Things to See in VindhyachalVindhyachal, home to Goddess Vindhyavasini, has over thousands of visitors all year round. Just 8 kms away from Mirzapur, there are no dearth of transport vehicles to this auspicious site. The main attraction of Vindhyachal is its temples. Apart from Maa Vindhyavasini temple there are a number of other temples that draw its attention to the devout.
This revered place sits on the banks of river Ganges and holds a strong religious and mythological connection. It is believed that Goddess Parvati incarnated here to destroy Mahishasura and his regime. Apart from the surviving ones, there were additional temples and edifices that were demolished by Mughal emperor Aurangazeb during his rule. Vindhyachal is also a safe haven for some of the endangered species as well as medicinal plants.
Three important temples in Vindhyachal form the “Trikona Parikrama”. Circumambulation of the three temples - Maa Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, Kali Koh Temple and Ashtabhuja Temple, is considered auspicious.
Let’s take a look at some of the important places to visit in Vindhyachal:
Maa Vindhyavasini Devi Temple in Vindhyachal
Majority of the tourists visiting Vindhyachal comes to Maa Vindhyavasi Devi Temple to seek the goddess’ blessings. This temple is respected as one of the most powerful shaktipeeths of Hindu religion. The temple organises Navratri in April and October and Kajali Mahotsav in June with great fervour and spirit.
Timings of puja and aarti:
Mangal Aarti – 4.00am to 5.00am
Raj Shree Aarti – 12.00pm to 1.30pm
Choti Aarti – 7.15pm to 8.30pm
Badi Shayan Aarti – 9.30pm to 10.30pm
It is a tank with perennial spring. As per mythology, when Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita were returning from Lanka they felt extremely thirsty. To get relief from the situation Lakshman shot an arrow on the surface of the earth and created fountain of water. One has to climb 48 steps to reach Sita Kund. There is also a Durga Devi temple next to Sita Kund.
Ashtabhuja Temple in Vindhyachal
This temple is situated three kilometres away from Maa Vindhyavasini Temple. Goddess Ashtabhuji, also an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, is worshipped in this temple.
Rameshwar Mahadev Temple
Just 7 kms away from Maa Vindhyavasini Temple Vindhyachal is a small hamlet known as Akhori. This village is a perfectly located and gives you a beautiful view of the Vindhya Range. It also offers a nice description of a hilly village life and is often visited by tourists, especially foreigners.
Ram Gaya Ghat and Taradevi Temple
This ghat is located 2 km west of Vindhyachal and is known to have strong mythological roots. It is believed that Lord Rama visited often visited this place to pray for his deceased father. Taradevi Temple adjacent to the ghat is famous for its tantric practice and learning centre.