Ujjain – Testimony to India’s Initial Tryst with Religion and Urbanization
Very few cities enjoy the stature and fame like Ujjain does. Counted among the 7 holiest Hindu cities, 16 Mahajanapadas (cities of ancient India) and 4 privileged hosts of Kumbh Mela (the largest human gathering on the planet); the city served as the capital of Avanti Kingdom before being ruled by the Mauryas, Guptas, Delhi Sultanate, Mughals and Marathas. Located on the bank of holy River Kshipra, the city is a popular pilgrimage destination hosting numerous Hindu temples. Likemytrip.com organizes pilgrimage, history and cultural tours to Ujjain and offers complete guidance about the city.
Places to Visit
Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is located near a beautiful lake in Ujjain. Thes shikhar (spire) which boasts of spellbinding sculptures is the highlight of the structure. It is also a Shakti-Peetham because the upper lip of Goddess Sati fell here.
Other popular temples in and around Ujjain are those of Kaal Bhairava, Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Harsiddhi, Gadkalika, Mangalnath and Chintaman Ganesh. Kaliadeh Palace, Durgadas ki Chhatri monument, Bhartihari Caves and Vedha Shala (astronomical observatory) are other top attractions.
- Ujjain is among the 4 sites where the drops of amrit (holy nectar) fell during the power tussle between Suras and Asuras to acquire it. As a result, the city hosts the grand Kumbh Mela once every 12 years. It is considered auspicious to bathe in the holy river Kshipra on the occasion.
- The city is believed to be among the longest inhabited cities in the world and also a witness to the second wave of urbanization in India.
- Don’t miss the scrumptious street chaats like aaloo tikki chana, panipuri, dahi puri, bhelpuri and dahi vada and desserts like kulfi and rabadi.
- Bed linens of high quality are available at cheap prices. Other worthwhile shopping items include Noorjahan Mehndi (henna) and Jain Namkeen.
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