Amarkantak Jain Temple in Madhya Pradesh
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About Amarkantak Jain Temple
Located in Annupur in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Amarkantak is a famous tourist attraction and pilgrim town wherein the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges merge.
Amarkantak is also the spot from which popular rivers Narmada and Johila emerge and it is said that popular Indian poet Kabir used to meditate on the Kabir Chabutra, which is also referred to as the Platform of Kabir, located in the pilgrim town of Amarkantak.
Amarkantak was formerly known as Amarakuta—which was coined by famous poet Kalidas, and later went on to be known as Amarkantak, which is an amalgamation of Amara, meaning immortal and Kantak, meaning obstruction.
The town is enriched with flora that possesses a plethora of medicinal properties. Other than its pilgrim aspects, Amarkantak has dense and lush green forests that are linked to the popular Kanha National Park. Alongside, one can experience truly the wonders of nature in this place thanks to a number of hills, forests, waterfalls as well as ponds that surround the town.
The major tourist attraction spots in the place are mentioned below—
- Narmada Udgam
- Brighu Kamandal
- Dhuni Pani
- Mai Ki Bagiya
Why is Amarkantak Jain Temple important?
The unique flora and fauna (mentioned above) that call Amarkantak home gives it natural significance and importance. Many people visit this historic temple just to get in touch with ‘their natural side.
Should you choose to do the same, you’ll find that the Amarkantak Jain Temple is the junction at where the Vindhya and Satpura Ranges meet. The Malkai hills intersect this meeting point.
If you were wondering how the temple got its unique name, the reason lies partially in its roots. A linguistic breakdown and analysis of the word Amarkantak leave you with two root words: Amara and Kantaka.
These are old Sanskrit words. Amara means immortal, and Kantaka means an obstruction. Thus, Amarkantak Jain Temple symbolizes a block that will last for eternity. This may allude to the intersection of three hills and mountain ranges.
If you want to drive to Amarkantak Jain Temple, you can easily do so by driving along with the Rewa, Shahdol, Anuppur, Jabalpur, Katni, and Pendra mountain passes.
There are paved roads that lead along each of these passes. You’d find that the town that the temple is located in is about 3,438 feet above sea level.
Of course, you can also take the train to or fly to this temple. If you want to take the train to the temple, consider going to Annupur or Pendra Road. if you’d like to take the plane to the temple, you can do so by flying from the Dumna Jabalpur airport. Incidentally enough, this airport offers regular flights to Mumbai and Delhi, so you can always go there if you get bored of Amarkantak Jain Temple.
The people of Amarkantak
Amarakantak is officially called Amarkantak Panchayat (panchayat means large village in Hindi!) approximately 8,416 people called it home as of the 2011 census.
Approximately 10.94% of the village’s population is six or under. Unfortunately, this town is victim to male selection since there were only 834 girls for every 931 boys as of the last census.
This is the place for you if you want to see traditional India
The somewhat skewed gender ratio notwithstanding, this is the place for you if you want to get a glimpse of traditional India. Given that India is modernizing and urbanizing rapidly, a visit to Amarkantak and Amarkantak Jain Temple may well be one of the few opportunities you’ll get to do so!