Located on the border of two of the largest states in northern India, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the peaceful village of Chitrakoot is one of the major pilgrimage sites of India . Nicknamed the "mini Varanasi" because of its numerous temples and ghats, Chitrakoot is present in several Hindu myths. It is here that the triad of Hindu Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva would incarnate .
According to the tales of the Ramayana ( one of the major writings of hindouism, it is also the place where Rama, prince of the kingdom of Ayodhya, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, spent 11 of the 14 years of exile.
Chitrakoot is now a place of constant pilgrimage. Believers come from all over India to purify themselves. Pilgrims flock by hundreds to Ram Ghat on the banks of the Mandakini river for a holy bath .