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Chitrakoot Dham is a city in the Chitrakoot district, within the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the headquarters of the Chitrakoot district. Situated in the Bundelkhand region, it holds great cultural, historical, religious and archaeological importance and it is said that Lord Rama spent 11 years of exile in Chitrakoot. It is connected to the town of Chitrakoot, situated in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
City of many Hills
|• Body||Municipal Council|
|• MLA||Anil Pradhan (Samajwadi Party)|
|• Chairman||Narendra Gupta|
|Elevation||137 m (449 ft)|
|Highest elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
On 6 May 1997 in Uttar Pradesh, a new district, Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Nagar, was created, by cutting it out of the Banda district. A year later on 4 September 1998, the name of the district was changed to Chitrakoot. It is situated in the northern Vindhya range spread across Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh states. The word "Chitrakoot" signifies the rich and diverse cultural, religious, historical and archaeological heritage of the various sites of the region. Every new moon, lakhs of devotees from different areas gather here. Somvati Amavasya, Diwali, Sharad-Purnima, Makar-Sankranti, and Ram Navami are celebrated in the city.
The city is bounded by Kaushambi in the north, Satna (M.P.) and Rewa (M.P.) in the south, Prayagraj and Branda in the east and west respectively. Chitrakoot Dham is situated on the bank of the Mandakini (Payaswini) river, with mountainous terrain.
As of the 2011 census, Chitrakoot Dham had a population of 66,426, with 54% being male, and 46% female. The city has an average literacy rate of 67%, with male literacy at 75% and female literacy of 58%.
Educational institutes Edit
- Baijnath Bharadwaj Saraswati Vidya Mandir
- Chitrakoot Inter College (CIC)
- Gyan Bharti School
- Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University, Sitapur
- Sanskrit College, Taronha
- Goshwami Tulshidas Government College, Bedi Pulia
- Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya University
- Seth Moolchand Vidya Mandir
- St Thomas Sr. Sec. school
- District Hospital Chitrakoot
The National Highway 35 (NH35) and National Highway 731A (NH731A) runs through Chitrakoot Dham Karwi. NH35 gives connectivity to Varanasi and Jhansi. NH731A gives connectivity to Kausambi, Pratapgarah, and Raebareli. The Bundelkhand Expressway begins in the city, a 296km long expressway, connected to the Agra–Lucknow Expressway, which connects to Delhi.
Chitrakutdham Karwi railway station is part of the Manikpur–Jhansi/Kanpur main line, served by the North-Central division of Indian Railways. It to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bhopal, Raipur, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Khajuraho, Lucknow, Durg and Varanasi.
Chitrakoot Airport is the nearest airport to the city.
- Ramghat–This is a major ghat. 100–150 rs buy a one-hour personal shikara (Big Boat). Many boats host pet rabbits. Tulsidas statue is there on the ghat. Bharat Milap temple is on this ghat. Arati happens each evening. This is a central place in Chitrakoot.
- Kamtanath Temple–This trail covers around 5 km. Monkeys are common and ill-behaved.
- Hanuman Dhara–This hill has three main points of interest: Trimukhi Hanuman mandir, Panchmukhi hanuman mandir and Seeta Rasoi. A continuous stream of waterfalls on Hanuman idol. Buy grams of "Chana" and feed langurs here. Langurs are present. Sita Rasoi is an old room where Sitaji cooked food during ram vanvas.
- Gupt Godavari Caves–Water streams flow through these three caves.
- Sphatic Shila–This is a stone where Lord Ram used to rest.
- Sati Anusuiya Ashram–This is an ashram on the river bank.
- Ganesh Bagh- The last Durbar of Peshwas of India, It is also called as mini khajuraho
- Sanhok Lake View
See also Edit
- "Uttar Pradesh in Statistics," Kripa Shankar, APH Publishing, 1987, ISBN 9788170240716
- "Political Process in Uttar Pradesh: Identity, Economic Reforms, and Governance Archived 2017-04-23 at the Wayback Machine," Sudha Pai (editor), Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pearson Education India, 2007, ISBN 9788131707975
- "Chitrakoot Dham Population Census 2011 – 2020". www.census2011.co.in. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- "Colleges/Universities | District Chitrakoot, An Official Website of District Chitrakoot | India". Retrieved 20 June 2023.
- "Hospitals | District Chitrakoot, An Official Website of District Chitrakoot | India". Retrieved 20 June 2023.