Vindhyachal is an important attraction around
Varanasi. Vindhyachal is one of most important Shaktipeeths. It is
believed that Goddess Durga had established herself here after having
killed the demon king Mahishasura. Thus, Goddess Durga is also known by
the name of Vindhyavasini in this area. In the latter years, the goddess
had also defeated Shumbha and Nishumbha. Apart from its Mythological
relevance, Vindhyachal is known for its beautiful natural surroundings.
Sitakund is one of the popular attractions at Vindhyachal. It is said
that when Sri Ram, Sita and Lakshman were returning home after their
exile, Sita became very thirsty at this place. Since water was not
easily available, Lakshman pierced an arrow and immediately a fountain
of water came out. In memory of Ram, Sita and Lakshman and Goddess Durga
a temple was constructed. One can quench his/her thirst here at the
Sitakund. After climbing 48 steps to the Sita Kund the track leads to
another low hillock, where the Ashtabhuja Temple is situated.
Near to the Ashtabhuja temple, there is another cave temple with a
narrow path. The cave roof is so low that one has to bow down to have a
glimpse of the subterranean Goddess Kali. Besides these temples there
are many more temples at Vindhyachal. There are also the Brahmakund and
Agastyakund whose waters are very sacred and it is believed that bathing
in these water can relieve one of his/her sins. Besides, there is also
an Ashram of Anandamayee Ma.