Ujjain is one of the most ancient cities of India. It is considered to be one of the seven holy cities of the country. Not only is Ujjain home to one of the only 12 jyotirlingas, but it also hosts Kumbh Mela every 12 years. The Ujjain Kumbh Mela is also known as Ujjain Simhastha. Since it is hosted only once in every 12 years, millions of people visit Ujjain to take a dip in the holy Shipra river. Since most people visit this city in Madhya Pradesh for a religious and spiritual experience, here are 5 temples in Ujjain that you must definitely pay your respects at.

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1. Mahakaleashwar Temple

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The Mahakaleshwar Temple is home to one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India. This shivalinga is the only south facing self manifested jyotirlinga. There are Ganesha and Parvati temple located around the Shiva temple that you can visit too.

2. Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir

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Photograph courtesy: Youtube

The name of the temple is self explanatory about the fact that it is known for the size of the idol. The Ganesha idol is one of the biggest in India. The temple is located near the Mahakaleshwar Temple. Apart from having idols of both of Ganeha’s wives- Riddhi and Siddhi, the temple is also home to a five-faced (panchmukhi) Hanumana idol.

3. Chintaman Temple

The Chintaman temple is known for its self-manifested Ganesha idol. Locals believe that the Chintaman Ganesha has the power of relieving one of all difficulties and problems. Several people flock to this temple to offer prayers to pay their respects at the temple where they end up finding solutions for all their hardships.

4. Kal Bhairav Mandir

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Kal Bhairav is considered to be the fierce and angry manifestation of Shiva. This temple is one of the few Kal Bhairav temples there are in India. The unique feature of the idol at this temple is the fact that it drinks alcohol. There is no trace of where all the alcohol gets accumulated despite extensive archaeological research.

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5. Harisiddhi Temple

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The Harisiddhi temple was built in honor of the goddess named Harisiddhi. Over the years, it was rebuilt by the Marathas. It is also believed that the Harisiddhi temple is one of the 51 shaktipeetas. Legend has it that when Shiva was performing the tandava while carrying Sati’s burning body, Vishnu released his chakra which split her body to 51 parts. People believe that the goddess’s elbow fell in Ujjain, where this temple is built.

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