Near Chitrakut, there is a small place called Hanumandhara. Here there is an old idol of Lord Hanuman standing against a mountain for years. And a small water flow that meets the river touches this idol.
The Hanuman Dhara Temple is situated on the peak of mountain where there is natural rock formation image of Shri Hanuman inside the cave and a natural stream of water falling on the tail. It is believed that after the coronation of Lord Ram, Hanuman requested for a permanent place to settle in the Kingdom of Lord Ram, where his Injury of burns on his tails will be cured. Lord Ram, then with his arrow, spurred a stream of water on the tip of mountain and asked Hanuman to rest there with water of the stream falling on his tail to cool down burning sensation in his tail.
The access to the cave temple is through stairs starting from bottom of the mountain to its top. It takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes to reach the temple. Over time the temple has gained a new name, namely Hanuman Dhara.
Chitrakuta’s spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages: It was in these deep forests that Rama, Sita and his brother Lakshmana spent eleven and half years of their fourteen years of exile; the great sage Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharshi Markandeya, Sarbhanga, Sutikshna and various other sages, seers, devotees and thinkers meditated; and here the principal trinity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, took their incarnations.
It is said that all the gods and goddesses came to Chitrakuta when Rama performed the Shraddha ceremony of his father to partake of the shuddhi (i.e. a feast given to all the relatives and friends on the thirteenth day of the death in the family). The first known mention of the place is in the Valmiki Ramayana, which is believed to be the first ever Mahakavya composed by the first ever poet. As Valmiki is said to be contemporaneous with (or even earlier than) Rama and is believed to have composed the Ramayana before the birth of Rama, the antiquity of its fame can well be gauged.
How to Reach
Located in the Chitrakoot mountains, about 5 km from Ramghat. One has to climb a fleet of steps to reach the spot.
The nearest airport to Hanuman Dhara is satna airport, satna which is 70 KM away from Hanuman Dhara . Explore and Book - Hotels near satna airport.Also see - how to go from chitrakoot to satna.
The nearest railway station to Hanuman Dhara is manikpur railway station Junction which is 25 KM away from Hanuman Dhara . Explore and Book - Hotels near manikpur railway station. Also see - how to go from chitrakoot to manikpur.
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