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River Narmada

Narmada Origin : Narmada is the largest river of Madhya Pradesh State. It travels from East to West and finally falls at Arabian Sea on coast of Surat city in Gujrat. Narmada river is the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh and Gujrat state. It is the fifth largest river of Indian subcontinent. Narmada is a Sanskrit language work which means “Giver of Pleasure”.

Narmada river has its origin at holy place called Amarkantak at the height of approx. 3467 ft. from sea level. There is a small tank called Narmada kund in Amarkantak which is considered as a origin point of Holy river Narmada. It is about 245kms. away from Jabalpur city.

Religious Significance of Narmada River

Narmada originates from Amarkantak and remains till it reaches Arabian Sea on Surat Coast. River is considered one of the most sacred river out of five holy rivers of India. Four other holy rivers are: Ganges, Yamuna, Kaveri and Godavari. It is famous belief that a dip in any of these five rivers washes ones sins away. According to Hindu legend, millions of people pollute River Ganges taking dip in it. To cleanse herself, Ganga acquires the form of a black cow and take bath in holy water of river Narmada. It is also believed that river Narmada is much older than river Ganga.

Fables about River Narmada According to one such fable, once Lord Shiva (Destroyer God of the Universe), meditated so hard that her started perspiring. His sweat accumulated in a tank and started over-flowing and taken the form of a river called Narmada. So Narmada is considered as a daughter of Lord Shiva in addition of two sons Ganapati & Kartikeya.

Narmada Importance :

Narmada river is a lifeline of Madhya Pradesh State and Gujarat State.

Narmada river originates from Amarkantak in hill of Satpura ranges. Due to origin point of river narmada, Amarkantak becomes a holy place for devotees and also a popular tourist spot for tourists. Thousands of Domestic and Foreign tourists do visit to Amarkantak due to its importance.

When it moves further and reaches plains, one can find number of ghats (river banks) on Narmada river having some temples and other worship places. River Narmada is the only large river in Madhya Pradesh & Gujarat States.

Rules for Narmada Parikrama
  1. To a Parikramawasi Narmada becomes the presiding deity. The Parikamawasi salutes and worships her twice a day. Sometimes the parikrama route takes one away from the shore of Narmada because of geographical conditions. In that case carry a bottle of Narmada water and offer prayers to it.
  2. A Parikrama can be started from any point along the banks of Narmada. The whole idea is to return to that point and complete the Parikrama.
  3. A Parikravasi walks alongside the Narmada,cannot cross the Narmada, cannot enter more than knee-deep water for a bath, should not dance or swim in its waters.
  4. A Parikramawasi shaves the head and beard before undertaking the Parikrama and does not shave till the Parikrama is complete, does not use soap in the waters of Narmada for a bath or for washing clothes, does not spit in Narmada or do an act of disrespect towards Narmada.
  5. A Parikramawasi follows bramhacharya (celibacy) during the Parikrama, abstains from lies and wrong deeds, stays quiet, does not criticize others, and behaves with humility and gently with all.
  6. For all his needs, including food and shelter, the Parikravasi depends on temples, ashrams, sadhus and people who live on the banks of Narmada. A Parikramavasi walks barefoot, eats whatever food is offered to him, drinks Narmada water, sleeps wherever he can find shelter, carries little money, accepts whatever food or money or clothes are offered to him without a sense of greed or hoarding.
  7. A Parikrawasi collects Narmada water in a suitable container (I used a plastic 500 ml bottle) from wherever he begins the parikrama. This water is offered at Mai Ki Bagiya in Amarkantak and fresh water is collected from there, which is then offered at Reva Sangam, from where fresh water is again collected which, after completing the Parikrama is offered at the Temple of Omkareshwar.
  8. Offer special prayers at the following places: a. Place of beginning e.g. Omkareshwar. b. RevaSangam, where Narmada meets the Arabian Sea. c. Mai Ki Bagia in Amarkantak. (d) Omkareshwar again.
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