Ujjain is considered to be one of the seven sacred cities of Hindu's. With all the temples and sculptures situated here, one comes to this beautiful city to offer their prayers. One can also witness the ruined temples and historic structures. This city is famous for festivals like kumbh mela, shivratri and ardha kumbh. The history buffs can visit places like Bhartruhari caves, Kalideh Palace and much more. Gomti Kund is one place in the city which the nature lovers would not like to give a miss. The Chaubis Khamba Temple, Gopal Mandir, Kal Bhairav Temple, Ram Mandir and many more temples make this city a religious destination to visit.
Places To SeeBade Ganeshji Ka Mandir
The temple is considered amongst the most sacred in Ujjain. Hundreds of devotees come from faraway places every day for a glimpse of Lord Ganesha. The temple is set above the pond near the Mahakaleshwar temple. Sanskrit and astrology are also taught within the temple premises. Bhartihari Caves
These caves are situated on the banks of river Shipra. The caves are named after Bhartrihari, the elder brother of the legendary King Vikramaditya. The place became famous by the yogic practices of Bhartrihari who was one of the cult figures in the Natha sect. Even though the sculptures within the caves have mostly been destroyed there is a sense of peace and tranquility here which explains why saints in the days of yore would come here to meditate. Tip
: The caves are located deep underground and some people may have difficulty in breathing. Chintaman Ganesh Temple
The word chintaman means to relieve stress and this is why the temple attracts hordes of devotees every day – it is believed that a glimpse of Lord Ganesha’s idol within the temple would relieve them of their everyday worries. The River Shipra flows by the temple. Tip
: You can reach the temple by private cars, bus, auto rickshaws and even by train. Gopal Mandir
As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Also called Dwarikadhish Temple, it was built by Bayajibai Shinde in the 19th century. The temple is one of the finest examples of the Maratha architecture. The idol of the deity is almost 2 feet in height and is set in a marble-inlaid alter with silver-plated doors. It is believed that the silver plated doors were originally a part of the Somnath temple and were stolen by Mahmud Ghazi. They were later recovered and installed in Gopal Mandir. Tip
: The best time to visit the temple is during festivals, especially Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. The Kal Bhairav Temple
The temple stands testimony to the fine Hindu culture. It is associated with the cult of tantra. The Kal Bhairav is believed to be one of the fiercest manifestations of Lord Shiva. Sadhus with ash-smeared bodies can be seen around the temple premises. A shivlinga can also be seen under the Banyan tree within the temple. Durgadas Ki Chhatri
The monument commemorates Vir Durgadas, an important figure in the history of Rajputana. He is believed to have fought against the Moghuls after the death of Maharaja Jashwant Singh and helped Ajit Singh to ascend to the throne of Jodhpur. The monument represents the Rajput style of architecture. The Kaliadeh Palace
The palace was built by the Sultan of Mandu in the year 1458 A. D, on an island in River Shipra. It was destroyed during the reign of Pindaris but was restored to its original glory by Shri Madhav Rao Scindia in the year 1920. The palace has a great architectural value. The central hall represents one of the finest examples of the Persian architecture. Mahakaleshwar Temple
Situated near the banks of a lake, the temple has a broad courtyard and is surrounded by huge walls. There are five levels inside the temple, one of which is situated underground. The idol within the temple Mahakaleshwar faces south and is known as Dakshinamurti. The temple is regarded as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. A huge fair takes place in the temple premises on Mahashivaratri. Pir Matsyendranath
The site is named after the great Shaivite leader Matsyendranath belonging to the Natha sect. The site is highly revered by both Hindus and Muslims. Situated on the banks of the river Shipra, it is in the immediate vicinity of Bhartihari caves and the Gadkalika temple. Vikram Kirti Mandir
The temple complex also contains the Scindia Oriental Research Institute, an archaeological museum, an art gallery and an auditorium. The place was established as a cultural center. The museum displays an interesting collection of images, copper plates and fossils that were discovered in the Narmada Valley. The Scindia Oriental Research Institute houses rare manuscripts in Persian, Arabic and other Indian languages. Vedha Shala
The observatory was built by Maharaja Sawai Raj Jaisingh of Jaipur in 1719. In fact, Ujjain was one of the centers of astronomical studies in ancient India. Located on the south-eastern part of the town, the observatory consists of four monuments.