Amarkantak is a pilgrim town in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is derived from Sanskrit words Amar and Kantak. Amar means immortal and Kantak means Hindrances. It is the meeting point of Satpura and Vindhya ranges. People believe that this is the gateway to the heaven. This place consists of plenty of mango trees so it is known as Amrakoot by Poet Kalidas. As per the Hindu mythology, people states that when Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura by fire, one of the ashes fall on Amarkantak which turned into thousands of Lingams. Narmada Jayanti is most famous festival celebrates here.
What to see in Amarkantak:
Flora and Fauna: Due to equitable distribution of temperature large number of trees grown in this place. Between 1970 to 1976, Saxena, a forest Botanist identified 635 species. Few species are Anogeissus Latifolia, Gardenia Latifolia, Grewia spp, Bauhinia Spp, Terminalia Chebula etc. In this place wide variety of grasses can also be seen.
Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple: World’s biggest Ashtadhatu Jain Idol can be seen here. This temple is under construction.
Ancient temples of Kalachuri Period: Between 1042 to 1072 AD plenty of temples built by Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva. These temples are famous for its architectural styles.
Narmadakund and Temples: This is the origin place of river Narmada. There are 16 major stone temple surrounded to this temple.
Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple: people believe that during Navrathri Goddess Sonakshi comes to this place to bless the people.
Trimukhi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located on the top of a hill in Amarkantak. Among 24 temples in Amarkantak this is the oldest temple.
What to see around Amarkantak:
Dudh Dhara: This place is most famous for waterfalls. It is located 8kms away from Amarkantak. Horticulture garden is worth seeing near these waterfalls.
Kabir Chabutara: For the followers of Saint Kabir this is most important place. It is believed that here Kabir had done meditation for several years.
Mai Ki Bagiya: In the honour of Goddess Narmada this garden was built. It consists of rose plants, Gulbakawali, Mango, banana trees etc… Other name for this garden is Mother’s Garden. It is located 3kms away from Amarkantak.
Kapil Dhara: This place is famous for waterfalls. These waterfalls are surrounded by mountains and dense forests. This place is named after the sage Kapil Muni. It is located 8kms away from the town.
Jwaleshwar Mahadev: It is located 2kms from Amarkantak. This is the origin place of river Johilla. Lord Shiva temple near this place is most famous.
Sonemuda: This place is surrounded by Valleys and thick forests. Trekking activity conducts here. It is located 3kms away from the town.
Getting to Amarkantak: Amarkantak is well connected with Anuppur, Bilaspur, Rewa, Jabalpur, Umaria, and Shahdol through roadways. Nearest rail line is located at Pendra Road which 42kms away from Amarkantak. Raipur airport and Jabalpur airports are the nearest airports of Amarkantak.
Getting around Amarkantak: Walking is the best option to see the place in Amarkantak. Autos are the only means to visit the surrounding places of Amarkantak.
Best time to visit Amarkantak: Between October to March visitors feel so comfortable to visit this place.
Where to stay in Amarkantak: Very limited accommodation facilities are available. Local municipality is providing certain cottages to the visitors. Kalyan, Barfani ashrams and Madhya Pradesh state Tourism also providing some rooms to the visitors of this place. Luxury accommodation cannot be seen here.
Where to eat in Amarkantak: Only limited options are available to eat in Amarkantak. Dharmasalas and few Ashrams are providing food at best quality.