Legend speaks of the story of how Bharat, the younger brother of Lord Rama, went after him to persuade the Lord to return back to Ayodhya and not go into exile. On his way to meet Lord Rama, Bharat collected water from all the holy rivers in order to anoint Lord Rama when they met. However, Lord Rama explained to Bharat why it was important for Bharat to return to Ayodhya and for himself to continue with his exile. Fulfilling his father’s wish was the duty of the son and Lord Rama could not shy away from his duty. He asked Bharat to ascend the throne of Ayodhya and rule the kingdom in his absence. Bharat refused to become the king and instead asked Lord Rama for his paduka (footware) that he would place on the throne and rule Ayodhya as a regent of Rama. Failing to convince Lord rama to return, Bharat had to make his way back to Ayodhya with the paduka that he wished from Lord Rama. Meeting Maharishi Atri on his way back, Bharat was advised to pour the water he had collected from the sacred rivers into a well.
About twenty kilometers from Chitrakoot, you come across a well called the Bharat Koop – the well into which Bharat poured the water collected from the sacred rivers. Devotees believe that pouring the water of this well on their heads will cleanse them of their sins. A temple dedicated to Lord Rama is built beside the well and is frequented by devotees and tourist alike.