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Saatpeepli Ghat in Narmada Parikrama

Excerpts from the book of Vivek ji: Narmada Parikrama -Walking the 3,000 kilometres of sacred Riverbanks of holy Narmada


 Saatpeepli Ghat in Narmada Parikrama
Narmada Maiya

The sacred site of Saatpeepli Ghat lies beyond the boundaries of Bhattayan, as chronicled in the revered Reva Khanda. According to legend, a saint once embarked on a strenuous period of penance at this very site. The culmination of this spiritual endeavour was a magnificent yagya ceremony, the remnants of which were purportedly visible as recently as the 1970s. The story of this place goes to the time when on one occasion, a Brahmin came forward to him with a solemn admission of a serious error. The Brahmin voiced his apprehension that he would never attain absolution for his transgression. With a solemn nod, the Rishi extended a peepal branch to him and imparted a crucial instruction. He was to embark on a journey across the length and breadth of the nation, immersing himself in water and submerging the branch alongside.Wherever the branch yields its seven shoots, it is there that you must embark on your tapasya, and by doing so, you shall attain absolution from your transgressions.


The Brahmin traversed the length and breadth of the country, yet the shoots from the peepal branch eluded him. He eventually arrived at this ghat where he immersed himself in the water and then Peepal branch too, to his amazement, seven shoots emerged. It was then that the Brahmin realised that he had reached the place where he must undertake the inner work and tapasya. He planted the seven shoots, which grew into seven trees, and the ghat was henceforth known as Saatpeepli Ghat.


Excerpts from the book of Vivek ji: Narmada Parikrama -Walking the 3,000 kilometres of sacred Riverbanks of holy Narmada

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