Origin of Holy River Narmada: Amarkantak
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / January 8, 2018

The Narmada or Rewa is a river in central India. It is fifth longest river in Indian subcontinent. It is also known as “Life Line of Madhya Pradesh” for its contribution to the state of Madhya Pradesh. Narmada rises from Amarkantak Plateau near Anuppur district. It flows westwards over a length of 1,312 km before draining through Gulf of Khambhat into Arabian Sea, 30 km west of Bharuch city of Gujarat. The town of Amarkantak is surrounded by a rich variety of flora with medicinal properties. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, is located at a distance of no more than 40 km from the town of Amarkantak in the state of Chhattisgarh. The forests of Amarkantak are linked with the forests of Kanha National Park. Amarkantak falls on the Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor, a hilly region covered with dense forests. Introduction of Amarkantak Amarkantak is not only the origin of Narmada, the Son River, initially referred to as Jwalawanti of Johila, Mahanadi and the Amadoh, all rise from Amarkantak. Legend has it that Lord Shiva blessed Narmada with unique purifying powers. Whereas to purify himself, a devotee requires taking one dip in the Holy Ganga, seven days’ prayers on the banks of Yamuna and three days prayers on…

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