Located on the banks of the holy Ganges, Vindhyanchal is a major Shaktipeeth in India. According to Hindu epics and scriptures, it is considered to be the abode of Goddess Durga. Legend has it that the revered Goddess chose Vindhyanchal as her place of abode after killing demon Mahishasura.
During its heyday, Vindhyanachal boasted temples and monuments, all of which were destroyed during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. However, some of them still survive today.
Of temples and scenic splendours
Vidhyanchal is a major pilgrim centre for the Hindus. It is located in the district of Mirzapur, which itself is known for several magnificent edifices belonging to the Victorian era. Besides the temples, the scenic beauty of Vindhyanchal is an added attraction.
The area is also blessed with lush green forests. With its beautiful temples and scenic surroundings, Vindhyanchal is a perfect destination for those who wish to get away from the madding crowds.
Tourist places in and around Vindhyanchal
There are several attractions in Vindhyanchal including the Sita Kund, a pond dedicated to Sita and dating to the Ramayana era. Then there is the Kalikoh Temple, an ancient shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. Also visit the Rameshwar Mahadev Temple, where according to legend, Rama installed the shiva linga. The Ashtabhuja Devi Temple is dedicated to the goddess Ashtbhuja who was the daughter of Yashoda, the foster mother of Lord Krishna.
Vindhyachal is well connected by road and can be reached from Varanasi by rail and air.
The ideal time to make a visit to Vindhyachal is from October to March.