Chauragarh Shrine

Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

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It is a pilgrimage site with Lord Siva's temple at the top. There is a Chauragarh fort there built by the king Sangram Shah of Gond Dynasty. It is also a very well known spot for sunrise viewing.

 

Pachmarhi is a popular tourist retreat. It is located in Madhya Pradesh, India. Pachamarhi is a hill station of Madhya Pradesh. Chauragarh is the second highest peak. The sun rising scene seen here is breathtaking and climbing 1300 steps to reach the point makes it worth. Surrounded by dense forest and verdant valleys, the Chauragarh or Chota Mahadeo Temple is perched on the Chauragarh Peak, which is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Shiva in the Pachmarhi Region. The temple is situated at a mighty height, and one needs to climb 1250 steps to get to the top. After the arduous climb, devotees are charmed with thousands of trishuls stacked in the temple courtyard. During the festivity of Nagpanchami and Mahashivratri, devotees flock here in large numbers, heaving up these massive trishuls as offerings.

One will be amazed to see the cluster of trishuls stuck in the temple ground as a way to offer obeisance to the Lord. Witness the gleaming mountain streams tumbling down the steep slopes to give rise to cascading waterfalls all along the way to the temple. The temple’s magnificence would make one believe in the fact that beauty and tranquility are commonplace where God resides. It also has a pool of natural water, a naturally formed shivling and a pathway for the pilgrims to ease the walk.

The hill also has some caves in which the Pandav brothers of the Mahabharat had lived during their exile. Mahadev Temple also hosts an annual fair, Shivratri Mela, on the second last day in the month of Phalgun in the Hindu calendar which falls on either February or March. It is held in reverence of Lord Shiva and on that day, the pilgrims carrying

 

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