It is one of the most popular site in central India for the well known Dhunwadhar fall and marble rock. Although, it is small town near Jabalpur but very much favorite among Bollywood (Indian Film Industry). Many famous movies have been shoot here. So i choose Bhedaghat as my first destination, because it was a guarantee of good start to my trip.
I planned my trip in the starting of March, because it is the perfect time for travelling across most of the north Indian state. I have reached Jabalpur early in the morning, which is main junction point to reach Bhedaghat. I had already been booked my stay with Hotel Ambika Palace which was a nice option in budget. This hotel is located in the market area and approx 3 km from Jabalpur Junction.
Now it was time to go to Bhedaghat, so i asked the locals the best option to get there. People suggest me to take ‘METRO’ a shuttle bus service that run from Jabalpur junction to Bhedaghat. But i was not sure about the timing of bus, so i chose shared auto from ‘Teen Patti’ bus stand, that charged Rs. 30/- up to Bhedaghat Dhunwadhar point.
From this point one has to walk down around 500 meter to reach up to the waterfall. This path have several shops of ‘marble made items’, you can see the artisan shaping the marble to make different object. Here, you can see Shivlinga in different size and many other statue of marble. As you approch towards the fall, a thundering sound of water can be hear from more than 100 meter distance.
Here, Narmada River fall from 50 feet height and pass through standing marble rocks. The view of this wonderful fall is quite amazing and mesmerizing. This waterfall create a smoky effect when huge quantity of water strike the rock and splash around, that is why it got its name. There is a platform with railing (for safety reason) on right bank from where everyone can enjoy the vicinity of this beautiful waterfall. Even, if you want to get on left side of river then there is a facility of Cable Car at right bank that will take you to other side in Rs. 100/-.
Famous Boat ride through marble rock
Boat ride through marble rock is a major attraction of Bhedaghat. The Boating point is located near ‘Panchvati Guest House’ in the town and 1.5 km from Dhunwadhar point. Here, Narmada river is quite deep and cover large area that make a reservoir kind of thing. There are two type of shared boat ride one is for half hour in Rs. 50/- and for one hour in Rs.100/- for a person. You may also take a private family boat in Rs. 400/-.
You would have been experienced many boat ride before, but it will be more interesting in many way. There is always a commentator in every boat, who continuously keep engage all. I had seen this kind of commentary in a travel channel, then i thought it might be only for camera sake. But here, i found it mandatory in boating culture. These boat guy tell you everything related about, in funny rhymes and make your ride more interesting and memorable. They tell about the movie shoot here and also draw your attention towards different types of rocks like golden, blue, brown etc.
It look very amazing while you pass through narrow gorge, at one point marble rock come so close that a monkey can jump to other side, this point known as ‘Bandar kodini‘ which is most famous part of this boat ride.
Chausath Yogini Temple
Though bhedhaghat is known for its waterfall, but i was more excited to visit Chousath yogini temple. This is the rare temple of its kind and there are only four temple known in India. These temples are belong to Goddess Durga, where Goddess live along with her 64 attendant (Sevika). They all had yogic power, so were known as yogini. These temples are more significant in Tantric activities.
It is believed that this temple was build by Kalachuri dynasty during 10th century. The main temple is bounded with circular wall, and there are 95 statue of yogini situated along the wall. Every statue is marked with number and name of yogini. As per theory, It must be 64 but here are 95 and 1st one is unique which only have legs. Other than that all statues were build beautifully but now mostly are damaged and that may be due to attack in Mughal period.
This temple is at walking distance from the boating point but situated on the top of small hill. One has to climb more than 100 steps to reach the temple. But, it is worth to see this unique temple and view of surroundings.
It is another temple of the same period (10th century) and around 100 meter from Chausath Yogini Temple. It is a temple of pentagonal shape and has one small temple at each edge. There is a Shivling installed in each of these temples.
After visiting all these important landmark I took METRO for Jabalpur, which ply at every 10 minute from Bhedaghat and it was really a better option than auto. Overall, it was a good experience and nice starter for my 10 day long trip.
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