10 Best Places to Visit in Ujjain, Mahakaleshwar, Mahakal
Ujjain is situated on the right bank of River Shipra. It is a veru holy city for the Hindus, a site for the treinnial Kumbh Mela. According to Hindu scriptures, it was originally called Avantika. There is an interesting tale behind the sanctity of the city. It’s origin is ascribed to the mythological legend of Sagar Manthan( churning of the primordial ocean to discover the pot of nectar). The story goes that after the nectar was discovered, there was a chase between the gods and the demons to have the nectar first and thus attain immortality. During this chase a drop of nectar spilled and fell on Ujjain, thus making the city sacred.
Apart from mythological legends, the city has a long and distinguished history. It was governed by the likes of Vikramaditya and Ashoka. Kalidas wrote his soul stirring poetry here.
Today Ujjain represents an interesting blend of an age old legacy and the modern day lifestyle.
Tourist Places to Visit in Ujjain are :-
Mahakaleswara Mahakal temple
This temple of Lord Shiva with its lingam is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is also known as the shrine of Mahakaleswara. The temple has as idol of Omkareshwara Shiva consecrated in the sanctum above the Mahakal Shrine. The temple also has images of Ganesh, Parvati, Kartikeya and Shiva’s Bull, Nandi. Top in the list of the tourist places to visit in Ujjain.
Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir
There is a sculpted image of Lord Ganes, in this temple, close to the tank near Mahakaleswara.
A temple considerable antiquity and a popular place of pilgrimage, the idol here is believed to be self formed.
According to legend, the caves on the banks of the river Shipra near Gadkalika Temple are where the great scholar-poet Bhartrihari lived and mediated. Top in the list of the tourist places to visit in Ujjain.
Another important shrine with the image of Goddess Annapurna.
The speciality of this temple in its intricate paintings in the Malwa style.
The stars and the skies seemed fascinating in the 17th century too. That would perhaps explain the number of observatory has a planetarium and a telescope. Top in the list of the tourist places to visit in Ujjain.
Vikram Kirti Mandir
This temple has the Scindia Oriental Research Institute, an archaeological museum and an art gallery. Actually, a cultural centre, it is dedicated to the memory of king Vikramaditya- the much honoured king of Ujjain. Top in the list of the tourist places to visit in Ujjain.
A sanctum inlaid with marble and silver plated doors constitute the main attraction of this temple.
The ruling planets have always had an important place in the Indian rituals and tradition. This temple is dedicated to the nine ruling planets (Navgraha means nine planet).It is located on the Triveni Ghats of the Shipra river. Top in the list of the tourist places to visit in Ujjain.
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