Narmada Devi Shondesh Shakthi Peeth is one of the ancient temples and is believed to be 6000 years old and is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas which is located at Amarkantak, Anuppur District of Madhya Pradesh. Goddess is called with the name Narmada Devi and Lord Shiva as Badrasen or Vadrasen. In Sanskrit, Amarkantak means Amar – immortal and kantak – obstruction.
- According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Right buttock” fell down.
- It is believed that Amarkantak was an abode of Gods and whoever dies here gets a place in heaven.
When Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura (three cities) by fire few ashes fell at Kailash, few at Amarkantak and remaining were saved by Lord himself at heaven. It is believed that ashes fell at Amarkantak transformed into crores of Shiv Lingas but now we are able to see only one at Jwaleshwar. Because of this holy ashes, it is believed that whoever devotee enters into Sona or Narmada Temple their souls will be cleansed.
Places of Interests:
- Mai ka Bagiya (garden) is a place where goddess Narmada used to pluck flowers. It is a thick forest and is being secured with many herbal plants.
- Sonmuda is a river where once gold granules were found.
- Narmada Udgam is a place where the holy River Narmada originated.
- Kapildhara, Dudhdhara, Jwaleshwar Mahadev etc.
Road: You can find many buses floating towards Amarkantak from cities like Bilaspur and Shadol. Local transport system like auto rickshaws and buses run frequently.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Pendra Road station which is about 17 kms from Narmada Devi Temple.
Air: The nearest airport is at Jabalpur which is 245 kms and Raipur in Chhattisgarh which is 230 kms. If you are not from India, you need to drop at Delhi or Kolkata International airports.