The place Ujjain is divine in itself; its old name is ‘Avantika’. This is the abode place of Lord Shiva, one of the biggest Jyotirlinga in amongst 12 Shiva-Jyotirlinga in India, Lord Shiva also known as the god of destruction. It is mentioned in many Hindu epics that, Lord Shiva had killed a demon here named ‘Tripur’.
It is hard to say on what time Mahakaleshwar Temple came in existence, though certainly there is evidence that articulates its archaic values. Famous King Ashoka’s Generals and top commanding officers were living here, those days the perception here of Buddha religion was on the pace. Ujjain happened to be the capital of Great Maharaja Vikramaditya, he was a very kind and brave King. Gupt dynasties came after Vikramaditya, and India parted in many regions after Gupt departed, Parmars ruled over Ujjain between 9th to 10th centuries, later they left for Dhar. In 1235 AD, Altamus, then the ruler of Delhi, seized Ujjain since then Muslims ruled over Ujjain for over 500 years. In 1750 AD, Sindhiyas occupied Ujjain, and the British came in a rule.
Best Time To Visit:-
Though one can visit this eternal place of Grand Lord Shiva, at any time throughout the year, as thousands of devotees come here every day, but during the festive time and that too in Grand-Night of Shiva called Maha-Shivaratri, which comes during February to March, brings a lofty numbers of visitors from around the globe, and so this can be the best time to explore the real divine charm of the city.
How to reach:-
There are many buses ply between Ujjain to Indore (55km), Gwalior (450km), Ahmadabad (400km) and Bhopal (183 km).
Ujjain doesn’t have its own Airport, Ahilya-Devi airport in Indore is the nearer one which is about 60 km from city Ujjain, this airport has wide domestic & international air connectivity; there are frequent flights for national capital Delhi, Mumbai & other major cities of India.
Places to visit near Ujjain:-
Indore is the largest metro city of Madhya Pradesh in Central India. It happened to be the administrative capital of Holkar dynasties, situated 55 km down-south to the Ujjain. One can visit some famous places in Indore like Rajwada, Lal Bagh Palace, Kanch Mandir, Chhatris, Central Museum, Kamla Nehru Zoo, Gandhi Hall & much more.
It is another must see a place for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The island is also known as Mandhata Omkareshwar or Shivapuri. Omkareshwar is located in Khandwa district on the southeastern Madhya Pradesh, 140 km far from Ujjain, via Indore. River-side temples and boat-ride are the main tourist attractions in Omkareshwar.
Maheshwar: It is yet another Hindu pilgrimage destination on the bank of the holy Narmada river, about 150kms in the south of Mahakal temple. Here one can visit Maheshwar fort and river-side temples. In addition to this, visitor can also enjoy the boat ride in the Narmada river.
Mandu City is located in Dhar District in the western region of Madhya Pradesh in India, about 160 km from Ujjain. A complete nature paradise, surrounded by historical places, there is much more see in Mandu.
Bagh Caves: These caves are made out of rock dove, and used as the residence and for the meditation by the Buddhist monks. These caves have paintings which are corresponded with the Ajanta caves situated in Aurangabad, about 180 km from Ujjain.
It is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh state, about 180kms east of Ujjain town. All major administrative head-offices are located here along with many other local tourist attractions like boating in lakes, Van Vihar, Museums, etc. In addition to this 02 World Heritage sites: Sanchi & Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are also in surrounding to Bhopal city.
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