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Amarkantak is a hill station and holy place at Madhya Pradesh state in Central India. It is a sacred place for Hindu religion followers. Its reference comes in Hindu epics and Puran books. Its puranic name was Riksha parvat. Lifeline of Central India i.e. Narmada river origin is in Amarkantak. Sone river and Van-ganga river origin is also here. Narmada river is considered much older than Ganges and it is a sacred river due to which Amarkantak is a important pilgrim destination in Central India. Devotees and tourists from all over India visits here. Legend has it that Lord Shiva blessed Narmada with unique purifying powers. Whereas to purify himself, a devotee requires taking one dip in the Holy Ganga, seven days' prayers on the banks of Yamuna and three days prayers on the banks of Saraswati, the mere sight of Narmada is enough. A charming folk tale describes the superiority of Narmada over Ganga. Once every year, after she herself is polluted beyond tolerance, Ganga visits Narmada dressed like a dark woman and takes a cleansing purifying dip in its waters! Narmada, which is more than 150 million years older than the Ganges RiverGanga and is considered by many Hindus to be the most sacred for all the rivers of India, Amarkantak itself is sacred to the Hindus and is deemed to be a door-way to nirwana.

Tourists having interest in nature and pilgrimage visits Amarkantak from all corners of country and abroad. Saints and hindu devotees take special interest in visiting Amarkantak as they take it as a sacred, spiritual and peaceful holy place where visiting itself is a holy task. It is not commercially much developed which ensures it a place good for health and hygiene. While visiting Amarkantak we can see various temples, Kapildhara, Temple of Kalchuri era & Narmada Kund from where river Narmada originates and number of Ashrams. Hindu saints see this place with great respect and visits for meditation and feel the holiness of atmosphere.

Amarkantak valley is popular among Botanist for huge variety of medicinal plants which are rare and have magical medicinal qualities. Many plants that are found here are not available in any where else which makes its biosphere special. Some of them are rare on which research work is going on and is declared as protected area. Forest of Amarkantak is linked with many other wildlife sanctuaries and national parks like Achanakmar in Chattisgarh and Bandhavgarh due to which wild animals sighting is also possible here. In addition to a holy place, forest area of Amarkantak generates the feeling of wilderness of surrounding. In addition to temples, tourists have chance to visit nearby villages to experience the tribal culture and their rituals. Surrounding villages are of Central India Tribes where we can see they life style, housing pattern, know about their livelihood, customs, rituals, social pattern etc.

Places to see
Their are many temples and natural tourist attractions in Amarkantak. Some of the prominent place to see in Amarkantak are given below:
Narmada Udgam : The temples built at the source of the Narmada is considered the holiest spot in the town. Every year on the ocassion of river goddess is covered with brocade and worshipped by fervent devotees.
Narmada Kund : Facing the narmada Udgam is the Mata Narmada Temples, a shakhtipeet, Adjacent to Narmada Udgam is an opne pool called the Narmadakund. South of this kund are temples which were built by the Kalchuri king, Karnadeva (1042 -1072)
Mai ki Bagiya : Around a kilometre from Narmadakund is Mai ki bagiya, a grove of mango and banana trees, where goddess narmada supposedly came to pluck fruits.
Kapil Dhara : Six kilometres northwest of Narmadakund is the spectacular waterfall, Kapildhara. It provides a spectacular sight of a small stream turning into a mighty river, when it plunges 24m down a cliff into a gorge.

How to reach
Amarkantak is a hill station in south-east of Madhya Pradesh state. It can be reached by road from its nearby cities like Jabalpur and Bilaspur. Its nearest airport is in Jabalpur city at a distance of 255 kms. Nearest railway station for reaching Amarkantak is Pendra Road which is linked from many other cities and tourist destinations like: Indore, Jabalpur, Katni, Raipur, Kolkata etc. By Road, Amarkantak is well linked with Jabalpur and Bilaspur. In addition to this its nearby tourist destinations are Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

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