Chitrakoot District of Uttar Pradesh at a Glance

About Chitrakoot District :

Chitrakoot, “the hills of many wonders” is indeed a gift of nature and the gods. Located in the Banda district of modern Uttar Pradesh(U.P), on the banks of river Paisuni(Mandikini), Chitrakoot is a tranquil retreat on the northern spur of the Vindhyas. Just 6 km south of Karvi and 72 km south east of Banda district on the road to Allahabad, Chitrakoot Dham is one of the most ancient holy pilgrim places of India. Legends have it that it was the abode of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman for eleven years of their fourteen years of exile. This is also the place,where they came in contact with sage Atri and sati Anasuya.This abode of the gods is credited to have seen the incarnations of Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh. Chitrakoot ,sacred with the touch of Lord’s feet,was where Goswami Tulsidas, the creator of the epic “Shri Ramcharitmanas” spent many years of his life. Dotted with innumerable temples and shrines, nature’s splendor here is wrapped in peace and tranquility, permeated only by singing birds and gushing streams.

District at a Glance :

S No.ItemUnitsYearValue
1.Geographical AreaSq. Km.20013147
2.Population
MaleIn thousand2011527.101
FemaleIn thousand2011463.525
TotalIn thousand2011990.626
RuralIn thousand2011894.274
UrbanIn thousand201196.352
Schedule CastIn thousand2011210.40
Schedule TribesIn thousand20110.02
3.No. of Literates
MaleIn thousand2011338.476
FemaleIn thousand2011206.387
TotalIn thousand2011544.866
4.No. of TahsilsNo.2013-144
5.Development BlocksNo.2011-125
6.Nyaya PanchayatNo.2011-1247
7.Gram SabhaNo.2011-12330
8.No. of village
No. of Habitated villageNo.2011565
No. of inhabitated villageNo.201187
Forest villageNo.20112
Total villageNo.2011654
9.Town and CitiesNo.20013
10.Municipal CorporationNo.2006-070
11.Nagar Palika ParishadNo.2006-071
12.Cantt. AreaNo.2006-070

Tourist Places :

KAMAD GIRI
A forested hill of prime religious significance, this is believed to be the original Chitrakoot. The Bharat Milap Temple is located here. Pilgrims perform a ritual circumambulation of the hill to seek blessings.

SPHATIK SHILA
This picturesque spot is marked by two immense rocks. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita feasted their eyes on the beauty of Chitrakoot.

HANUMAN DHARA :
Located on a steep hillside, it is approachable by a flight of 360 steps. Here, the waters of a natural spring cascade over an image of Lord Hanuman.

RAM GHAT :
On the banks of the River Mandakini, and center of ritual activity, this Ghat is the most frequented in Chitrakoot. The “Aarti” performed in the evening is particularly beautiful.

JANKI KUND
An unusual cave over the Mandakini. Said to be the place where Sita bathed.