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Chitrakoot also spelt as ‘Chitrakuta’ is a modest township and ‘Nagar Panchayat’ of the Bundelkhand Region that is nestled in the northern ranges of the Vindhya Cordillera and spreads over the Chitrakuta and Satna Districts of the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh respectively. The term ‘Chitrakoot’ literally means the ‘Hill of Many Wonders’. Sanctified by the presence of Lord Rama and Devi Sita and teeming with innumerable religious sites and holy temples alluded to in various Hindu Scriptures, this mythological province hailed for its mythical, historical, archaeological, religious and cultural magnitude is deemed amongst the most felicitous pilgrim destinations of Northern India.
Cradled on the sacred banks of the river Mandakini (also known as Paishwani), the Chitrakoot Parvat Mala elegantly dressed up in luxuriant green woods and ornamented with meandering rivulets, sparkling cataracts and lofty scenic peaks is endowed with nature’s extravagant banquet that bears the clear enmarks of the Eden incarnated. Basking in the glory of its immense natural pulchritude and wrapped up in the mystic aura of divinity and boundless faith, Chitrakoot is rightly claimed to be the abode of all the heavenly deities and seraphic beings. The lovely land of Chitrakoot yields its guests the most idyllic environs to unwind in the tranquil and pacifying milieu marked with the unique spiritual atmosphere.
It is believed that out of his 14 years of exile, Lord Rama spent 11 and half years at Chitrakoot amidst its picturesque and serene forest. Maharshi Valmiki describes Chitrakoot in the ‘Ramayana’ as the vicinity bequeathed with an angelic ambient where righteous sages dwell. Apart from the Ramayana, several other religious texts of antediluvian ages have profoundly delineated the abounding blissful allure and the intense sacrosanct appeal of Chitrakoot in pretty eloquent manner. Aside from Lord Rama’s subsistence here, Chitrakoot is also believed to have consecrated by the Hindu Trinity i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh who manifested themselves as the Lord Dattatreya on the highlands of Chitrakoot at the Anusuya Ashram. Not only that, even Goswami Tulsidas received the Darshana of Lord Rama here and attained spiritual solace.
The dandy precinct of Chitrakoot immersed in the sublime majesty of its infinite religious and mythological significance beckons the devotees of Lord Rama from all over the country. The pilgrims throng Chitrakoot particularly on the auspicious occasions of Somwati Amavasya, Makar Sankranti, Ramanavami, Sharad Poornima, Vijayadashami, Deepawali, Ramayana Mela, Shrawan Jhoola Mela, Amavasya Fair, and so on. All these festivals, particularly Ramanavami and Ramayana Mela are celebrated at Chitrakoot with tremendous devotion and enthusiasm every year. Ramanavami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama which is observed in the Hindu month of Chaitra falls in the month of March or April while the Ramayana Mela is celebrated here in February or March.