Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Also popularly known as ‘Avantika’, Ujjain is one of the sacred cities of Hindu Pilgrimage. It is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. The most fascinating fact about Ujjain is that it is a true symbol of magnificent Hindu rituals, exotic culture which gives you glimpses of the resplendent glorious past. Ujjain is an ancient city located on the waterside of the Shipra River. The marvellous ‘Kumbh Mela’, the greatest Religious Fair is very popular among the believers. It is held once in every 12 years in Chaitra here. It is believed that a dip in the river, at the time of Kumbh Mela can open up the doors of heaven after death. Ujjain is divine and auspicious, due to one of the twelve Jyotirlingas present at this place. Ujjain’s spiritual charm is undeniable.
Location: It is located on the banks of river Shipra, about 56 kms from Indore
Climate: Summer season is very hot and ferocious, while winter season is mild cold.
Wear light cottons in summers and heavy woollens in winters.
Best time to visit: October-March
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport (55 kms)
By Train: Nearest Railhead is Ujjain Junction (1.3 kms)
By Road: Volvo coaches and public transport are easily available
Places of interest
Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple
Location: 2.4 kms from the city
Timings: Open all days from 4.00 a.m.- 11.00 p.m.
This temple is known for the ‘Linga of Mahakaleshwara’, which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The Temple is built in five levels, in decreasing order. The grand courtyard of the Temple is very spacious. It is believed that the shrine of Lord Shiva in the Temple had formed on its own. The walls of the Temple are beautifully decorated with exquisite inscriptions, unique sculptures and outstanding motifs. You will be intrigued to see the roof of the Temple as it is decorated with more than 100 kg silver.
The procedure of doing worship in this Temple is different from other temples because of the ‘Bhasam Aarti’ which is done with ash. The Temple is also famous as one of the top ten Tantra Temples of India.
Chintaman Ganesh Mandir
Location: 6.9 kms from the city
Timings: Open all days from 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
This exotic Temple is the most visited and devotional Temple among Hindus. People come here to worship and get the blessings of Lord Ganesha. The meaning of the word ‘Chintaman’ is ‘Remover of all worries and tensions’. It is believed that your worries will vanish in the divine atmosphere of this place.
Legend says that the idol of Lord Ganesh, which is enshrined here, is ‘Swayambhu’ which means ‘Born of itself’. The pillars in the Assembly Hall of the Temple are exclusive because of their artistic carvings. Lots of devotees come here to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi here, which is the main festival of Lord Ganesha and also on Wednesday, which is the day of Lord Ganesha.
Location: 4.4 kms from the city
Best month to visit: September to March
Shri Ram Ghat is situated near Harsiddhi Temple at the Shore of Shipra River. This holy river is a divine place of sanctity and purity. Huge number of devotees came here to take bath at the time of ‘Kumbh Mela’, which is organised after every 12 years. You will be intrigued to see various tortoises in the river. It is believed that one gets Moksha after taking bath in the sacred water of this river. Legend says that ‘Pind daan’ of Raja Dashrath was done in Shipra River by Lord Ram.
This oldest bathing ghat of Ujjain is also renowned for its angelic ‘Aarti’
Vikram Kirti Mandir
Location: 2.2 kms from the city
Timings: Open all days from 5.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.
Vikram Kirti Mandir is a magnificent museum, which was established in 1965 in the memory of ‘Vikramaditya’. This museum contains a Scientific Oriental Research Institute, an Archaeological Museum, an Art Gallery and an Auditorium. The Research Institute has 18,000 manuscripts, with a reference library of vital oriental publications. Each place of the Museum will lead to a splendid era of ancient times.
This is the place where you can see an illustrated manuscript of ‘Srimad Bhagwat Gita’.
Visitors can see exclusive collection of Rajput and Mughal paintings and rare bark leaf and palm leaf manuscripts, exclusive collection of coins, inscriptions and sculptures.
Location: 2.2 kms from the city
Timings: Open all days from 8.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Ved shala is also known as ‘Jantar Mantar’, which was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, in 1725. This observatory contains 13 architectural astronomy instruments. This is a scientific observatory which was made to study about the local time, motion, speed, properties of stars and planets and measuring the declination of the Sun. You can explore a number of scientific instruments installed in this Ved Shala like Sun Dial, Nadi Valay Yantra, Transit instrument and Digyansha Yantra. It also has a telescope and a planetarium.
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