Roopnath Dham is a tourist spot and religious place in Bahoriband Tehsil of Katni City. along with this, it is also an archaeological place. This place is very famous for its beautiful mountains and trees full of natural beauty and for waterfalls, ponds, and water pools. There is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva here which is built in the middle of the mountain and there is also a temple of Goddess Parvati, besides there is also a temple of Radha-Krishna and Ram Sita. Here Lord Shankar is known as Roopnatheswar and this place is also known by the same name. In the Roopnatheswar Temple, there is a Panchalingi idol of Lord Shiva, this idol is not found anywhere else in the whole world except here. This temple was built in ancient times. Along with being a religious place, it is also an area of historical importance because the great Maurya emperor Ashoka also came here to propagate Buddhism. There is also a stone inscription of Emperor Ashoka here, on which 6 lines of lines are written in the Brahmi language of that time. The archaeological authorities have taken this rock article under their protection, Hindi translation of this article has also been done. The length of this inscription is 4.5 feet and the width is 1 foot.
Every day many people come to this place for a picnic and to have a view of Lord Shiva and also to see the inscription of Emperor Ashoka. Along with this, the hill scene here is also very attractive and beautiful which pulls people towards it. A fair is organized here between December and January and thousands of people come here during that time.
The Religious and mythological history of Roopnath Dham.
There is an ancient legend associated with Roopnath Dham. In ancient times, there was a demon named Bhasmasur, who was created by Lord Shankar with his power. Lord Shiva had given him a boon that any creature on whose head he would put his hand, that creature would turn into ashes. But Bhasmasur had started misusing this boon and When Lord Shiva refused to do so, he tried to burn Shiva himself. Then Lord Shiva took shelter in a cave on a hill in Roopnath Dham to avoid Bhasmasur. Today there is a temple of Lord Shiva in this cave which is called Roopnatheswar temple.
There is another legend as well, according to which when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married, their marriage procession stopped at Roopnath Dham. Here Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva and all the members were rest here. There is also a temple of Goddess Parvati along with Lord Shiva.
Buddhism was propagated here by Maurya Emperor Ashoka.
Maurya Emperor Ashoka was a great world conqueror warrior, during his lifetime he ruled over the entire India. He fought and won many wars, but when he saw the devastation caused by the war, he gave up state comforts and adopted Buddhism. Ashoka propagated Bodh Dharma to spread Bodh Dharma and its knowledge across India. He also came to Roopnath Dham through the propagation of Buddhism and stayed here. He spent a lot of time here. He had also engraved some 6 lines in Brahmi script on a huge rock here. Even today this rock has been kept under the protection of archeology.
Roopnath Dham is also famous for Ram, Sita, and Laxman Kund.
The natural beauty of this place is very breathtaking and the view here becomes even more beautiful during the rainy season. In the rainy season, a beautiful fountain is seen here, which falls on a Huge Pool below going from the mountains. Due to the waterfall, 3 small pools are formed here. All three Pools are known as Ram Kund, Sita Kund, and Laxman Kund. The view of all the pools (kundas) and the water falling on them becomes a very beautiful sight, people take photos and selfies here. There is water in all the kunds throughout the year, but there is a lot of water in the rainy season and there are trees and greenery all around.
It is also an archaeological site.
This place is an archaeological site because of Ashoka’s inscription, so this place has been declared of national importance. This is the only place in the entire Mahakoshal region where evidence of the Mauryan dynasty has been found. That’s why it is a rare and important place and its protection is necessary.
What is worth seeing in Roopnath Dham?
Roopnath Dham is a religious and historical place as well as it is also a place of archaeological importance. Some of the interesting things to see here are:
Roopnatheswar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In this temple, the Panchalingi Linga idol of Lord Shiva is enshrined. This temple is surrounded by mountains and the view of this temple is very beautiful and it is surrounded by mountains. There is also a cave inside this temple which is currently closed. One has to cross some stairs to reach this temple.
2. Mata Parvati (Goddess Parvati) Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva’s wife and Adi Shakti Goddess Parvati. This temple is just a short distance from Roopnatheswar temple. There is also a cave near Parvati ji’s temple, but no one is allowed to enter this cave.
3. Inscription of Emperor Ashoka
The inscription of Emperor Ashoka is one of the main attractions of this place. Whoever comes here must visit this inscription. The writing of this inscription is very old, this script has been engraved on the stone in Brahmi. This inscription is associated with Mauryan Emperor Ashoka and Buddhism. Emperor Ashoka stayed at Rupnath Dham when he went out to propagate Buddhism and engraved this article on this rock.
4. Three-storied temple
There is also a three-storied temple here which has the idols of Lord Shiva and Nandi on the ground floor. There is a temple of Lord Krishna and Radha on its second floor and a Ram-Sita Maa temple on the last floor. There is also a temple of Lord Hanuman ji next to this temple. In which the idol of Lord Hanuman is enshrined.
Roopnath Dham fair organized
Every year a huge fair is organized in Roopnath Dham from December to January. There is a lot of activity at this fair. Hundreds of shops are set up here, in which food, clothes, bangles, bindis, and children’s toys are available. Thousands of people come here to see the fair, and many activities and fun events are also organized for this fair.
There are swings and sweets for the children and a very fun-filled atmosphere. If you are also planning to visit Roopnath Dham, then you should go here only during this fair.
Opening and closing time of Roopnath Dham.
Roopnath Dham opens from 7 am morning to 7 pm in the evening.
How to reach Roopnath Dham?
By Air: The nearest airport to Roopnath Dham is the Dumna Airport of Jabalpur. The distance between Roopnath Dham from Dumna Airport is 73.5 minutes.
By Train: If you want to come to Roopnath Dham by train then the nearest railway station is Sihora Road. Roopnath Dham is 31 km from Sihora Road station. From here you can go here by local taxi or rickshaw or by your own vehicle.
Katni Junction is the second nearest railway station here. The distance from Roonath Dham to Katni Junction Railway Station is 53.5km.
By Road: You can also come to Roopnath Dham by road. Jabalpur and Katni is well connected by roads to all the cities of India. If you want, you can come here by booking your own vehicle or taxi.
Address and Google map of Roopnath Dham
Address: J2RJ+CRW, Sihora Rd, Darshani, Madhya Pradesh 483225.
Images of Roopnath Dham.
Other places to visit are near Roopnath Dham Bahoriband Katni.
- Kankali Devi Temple, Tigawa, Bahoriband, Katni
- Bandar Chuha, Dham
- Suramya Park, Kataye Ghat.
- Jagrirti Park, Madhav Nagar, Katni.
- Badera Chaturyug Dham
- Vijayraghavgarh Fort
- Maa Vaishnav Devi Dhaam, Village Sungarha.
- Vishnu Varah Temple Karanpur
- Kamakandla Fort, Bilhari, Katni
- Maihar (Maa Sharda Temple)