The region where Ujjain is situated known as Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain city is located at the eastern bank of the Kshipra River. Initially, the city was known as Ujjayini. As per Mahabharata, Ujjayani was the capital of the Avanti Kingdom. Ujjain has a large number of Tourist Destinations. It is the abode of one of the twelve shrines of Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and therefore regarded as a sacred city of the Hindus. Once in twelve years, Kumbha Mela is held here which is known as Simhastha.
There are 12 jyotirlingas in India, and one of the jyotirlingas i.e. the lingam at the Mahakal is in Ujjain. It is believed to be that this jyotirlinga is swayambhu that means born of itself and deriving currents of power (shakti) from within itself as against the other lingams and images which are ritually established with mantra-shakti.
Must Visit Places in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
The tribal people’s make handicrafts and that is sold in the markets of Ujjain. Ujjain is a unique shopping destination for people who always take interest in collecting tribal metal wares, bamboo articles, pottery etc.
Ujjain is in the holiest cities of India. Some of the notable sacred places in the city include:
The Best time to spend some days in Ujjain is during winters or spring, that is from October till March.
There are so many things to explore in this city as it is a mesmerizing city with a lot of devotion and faith. Here is some brief information about must visiting places in Ujjain city.
The temple of Mangalnath is accessible through a winding road and located away from the main city. You can view the vast expanse of the Shipra River from here. In the Matsya Purana, it is mentioned that Mangalnath is the birthplace of mars. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Ujjain is most famous for the Mahakaleshwar Temple and in the must visiting places of Ujjain. This temple is located close to the Rudra Sagar lake and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is also the most important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva because it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is supposed it’s one of the places where Lord Shiva is to reside. Parvati Ganesha and Kartikeya’s images also can be seen on the walls here.
Kal Bhairav Temple
Many sadhus come here to practice their Tantrik meditation because people say that this temple is linked with a ‘Tantrik’ cult in Hinduism. You will see here a Shivalinga under a Banyan tree which is just opposite Nandi-the Bull. It is said that King Daksha was going to present this bull here. This is the reason behind the popularity of this temple for Hindus. Mahashivratri is the main festival celebrated here and a large number of people and activity happens here on that day. This is in one of the best visiting places in Ujjain.
Marathas decided to rebuild it, therefore, a lot of Maratha influence can be seen here easily. Before this, it was in ruins. According to the Shashtra’s Goddess, Parvati’s elbow fell here that’s why this temple is also believed to be one of the Shaktipeethas. This holds a place in the best places to visit in Ujjain. The unique part of the temple which attracts visitors here is that it’s painted entirely in red. Goddess Annapurna’s idol is also here between idols of Mahasaraswati and Mahalaxmi.
As its name says it all, the government was set up his academy in the memory of the great poet ‘Kalidasa’. This academy includes a multi-disciplinary institution. Here one can research Sanskrit, different cultural arts, and traditional arts as well. The academy is very popular and holds many halls for dance, music, a mini stage for rehearsals and also a large open theatre as well. Except for the temples, it’s one of the best places to visit in Ujjain.
There are 5 observatories in the country and this Ved Shala is the oldest among them which was established in the 17th Century by Raja Jai Singh. This amazing structure has served as a research center since ancient times and now is the symbol of great diligence. Apparently, we all know that the Tropic of Cancer passes through Ujjain. The notable thing about this observatory is that it is still used actively. When you visit here, you will find a telescope and planetarium used to observe the satellites and stars.
Chintaman Ganesh Temple
Chintaman Ganesh temple is situated on the Fatehabad railway line and it is also close to the Shipra river. This is in one of the oldest temples in Ujjain. A large Ganesh idol can be seen here, which is very much celebrated and devotees have a lot of faith towards it. It has huge religious significance as it is supposed that the large idol to be born itself.
Gopal is one of the names of Lord Krishna, therefore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna located in the midst of a busy market. Gopal Mandir was built in the 19th Century and a great example of Maratha architecture. This is a marble-spired structure with silver plated doors. This is in the best tourist places in Ujjain. Don’t miss to visit here.
This holds an important place in Ujjain because one of the sites of Kumbh Mela is here. The most famous Kumbh Fair is held in every 12 years in India. Devotees come here to take a dip in the water in the usual days. In the days of the Kumbh Fair, millions of people flock here.