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Route of Narmada River

Today Narmada river flows from Amarkantak to Arabian sea, covering a distance of about 1397kms.. On the way it passes through hilly tracks, dense forests, plains and finally disappears when it reaches Arabian sea. In British era Narmada river is pronounced as Nerbudda. Narmada is not just a river but is the unbroken stream of Divine consciousness which has continued t flow through several creations.

Considering the holy importance of river and to grasp the energy level along with spiritual level, many people use to do Narmada Parikrama/Parikarma. Since ancient times, there has been a tradition of doing a Parikrama of river Narmada. Parikrama means walking alongside it from its source to the sea, crossing to the other side and then walking back to its origin. A devotee who undertakes a Parikrama is called a Parikramavasi or in local lingo called Parkammavasi. To a Parikramavasi, river Narmada is Mother Divine whose parikrama has ceaselessly granted siddhis and boons to all ascetics. Walking around Narmada would charge one with the positive energy.

Rules for Narmada Parikrama
  1. To a Parikramawasi Narmada becomes the presiding deity. The Parikamawasi salutes and worships her twice a day. Sometimes the parikrama route takes one away from the shore of Narmada because of geographical conditions. In that case carry a bottle of Narmada water and offer prayers to it.

  2. A Parikrama can be started from any point along the banks of Narmada. The whole idea is to return to that point and complete the Parikrama.

  3. A Parikravasi walks alongside the Narmada,cannot cross the Narmada, cannot enter more than knee-deep water for a bath, should not dance or swim in its waters.

  4. A Parikramawasi shaves the head and beard before undertaking the Parikrama and does not shave till the Parikrama is complete, does not use soap in the waters of Narmada for a bath or for washing clothes, does not spit in Narmada or do an act of disrespect towards Narmada.

  5. A Parikramawasi follows bramhacharya (celibacy) during the Parikrama, abstains from lies and wrong deeds, stays quiet, does not criticize others, and behaves with humility and gently with all.

  6. For all his needs, including food and shelter, the Parikravasi depends on temples, ashrams, sadhus and people who live on the banks of Narmada. A Parikramavasi walks barefoot, eats whatever food is offered to him, drinks Narmada water, sleeps wherever he can find shelter, carries little money, accepts whatever food or money or clothes are offered to him without a sense of greed or hoarding.

  7. A Parikrawasi collects Narmada water in a suitable container (I used a plastic 500 ml bottle) from wherever he begins the parikrama. This water is offered at Mai Ki Bagiya in Amarkantak and fresh water is collected from there, which is then offered at Reva Sangam, from where fresh water is again collected which, after completing the Parikrama is offered at the Temple of Omkareshwar.

  8. Offer special prayers at the following places: a. Place of beginning e.g. Omkareshwar. b. RevaSangam, where Narmada meets the Arabian Sea. c. Mai Ki Bagia in Amarkantak, the original birth spot of Ma Narmada. d. Omkareshwar again.

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