Stationed roughly 650 kilometers from the state’s capital, in Uttar Pradesh, the city is a blend of fine work in carpet making, mud and clay pots and toys and brassware with attractive serene views for the tourists. Besides being surrounded by several hills, it even headquarters the Mirzapur district. It is also prominent for the holy shrine Vindhyachal, Ashtbhuja and Kali Khoh and is also known for Devrahwa Baba Ashram. Mirzapur is also flaunted many natural spots and waterfalls. It has once been the largest district in Uttar Pradesh before the split with Sonebhadra.
1. Vindhyavasini Devi Temple
This is one of the most cherished Shakti Peeths of India. The Vindhyavasini Devi is also known as Kajala Devi. The temple attracts a huge number of crowds especially during Navratri in Hindu months of Chaitra and Ashwin. During this time a lot of devotees visit the temple during the marriage season. It is seen as auspicious to wed a couple under the watchful eye of Durga. In India, the union of Shiva Parvati is given a lot of importance. They are seen as the perfect couple who at times cannot even be worshipped separately. This is fact is evident from the worship of Ardhanarishiva, that is the amalgamation of Shiva and Parvati.
2. Ashtabhuji Devi Temple
Located on the top of the Vindhya ranges, this temple also holds a historical significance. This temple is situated inside a cave and has been dedicated to the Ashtabhuji Devi who is also is the exemplification of Goddess Parvati. The temple neighbours Vindhyavasini Devi Temple and is easy to reach from Mirzapur.
3. Wyndham Falls
Wyndham Falls is among the most well-received picnic spots situated in proximity to Mirzapur. The gushing waterfall flowing down the rocky steps. The waterfall is named after the British collector Wyndham. This water stream is also dotted by a popular vantage point nearby which also exhibits bird view of valleys. From the top, it looks as if the whole valley is painted in shades of green. The blue of the sky seems to add to the pallet. Besides this, there is a small zoo and children’s park in propinquity that adds to the beauty of picnic spot. The picnic spot is often frequented by the locals and thus on weekend you may find the place heavily crowded. Though even the heavy crowd does not in any way reduce the beauty and charm of this place.
4. Chunar Fort
This place throws light on the historical significance. Chunar Fort is a must visit for all the history buffs. Besides being well maintained, it also has clean premises. The fort accords a mesmerizing view of river Ganges. The rapid river flows behind the palace. The trickling sound of the river meandering its way through can be heard in some parts. It is one of the oldest forts in India and what adds more to it are the stories associated to the fort narrated by the locals. What is also definitely not a miss out is the British cemetery below the walls. It is a magnificent example of ancient architecture.
5. Kalikoh Temple
Kalhikoh Temple is a renowned Mahakali temple. It is located in the Vindhya mountain range. Situated at the hill point, it has an idol of Goddess Kali. Besides being a Hindu pilgrimage it also gives a calm, composed, serene eyeshot as it is located between small streams and thick, lush woods.
It is not just a place of astute devotion but also of serene beauty. The green valleys, cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers, all this makes the place a delight for a nature lover. The many temples venerating the goddess are said to fulfil any wishes. Mirzapur shows the perfect confluence of religious heritage and natural splendor.