Chitrakoot Dham: A short visual tour

Photographer: Raoul Andrews

Situated on the banks of the River Mandakini, in the Satna district of Uttar Pradesh, Chitrakoot Dham (Karwi) is an ancient land where it is believed that Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman spent almost eleven and a half years in exile. It bustles with pilgrims throughout the year but Deepawali, Ramanavami and Makar Sankranti is celebrated with an even greater fervour.

Chitrakoot is dotted with numerous temples and shrines along its Ghats. The most famous of the ghats is Ram Ghat. The best time to visit this busy ghat is dusk. Don’t shy away to take a ride down the river on these colorful boats that light up after sundown. The aarti performed on the ghat is also a must-see.
Photographer: Raoul Andrews
With its placid waters and fertile banks, the Mandakini which is also known as the Payaswaini River, is home to several species of hibernating birds. Locals believe the river was also a place where Lord Rama bathed.
Photographer: Raoul Andrews
Pilgrims line up for hours to seek blessings at the temples. The famous temples to visit here are the Hanuman Dhara and the Kamadgiri.
Photographer: Raoul Andrews

AUTHOR'S BIO: Shweta Andrews is a picture researcher at Lonely Planet India.

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