Located on the banks of the Mandakini, the cave which houses the Sphatik Shila is considered a sacred place by devotees. Set amidst green surroundings and eye catching natural beauty, Sphatik Shila is a flat boulder that derives its name from its crystalline surface. The word Sphatik Shila in fact means Crystal rock in Sanskrit.
According to legend, Lord Rama rested on this boulder along with his wife Sita. As they sat on the boulder, Jayant, the son of Lord Indra, in order to test Lord Rama’s devotion, transformed himself into a crow and pecked Sita. Lord Rama in turn expunged Jayant’s eyes and took care of Sita while nursing her wound. The Sphatik Shila represents this love between Lord Rama and Sita. A set of footprints on the surface of the boulder is claimed to be that of Lord Rama. Devotees climb the boulder in order to see and supplicate themselves in front of the footprints of the Lord.
The natural beauty of the surroundings attracts many visitors to this place along with the hundreds of devotees, making this a vibrant yet serene destination to visit. The entire area of Chitrakoot abounds with places associated with legends and stories relating to Lord Rama and Sita making it one of the important pilgrimage stops in the country.