Ujjain is one of the famous city in India for tourists. This place holds special bonds with ancient religion and civilizations. Ujjain is also known as the “Temple city” in India. The main question anybody would ask is what makes this place so much special? well, the thing is my friend this is one of the twelve places where Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlingam is placed. Jyotirlingam is basically a shrine which represents the supreme Lord Shiva. This city also serves as a location for the Kumbh Mela, Which is the largest peaceful gathering of People. each of them is there to wash away their sins. If you are planning on to visit Ujjain the following is the list of Temples which you should definitely visit.
As I mentioned above this is one of twelve places where the Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlingam is present. If you are planning to visit Ujjain then you MUST visit this temple. You will be truly mesmerized with the experience you will get in this temple. The Jyotirlingam is said to be the part of Lord Shiva and most definitely you will feel the presence of something divine once you enter the temple. The temple is also famous for the Bhasma Aarti, In which the Linga or the Shrine is worshipped by performing special and specific rituals. Most of the tourists or devotees of Shiva visit this place just witness this Aarti. This temple is situated near the Rudra Sagar Lake. This deity of Shiva in form of Lingam is also known as Swayambhu. The idol of Mahakaleshwar is also said to be Dakshinmukhi which means he is fronting the south direction which really is a unique feature among the twelve Jyotirlingas. Along with that, the images of Lord Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are situated in the west, north and east of the temple. Whenever you are visiting this temple try to visit this place during the time of Bhasma Aarti as you want to get the most of your experience.
Kaal Bhairava Temple
Bhairava is believed to be the most fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. This temple is believed to be associated with the cult of Tantra of Hinduism. Hence you will be able to find many pilgrims and sadhu’s around this place. In this temple, the Shivalinga is enshrined under a Banyan tree and on the opposite is the Nandi the Bull. It is believed that the bull was given as a wedding gift to Shiva and Parvati by Parvati’s father Daksha. If you want to see this temple in its full glory then you should visit this temple during the Mahashivratri. This is the only temple where Liquor is shown to the Lord and the miracle is you will see it by your eyes how the Alcohol in the pot vanishes right in front of your eyes.
Chintaman Ganesh Temple
This temple is also placed on the banks of Shipra river on the Fatehabad railway line it is also one of the most visited places in the Ujjain. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ganesha in this Temple is a Swaymbhu (Born from itself). Devotees visit this temple through all the year as it is believed that the idol in this Temple is free from all the worldly anxieties.
Bade Ganesh Mandir
This temple is situated near the Tank of Mahakaleshwar Mandir. This temple is famous for the colossal statue of the elephant-headed God. In the centre of the temple, there is also an extraordinary statue of lord hanuman depicted with five faces which basically symbolizes courage, loyalty, devotion, strength, and righteousness. The temple is also famous for attaining the knowledge of Sanskrit and astrology.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is an excellent example of the Maratha Architecture. This is a must visit the temple in Ujjain which was built in the 19th century by Bayajibai Shinde. the door in the temple is the same door which was carried away by the Ghazni from the Somnath Temple. Mahadji Scindia retrieve that door and installed it in this temple. The shrine of the temple is located in the big market and also has a marble spired structure with almost a two feet tall statue placed on a marble inlaid altar and the with the doors are silver plated.
This temple is also very important as it is one of the Shaktipeethas. It is believed that the Goddess Parvati’s elbow fell here. The temple is really beautiful it has two unique pine shaped iron lamp stands both of the height of 15 feet. This red coloured temple is an excellent example of the Hindu Structure and shows the potency of Durga. Another main interesting thing about Harsiddhi temple is the Sri Yantra which is basically nine triangles. Each of the triangles represents each name of Durga. these yantras are symbolic of cosmos and are used for meditation. Each of these yantras is part of Shakti figuratively speaking. In the temple, you will also find the enshrined goddesses like the dark vermilion image of Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment, seated next to Mata Saraswati. etc.
Near this temple, you will also see Ram Ghat, which also serves as a main venue for the Kumbh Mela, People from all around the globe gather here to wash away their sins and to show their faith towards God. This Kumbh Mela happens after every twelve years on this place.
Chaubis Khamba Temple
The structure of this Temple is what mainly attracts the tourists most along with the religious significance. This whole temple almost dates back to ninth or tenth century. This temple is truly an architectural marvel. The majestic entrance gate of the Mahakala-Vana is truly a sight to see. two images of the goddess are built and placed on the both sides of gates. This temple is also a must see for its architecture.
Above mentioned are all the Ujjain famous temples. If you are ever planning to go to Ujjain then you must visit these temples. I would really recommend for everyone to at least once in their lifetime to visit this place and see how majestic it is. You will really feel connected to something divine and the way you look at life would definitely change. If you want to visit the Kumbh Mela I would suggest you not bring your child with you as there is always a possibility of a child getting lost, since the place is very much crowded. The Bhasma Aarti in the Ujjain Mahakal Mandir, The Alcohol Drinking Kaal Bhairava is truly a sight to see in the Ujjain. I really recommend you to visit this place.