Kamadgiri Chitrakoot

Kamadgiri, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Kamadgiri, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Timings:

24X7

Entry Fees:

Free

Duration:

3-4 hours

Celebration:

Festivals on Amavasya, Ram Navami & Dipawali

Significance:

Ram stayed here during his exile

Chitrakoot Dham is studded with a large number of places related with Ram, Sita, Lakshaman, Hanuman and various characters of Ramayan. Ram is known by several names. Kamat, meaning the fulfiller of the desires of the devotees, is also one of them. Kamatanath, the presiding deity of Chitrakoot, rests on Kamadgiri. Thus, Sri Kamadgiri, considered to be a form of God, is the most important place of Chitrakoot. Kamadgiri Mountain, which is included in the holy and delightful places of Chitrakoot, is very auspicious to the tourists. According to the ancient stories, while creating this beautiful creation, Lord Brahma performed a ‘yajna’ with 108 ‘havan kund’ at this holy place of Chitrakoot. Lord Rama also spent some time at Kamadgiri during his exile period.

It is a prevalent religious belief that the circumambulation (‘pradakshina’ & ‘parikrama’) and ‘darshan’ of Kamadgiri fulfill the wishes of the devotees. The five kilometer long circumference of Kamadgiri is located in two states - Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh. It has four entry gates in all four directions. The northern gate of Kamadgiri is known as the main gateway. Kamatanath Temple is located on this gate. The gate of the temple is adorned with image of Goddess Laxmi sitting amidst worshipping elephants and lions. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses idols of Ram, Sita & Lakshman. The devotees circumambulate the Sri Kamadagiri by entering through main gate after having holy dip in the River Mandakini at Ram Ghat. A paved circumambulation route is formed around the mountain. There are many temples in the ‘parikrama’ like Mukharvind Temple, Sakshi Gopal Temple, Bharat-Milap Temple, Barha Hanuman ji Temple, Saryu Dhara Temple, Pilikothi Temple, Bihariji Temple etc. There are several ashramas of Vaishnavite saints taking care of the poor and religious people. Lakshman Temple on a small hill on the southern side of Kamadgiri is also a religious place. It is believed that Lakshman used to sit here while guarding Lord Ram and Mother Sita in exile. On every Amavasya (‘no moon’ or ‘new moon’ day), Chaitra Ramnavami & Dipawali pilgrims & devotees gather in Chitrakoot in large number to take bath at Ram Ghat, offer prayers in Kamtanath Temple and perform ‘pradakshina’ of Kamadgiri.

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