghat. It is famous for the fact that Rama, Lakshmana and Sita took bath here during their exile. The place is enchanted by hymns and prayers and the sweet fragrance of incense.

Kamadgiri, which meand fulfilling all your dreams is the most religious significance place of Chitrakoot. It is a forested hill, having a chain of temples along its base.

Bharat Milap
Bharat Milap temple is built on a spot where Bharata came to meet Rama to persuade him to return to Ayodhya. Foot prints of Lord Rama and Bharat were imprinted rocks and are still can be seen in Bharat
Milap Mandir.

Janaki Kund
Janaki Kund is a place where Sita bathed in the crystal clear waters of Mandakini river.

Sati Anasuya Ashrama
Sati Anasuya ashrama was inhabited by Atri muni, his wife Anasuya and their three sons , known to be the three incarnations of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Sphatic Shila
The boulder here bears the Rama's footprint and Sita. This is a place where Lord Rama and Lakshman waited for Hanuman return from Lanka after setting it a fire.

Gupt-Godavari is a pair of caves, one high and wide and the other long and narrow.

These are the Sacred caves related to Lord Rama.

Hanuman Dhara
Hanuman Dhara lies a several hundred feet up a steep hillside is a spring created by Rama to assuage Hanuman when hanuman returned after putting Lanka on fire.

Ram Shaiya
Shri Ram, Sitaji and Laxmanji used to sleep and rest here in the.

Transportation in Chitrakoot

Cycle Rickshaw serves as the main local transport during fairs and festivals. taxis also serves as a good local transport option for travelling inside and out of the town.The nearest airport is at Khajuraho which is at a distance of 175 km, the airport is well connected with Delhi & Agra. The nearest railway station is Chitrakootdham (Karwi) at a distance of 11 km which lies on the Jhansi-Manikpur main line.There are regular bus services connecting Chitrakoot with Mahoba, Jhansi, Harpalpur, Chitrakoot Dham, Satna and Chhatarpur.

Chitrakoot at a glance

Country : India
State : Madhya Pradesh
District : Satna
Region : Baghelkhand
Languages : Hindi
PIN : 485334
Telephone code : 05198
Location: 25.00°N 80.83°E
Climate : Extreme type of climate

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