Saturday, September 08, 2007

My Ujjain Trip

Last weekend I visited Ujjain. Ujjain is situated at the banks of Holy river Shipra. Ujjain is a district of state Madhya Pradesh (MP) in India. It has special geographical position. It lies at the tropic of cancer.

Ujjain is a historical place. It was rued by many great kings like Ashoka and Vikrmaditya. Ujjain is a place of spritual importance for Hindus. Its ancient name is 'Avantika'. It is also called NabhiDesh (central kingdom). It is the workplace of great astrologers like Aryabhatta and Varahmihir. Lord Krishna completed His schooling from the ashram of Maharshi Sandipani. Sandipani Ashram is still there in Ujjain.

The main places to visit at Ujjain are:

  • Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple
  • Shri Chintaman Ganesh Temple
  • Shri Sidhvat
  • Observatory
  • Shipra River
  • Navgrah Temple
  • Gopal Temple
  • Kal Bhairav Temple
  • Mangalnath Temple
  • Shri Harsidhdhi Devi Temple
  • Bharthari Caves
  • Sandipani Ashram

Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple

Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple is the largest temple of Ujjain. It the main place of attraction. It is third of 12 Jyotirlingas. It is believed to be Swayambhu (born of itself), deriving currents of power(shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with the mantra-shakti. This temple is south-facing. The images of Ganesh,Parvati and Karttikeya are installed in the west north and east of the sanctum sanctorum.To the south is the image of Nandi.

Chintaman Ganesh

This Temple is built across the Shipra on the Fatehabad railway line. The Ganesh idol enshrined here is supposed to be Swayambhu-born of itself. The temple itself believed to be consorts of Ganesh, are seated on either side of Ganesh. The artistcally carved pillars in the assembly hall date back to the paramara period. Worshippers throng to this temple because the deity here is traditionally known as Chintaharan Ganesh meanining the 'assurer of freedom from worldly anxities'.

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