Ram Ghat

One of the bustling ghats of Chitrakoot, Ram Ghat is located on the banks of River Mandakini, and is mostly thronged with devotees. In the morning, devotees come to perform the surya namaskar (praying to the Sun god), and take a dip in the river. However, the major attraction is an evening aarti that takes place every day  priests dressed in traditional saffron cloth pray to the lord and chant shlokas.

 

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Ram Ghat

Janaki Kund

Janaki Kund is a cave situated along the left bank of the Mandakini river. It is believed that Goddess Sita used to bathe here during her period of exile. There are footprints by the riverside that are said to be hers; such is their devotion to and love for her, pilgrims and locals alike worship even her footprints.

This beautiful and religiously important ghat is situated about 3 km from Chitrakoot. A quiet and peaceful place that stands opposite Raghubir Mandir, Janaki Kund is an important site of worship for devotees of Lord Rama; the devotees bathe in its waters to cleanse their sins and rejuvenate their spirit.

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Janaki Kund

Sati Anusuya Ashram

Located near the origin of River Mandakini, this ashram is nestled in the hills of Chitrakoot, surrounded by lush greenery, with ample open spaces, and is thus ideal for meditation and reflection. It is believed to be the place where sage Atri meditated with his wife, Anusuya. Its location ensures that peace and quiet abounds in its hallowed pathways and courtyard, so devotees can pray, or even enjoy the serene atmosphere without being disturbed.

 

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Sati Anusuya Ashram

Bharat Milap Temple

The temple is known as the spot where Bharat met Lord Rama during his exile and persuaded him to return to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. Legends says that the meeting of the two brothers was so overwhelming that it melted the rocks and mountains of Chitrakoot. The place known as the hill of many wonders is said to have footprints of Lord Rama and his brothers imprinted on its rocks, which are even today visited and worshipped by thousands of devotees annually.

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Bharat Milap Temple

Gupt Godavari

Situated on the outskirts of Chitrakoot, to the south of Ram Ghat, the cavern temple of Gupt Godavari comprises two mountain caves with knee-high level of water. It is said that the water is connected to River Godavari underground. Walking barefoot through the caves with the cold water lapping at your knees is a delightful experience. The larger cave has two stone-carved thrones believed to be of Lord Rama and Lord Lakshmana. Legend has it that Lord Rama and Lord Lakshman stayed here for some time during their exile. At that time, many gods came to Chitrakoot to meet Lord Rama. Godavari, the river goddess, is also believed to have visited him by secretly appearing in the caves.

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Gupt Godavari