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 :
|1.||Geographical Area||Sq. Km.||2001||3147|
|Schedule Cast||In thousand||2011||210.40|
|Schedule Tribes||In thousand||2011||0.02|
|3.||No. of Literates|
|4.||No. of Tahsils||No.||2013-14||4|
|8.||No. of village|
|No. of Habitated village||No.||2011||565|
|No. of inhabitated village||No.||2011||87|
|9.||Town and Cities||No.||2001||3|
|11.||Nagar Palika Parishad||No.||2006-07||1|
Tourist Places :
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.
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.
An unusual cave over the Mandakini. Said to be the place where Sita bathed.