Things to Do in Ujjain

Ujjain, considered to be one of the holiest cities of India, is an ancient city situated on the eastern bank of the Shipra River in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain is one of the four sites (Read More) for the Kumbh Mela, the largest peace-time gathering on the planet that attracts 100 million people to the festival.

Here is the list of 14 Things to Do in Ujjain

1. The Holy Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

The Holy Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga
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Mahakaleshwar Temple, located in the ancient city of Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mahakal lingam at this temple is believed to be Swayambhu (self-manifested), obtaining currents of Shakti (power) from within itself.

2. Kal Bhairava Temple

Kal Bhairava Temple
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Bhairav is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, and Kal Bhairava is the most important among the eight Bhairavas. If ancient scriptures are to be believed, Kal Bhairav temple is said to be related with the Tantra cult, a secret religious sect who thrived upon black magic.

3. Kumbh Mela - Mass Pilgrimage

Kumbh Mela - Mass Pilgrimage
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The Kumbh Mela is one of the most extraordinary human gatherings on the planet. Held in India, the fair commemorates the legendary Samudra Manthan event in Hindu Mythology. The fair takes place only once in every twelve years for twelve days which are equivalent to the twelve years of the Hindu gods in the mortal world.

4. Take a Dip on Ram Mandir Ghat

Take a Dip on Ram Mandir Ghat
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Ram Mandir Ghat is of immense religious significance to Hindus because it is one of the four locations where the Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years. It is considered to be one of the oldest bathing Ghat in connection with the Kumbh celebrations.

5. Pray at Harsiddhi Temple

Pray at Harsiddhi Temple
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The Harsiddhi Temple boasts of an idol of Annapurna painted in dark red colour between the idols of Mahasaraswati and Mahalaxmi.

6. Historical Kaliadeh Palace

Historical Kaliadeh Palace
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Situated on an island based in the Shipra River, this Palace holds immense religious significance. It was constructed in 1458 AD. The Palace is flanked on both sides by the waters of the rivers and the technical aptitude of the predecessors can be seen in the man-made tanks and channels.

7. Temple Hopping in Ujjain

Temple Hopping in Ujjain

Ujjain an important place of Hindu Pilgrimage. To add to that, it is also home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the god Shiva. The immense wealth of Ujjain in terms of religion, architecture, and educational value makes this is a top attraction.

8. ISKCON Ujjain Temple

ISKCON Ujjain Temple

The beauty of the majestic white marble building of ISKCON in Ujjain is truly a sight for sore eyes. The impeccably sculpted marble idols of Radha Madhana Mohan, Sri Krishna and Balram and Sri Gauri Nitai dressed in vibrantly coloured dresses and beautiful jewellery will definitely lift your spirits.

9. Explore Pir Matsyendranath

Explore Pir Matsyendranath
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Unlike the other architectural marvels in Ujjain and MP as a whole, Pir Matsyendranath is not a monument that is going to be eye-catchy. It was constructed in remembrance of the greatest leaders of the Natha sect of Saivism-Matsyendranath, very much like all the other monuments.

10. Jantar Mantar Observatory

Jantar Mantar Observatory
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The architectural marvel Jantar Mantar (also called the Vedh Shala Observatory), established in the 17th century is the oldest to be constructed among the group of five observatories ( Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura, and Varanasi). Maharaja Jai Singh took onto its construction in 1719 to help the Hindu scholars and astrologers with their research and studies.

11. Tour the Bhartrihari Caves

Tour the Bhartrihari Caves
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Legend has it that this is the very place where Bhartrihari, the step brother of Vikramaditya and a very renowned poet used to live and meditate after relinquishing all the luxuries of life.

12. Celebrate Festivals in Kalidasa Academy

Celebrate Festivals in Kalidasa Academy

Spanning over a whopping 3374 hectares, the Kalidasa Academy in Ujjain has helped hundreds of students get in touch with the world's first language- Sanskrit. Right from translating ancient Sanskrit scripts to the authentic reconstruction and production of Kalidasa's poems, this academy does it all. Many fun-filled and vivacious festivals are celebrated here.

13. Vikram University and Park

Vikram University and Park
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A noteworthy institute of Ujjain is the Vikram University, a popular centre of learning in the city. The University, located on Dewas Road, was established in the year 1957. It plays a major role in promoting the literary and cultural activities of the city.

14. Water Parks for a Fun Day-out

Water Parks for a Fun Day-out

The water parks in Ujjain are the most perfect way for the people to spend some quality time outside with friends, family and loved ones. The water parks in Ujjain offer umpteen number of thrilling water rides, adventure activities and games for an exciting day out.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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