Itis said that if you attempt to visit every single temple in Ujjain, you will have to spend more than a month roaming around the city. The city of Lord Shiva’s Mahakal avatar is a peaceful place with many mysteries and enigmas tied to the many temples around. Every twelve years, the fest of Sinhast is held at Ujjain, which is attended by approximately fifty million people.
Ujjain is also the place where god Shri Krishna did his education in the Gurukul of Sandhipani Asram which standstill this date. There is a saying that there can only be one king in Ujjain, and that is Lord Mahakal. Even the king of Ujjain Vikramaditya didn’t sit on his throne. Such is the devotion of lord shiva.
When you are visiting Ujjain, the first place to be is the Mahakal temple aka Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga, which means that these are the places where Lord Shiva came into view as a fiery column of light. The Jyotirlingas are endless pillars of light which will be worshipped till the end of time.
The river Shipra is considered as the symbol of purity and clarity. The Ram and Dutt ghat (banks) of Shipra in Ujjain is home to hundreds of shrines. The most intriguing shrine I found was the submerged temple of Shipra Mata. The priests have to walk in the water to pray to the deity. The peaceful easy feeling the banks of Shipra can only be experienced, not explained.
The ISKON temple of Ujjain is a work of art and architecture. The painted ceilings, the crystal white marble, and the adorned idols of God Krishna and Radha are a sight to fall in love with. True devotees of Krishna sing mellifluous songs which creates an atmosphere of unity.