Sati Anusuya Ashram is located about 18 km from Ramghat, a famous tourist attraction in Chitrakoot. It is one of the holiest places in the region and is considered a part of the "chitrakoot char dham". This place gets its name from the fact that it served as the ashram of Maharishi Atri along with his wife Mahasati Anasuya. She is also regarded as one of the mahasatis in holy scriptures of Hinduism because of her devout, pure and chaste character.
There is also an interesting story behind her name. It is believed that this region was parched because of no rains for ten years. Then, Anasuya performed hard penance, and finally succeeded in bring River Mandakini down on earth. She was called Sati for her supreme sacrifice and enduring immense hardships during her penance. In fact, her dedication and love towards her husband and her duties were so great that even Goddess Sita sought her blessings during her exile with Lord Rama. She also received lessons in humility, devotion and all other qualities that a chaste, noble and devoted woman should possess.
The ashram itself is surrounded by thick vegetation and hills on all sides. This plays a big role in lending it that serenity and tranquillity, not to mention the spiritual aura, that is famous for. There is an enormous temple dedicated to Mahasati Anasuya along with her husband, Maharishi Atri and their son, Dattatreya. Apart from statues inside the temple of the three noble souls, there are depictions from Sati’s life which lend an aesthetic appeal to it. In addition, there is also a statue of Lord Krishna riding the chariot with Arjuna seated behind him. Women can often be seen performing a circumambulation of the temple and paying their respects to the purest soul of all time - Mahasati Anasuya.
Popular Tourist Attractions Nearby
Sati Anasuya Ashram is located in close proximity to the most famous tourist attractions in Chitrakoot including Ganesh Bagh and Bharat Milap Temple. The entire district is dotted with several places of cultural and religious importance. Here are some of them.
- Hanuman Dhara
- Ganesh Bagh
- Ram Ghat
- Gupt Godavari
- Janki Kund
- Bharat Milap Temple
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Chitrakoot depends on the kind of weather you are comfortable travelling in. If you are uncomfortable with heat and humidity, then summers would probably not be a good time to visit it. If you are used to travelling in hot conditions, then you can visit this place just fine. If cool, pleasant and amicable weather is what you desire, then the winter season is the best time to visit this place. The gentle weather conditions create the best conditions for sightseeing and exploration.
How to Reach?
The district of Chitrakoot is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh and can be reached quite easily by train and road. It does not have its own airport however. Here is the best way of reaching it by train, air and road.
Chitrakoot Dham Karwi is the nearest railway station to Chitrakoot. The distance from the railway station to Sati Anasuya Ashram is almost 19 km. After getting down at the railway station, you can hire a taxi or private vehicle to reach the destination.
There is no airport in Chitrakoot, so if you are coming by air, you will have to land at Bamrauli Airport, located in the city of Prayagraj (Allahabad). The airport is located at a distance of 126 km approx, while the driving time is 3 hrs 14 minutes. You can hire a taxi or any other private vehicle from the airport.
The district of Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh enjoys a good connectivity to the major cities of India as well as those located in close proximity including Varanasi (246 km), Vindhyachal (171 km), Prayagraj (Allahabad) (115 km) and Ayodhya (270 km). All of them are connected to it via NH 35.