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Rendezvous with Marble Rocks
|by Dr. Jaipal Singh|
Jabalpur is the third largest city of Madhya Pradesh state in India. Historically, it was the centre of the Kalchuri and Gond dynasties. Ever since British time, it is an important military station in the Central India and a seat of four important ordnance factories.
Narmada is considered a holy river perhaps only next to Ganges in importance and is venerated by majority Hindus. As per an ancient belief, anyone who takes a holy bath in Narmada at Bhedaghat, his (or her) all previous sins are washed away.
6. A closer view of Dhuandhar falls
Apart from the marble rocks, the major attraction at Bhedaghat is a waterfall known as Dhuandhar which gives an appearance of the white smoke or a mass of mist coming out of the river. Here the otherwise placid river becomes turbulent as it plunges to a considerable depth presenting an awesome and picturesque spectacle. A few years back, a rope-way has also been added to enhance the experience of tourists at Bhedaghat.
While sailing between the marble rocks, one reaches a rather narrow point where high rising marble rocks on both sides come so close that the monkeys in the area easily jump across them. This point is called ‘Bandar Kodini’. Sailing on a boat at the moonlit night between the marble rocks on the river Narmada gives a divine experience and much sought after joy and fulifilment particularly among young loving couples.
During the monsoon season i.e. from July to September, due to heavy influx of water the Dhuandhar fall looses its shape and attraction and boat ride is also considered dangerous in the turbulent river.
Another worth visiting place is Chausath Yogini Temple situated at Bhedaghat at a considerable height. The temple contains carvings of sixty-four Yogini i.e. female yoga mystics. It is stated to have been built during the tenth century by the Kalchuri Kings. Incidentally, the site also presents a reminiscent of the religious misanthropy and intolerance during the medieval period as every statue is found disfigured or damaged.
15. A Bhedaghat painting made by a local artist using paint, brush and tiny pieces of marble
All Pictures (c) jaipalsingh
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