Uttarvahini Narmada Parikrama
Narmada river is among the 7 holiest rivers in Hinduism. The importance of the Narmada River as sacred is testied by the fact that the pilgrims perform a holy pilgrimage of a Parikrama or Circumambulation of the river. The Narmada Parikrama, as it is called, is considered to be a meritorious act that a pilgrim can undertake. It is considered very auspicious when a river ows in the North direction. Narmada river ows in the North direction near Garudeshwar – Tilakwada to Rampura. Hence termed as Uttar Vahini Narmada Parikrama. It is said that doing this Uttarvahini Narmada Parikrama is as auspicious as doing the whole Narmada Parikrama by way of walking. It must be done in the auspicious Chaitra month (by way of Hindu calendar). This Uttarvahini Narmada Parikrama is considered very easy as against the whole Narmada Parikrama which takes more than 3 months to walk. This Uttarvahini Narmada Parikrama is also known as ‘Uttarvahini Panchkoshi” Narmada Parikrama. By way of a rule whilst doing Narmada Parikrama – it should be observed that Narmada Maiyya should always be on the right hand side. Our Uttarvahini Narmada parikrama starts at Rampura village and ends at Tilakwada. Narmada was born from the sweat of Lord Shiva while doing ‘Tandav’ dance. That is why Narmada is said to be the daughter of Lord Shiva. It is also said that, ‘Narmada ma jetla kankar etla badha j Shankar’ – ‘All pebbles in Narmada River are the form of Lord Shiva’.