his Highlands of Central India Captain J. Forsyth speaks eloquently
about the infinitely varied beauty of the rocks: "the eye never
wearies of the ... effect produced by the broken and reflected
sunlight, now glancing from a pinnacle of snow-white marble reared
against the deep blue of the sky as from a point of silver, touching
here and there with bright lights the prominence of the middle
heights and again losing itself in the soft bluish grays of their
recesses. . .
Here and there the white saccharine limestone is seamed by veins of
dark green or black volcanic rock; a contrast which only enhances
like a setting of jet, the purity of the surrounding marble."
Soaring in glittering splendour, the Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat rise
to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The serene
loveliness of the scene is one of cool quiet, the sunlight sparkling
on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the
pellucid waters. These white rocks with views of black and dark
green volcanic seams are truly majestic, and produce a magical
effect on moonlit nights.
The holy river flows by tranquilly flanked by the towering cliffs
which reflect in it like a mirror the changing moods of nature. A
little distance away, it becomes turbulent as it plunges in a mighty
water fall known as Dhuandhar.
Boating facilities are available from November to May and while
boating by moonlight is a thrilling experience, the Marble Rocks
have recently been floodlit, adding a new dimension to their
The Narmada, making its way through the marble rocks, narrows down
and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade.
So powerful is the plunge that its roar is heard from a far
distance. The falls and the breaking of the volume of water at the
crest present an awesome spectacle of Nature's power unleashed.
The soapstone revealed by the Narmada provides occupation to
families of carvers of gods and goddesses, lingas, crosses, madonnas,
ashtrays and trinket boxes