Chitrakoot, or the hill of many wonders, is a place of spiritual and religious significance,
Chitrakoot, or the hill of many wonders, is a place of spiritual and religious significance,which finds a mention in many scriptures, hence the famous line: ‘Chitrakoot ke ghat par lagi santan ki bheed (the ghats of Chitrakoot are crowded with saints).’
The ghats especially are the main attraction here. They are colourful and vibrant. People from all walks of life can be seen offering prayers.
According to the Ramayana, Chitrakoot was the place where Bharata, brother of Rama came to visit Rama and asked him to come back to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. It is also believed that the trinity of Hindu gods – Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh – took incarnation here.
Apart from quenching spiritual and religious thirst, there are many other things that one can do in Chitrakoot. You can take a dip in the Mandakini river. If in a mood for a little adventure, you can take a boat ride on the colourful boats lined up at the ghat. You can shop for souvenirs and buy toys, bangles, trinkets, and even religious books. Interestingly, the photographs of actors of film director Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana, a popular television series, as deities are sold in the Chitrakoot market.
For those with a sweet tooth, there is peda and to balance the sweet with savoury there’s the good old samosa and kachori. And, round it with chai served in a kullad (an earthen cup).