Ujjain is an ancient city as well as one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus, it is located on the banks of Shipra River in Madhya Pradesh. The city is also the venue for Kumbh Mela also known as the Simhastha Mela, held every 12 years.
The temple town is located on the banks of the Shipra River and was known as Ujjayini in ancient times. It is mentioned in Hindu epic Mahabharat, as the capital city of Avanti Kingdom. It is believed that two parts of the Skanda Purana were composed in the city.
The origin of Ujjain is connected to Sagar Manthan or (Churning of the ocean of milk) episode in Hindu mythology. Gods and the demons churned the ocean to collect Amrit which would grant immortality. While fleeing with the pot ofAmrit, four drops fell at four different places. Besides Ujjai, Allahabad, Haridwar and Nashik are the places whereAmrit fell. The Shipra River is also said to have originated as a result of the Sagar Manthan.
The Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirling shrines of Lord Shiva is in Ujjain. Lord Krishna received education along with Balaram and Sudama from Maharishi Sandipani here in Ujjain.
Ujjain is a mix of the old and the new. The city’s heritage co-exists with the modern buildings.
Ujjain is the venue for many significant religious events like the Kumbh Mela. The festival celebrated every 12 years, witnesses the participation of devotees from across the globe.
In and Around
Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple
Mahakaleshwar temple is the most famous temple of Lord Shiva in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Mahakaleshawar temple is famous for Mahakaleshawar Jyotirling, it is one of the most famous jyotirling among all the 12.
Bade Ganesha Temple
Bade Ganeshji Temple is one of the famous temples of Ujjain. It is known by the name Bade Ganeshji because in temple there is a big artistic idol of Ganeshji in the temple. It feels really great to have a vision of Lord Ganesha. It is approximately 1 km from Ujjain railway station and it is a few steps away from the Mahakaleshwar temple.
Harshiddhi Mataji Temple
Harsiddhi Temple is one of the most famous shakti peeth among all the shakti peeths of our country. It is located in Ujjain near Shipra River. The idol of Mata Harshiddhi is wonderful and beautiful.
Char Dham Temple
Ujjain is famous for its temples and unique places. One of the most beautiful temples of Ujjain is Char Dham Temple. The reason of its popularity is that, it is a place where you can feel of visiting all the four Chardhams – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is located behind the Mahakaleshwar temple.
Sandipani Ashram is the most ancient and one of the popular ashrams of Ujjain. It is named after the great Saint or Maharishi Sandipani. Maharishi Sandipani was the Guru of Lord Shri Krishna, Balram and Sudama.
Mangal Nath Temple is one of the famous temples of Ujjain. According to the ancient records it is believed that it is place of birth of the planet Mars. Mangalnath Temple has a vital importance in terms of Jyotish as meridian passes through the city of Ujjain. Mangalnath Temple is also famous for the bhaat (rice)pooja .
Kal Bhairav Temple
Ujjain is the city of miracles, every day a new miracle happens here. Kal Bhairava Temple is the temple of Lord Bhairava situated in Bhairavagarh of Ujjain and gives a sense of peace after visiting. It is 8 km away from the main city.
Gadkalika Mataji Temple
Another Shakti Peeth in Ujjain city is Gadkalika Temple. In Gadkalika Temple, Mata Kalika is worshiped and it is believed that the upper lip of Devi Sati was fallen at that place. It is located 2 miles away from the city.
The Bhartrihari Caves named after the step brother Raja Vikramaditya. These caves are located near the holy river Shipra. Bhartrihari lived his lavish life of Mahal and charge himself as hermit because of the conflicts in his family life. He had written Shringarshataka, Vairagyashataka, and Nitishataka there in these caves.
Ujjain is a dominant part of Madhya Pradesh. The city far beyond being a pilgrim spot, it has been magnetizing its visitors through its worldly charms as well. Best time to visit Ujjain is during winters or spring, i.e. October till March.
How to Reach
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore caters to domestic flights and is well connected to Bhopal, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Raipur and Srinagar. The airport is about 57 km away and there are many options like cabs, buses and private vehicles to reach the airport.
Ujjain railway station is just over one km from the city centre. It is connected to several cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. There are rickshaws, buses and taxis available to reach the city.
The developed roads of Ujjain smoothly connect many neighbouring places. Buses ply a regular services to the visitors and also affordable to ones pocket.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Hotel Mittal Avenue
Nanakheda Ring Road,
Near Madhav Club,
Ujjain 456001, India
Where to Eat
Ujjain is a treat for vegetarians with Kashmiri, Punjabi, North Indian and many other types of Indian cuisine easily available. Chinese cuisine is also available. Non-vegetarian cuisine is available in a few restaurants on University Road.
50, Amar Singh Marg
Freeganj, Ujjain 456010,
Adjoining Mahak Temple
282/1, Prakash Nagar,
Near Old Over Bridge,
Ingoria Road, Nagda,