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#11 of 31 Places To Visit in Chitrakoot
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Sphatik Shila, Mandakini River, Near Janaki Kund, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, 210205, India
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+91-5198-236405/235794
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timings
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
Around 1 to 2 hours

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about sphatik shila

Literally translated, Sphatik Shila is Sanskrit for ‘crystal rock’. It is essentially a flat boulder, where Lord Rama was believed to have once rested upon, with his wife Sita, and admired the scenic beauty of Chitrakoot. The boulder gets its name from the fact that it has a glass like or crystalline finish, which still contains the footprints of the lord. To see the footprints one has to make a climb up the boulder. The priest here will tell you about a particular incident in Ramayana that took place in this very cave. Here’s the story in brief. While sitting on this boulder, Sita devi was pecked by the son of Lord Indra -Jayant, who had taken the form of a crow and wanted to test Lord Rama. In order to punish him, the lord expunged Jayant’s eyes. It is also believed that while Sita was injured, Lord Rama took care of her, which is why Sphatik Shila also represents the love between Lord Rama and Sita. This makes it a prime destination for all the pilgrims visiting Chitrakoot. Located on the banks of the sparkling Mandakini river which harbours an array of pretty little colourful fishes, and surrounded by lush greenery, the tranquility and the picturesque beauty of this place makes it a must see, even if you are not religiously inclined.

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Kapil Gumasta
Kapil Gumasta
Mar 28 2014
The Shila it self is not a big thing but the river side is quite beautiful and calm. There are fishes in there and you can feed them. Grains are available for sale there only.
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