A spiritual centre, the Devi Point is believed as the origin of the Chandrabhaga river which is the source of water supply to this region. Experience a fascinating view of the entire Chikhaldara town from this point as you immerse yourself in its spiritual history of the town…
The Origin Of Chandrabhaga River
The Devi Point Temple located opposite the Bari lake, gives a panoramic view of the Bhimkund in front. One may feel that it is like any other spiritual centre in India, but there is one thing distinct about it. The water flowing out of the crevices under the rock bed, which now serves as a cave temple.
The Chikhaldara town in itself has a very low water table and the town faces water crisis every year. The region experiences high water table during the rainy seasons, but for the rest of the year, it has to manage with the arid lands, often with the rain-water harvesting methods.
The entry of the centre leads downstairs to the main temple located in a compound. The compound also has a small tank, which holds the water constantly coming out of the rock crevices. A small foot bridge runs over the tank, leading to another point above the temple, In front, the Bhimkund valley with its splendid shades stands tall, challenging one and all to try to make up to the edge of the cliff.
The Potential of Devi Point As An Alternate Water Source
I was discussing it with the locals, about the origin of the water source at the temple. It is fascinating to see that despite an arid land with a low water table, this rock bed continues to drip water from inside the temple. The floor of the temple was completely wet and the water was continuously drizzling inside.
The locals further mentioned that during rainy seasons, the flow of water inside the cave under the rock bed increases. It appears that there is an underground water source here, which is supplying water through this rock bed.
It just crossed my mind that in such an arid land, conserving this source of water supply by creating a separate storage channel can create a potential water supply source for the region, and open up opportunities for irrigation.
The Bir Lake across the road is a great place for boating activities during the rainy seasons, but otherwise, in the seasons otherwise, most of the lake remains dry with little scope for boating activities.
Tips for the visitors
- Photography is not permitted inside the cave temple, however, you can photograph the premises outside.
- There are a lot of monkeys around the premises. Refrain from standing on the edges with anything in your hands or shoulders. They might just snatch from behind.
- Do not dump the plastic bags and waste in the water tank. It is our responsibility to conserve the natural surroundings.
- Do not try to feed the monkeys with plastic bags, disposable items and things that you won’t eat as human beings.