The Virgin River Narmada originates
at Amarkantak in Maikal Hills and passes through Jabalpur
on its way to Bharuch. At Bharuch
in Gujarat, it merges into the Arabian Sea after traversing a distance of 1312 kilometers.
Gwarighat at Jabalpur
Virgin River Narmada is one
of the holiest rivers for the Hindus. The
Narmada Bank at Gwarighat
is deeply revered by the Hindus. It is where
sacred rites and rituals are performed. It is a sanctorum
for the pious in quest of spirituality and peace. The ghat
is abode of Sadhus or Sants that perform religious ceremonies meditate and accord spiritual
discourse to the believers. Lot of fun fairs and religious
functions are held at this colorful Ghat and its stepped embankment. On banks of the river major Hindu
temples are found.
Guru Nanak Dev stopped and preached here. There is a famous
Gurudwara Gwarighat Saheb on the other side of Gwarighat.
Jabali Rishi the Hindu Saint after whom Jabalpur is named spent a number of years meditating on the banks of the river. The cave at Marble Rocks was one of his shelters.
The essence of visit to Gwarigaht is to let float lighted clay lamps known as "deep" in Hindi on river surface. Every evening hundreds of pious pay homage to the river by "Deep Daan" amidst chanting of holy mantras and prayers. It is an enigmatic moment as river livens up with thousands of flickering clay lamps against the night sky.
The devout perform circumnavigation or Holy
Narmada Parikrama of the River Goddess.
Such is the sanctity of this ancient river that a mere sight
of it washes one’s sins away. The ritualistic dip is
performed on all occasions of religious significance and is
of tremendous importance to the devout. To be cremated at
the banks of the holy river is a desire of all devout Hindus. Narbada is referred to as Shankari the daughter of Lord Shankar since it is
by His perspiration that the river is said to form. Narmada is mentioned
in Hindu religious text and scriptures. The River
Ganges is said to cleanse herself from the waters
of this holy river.