Ujjain is an ideal site for religious tourism in India. The city is home to a plethora of temples and places of worship. The Simhastha Kumbh Mela held after every 12 years enhances the city's importance as a tourist hub. Following are popular tourist places in Ujjain, visited by tourists throughout the year, most of which are of religious significance.
Places to See in Ujjain
When in Ujjain, Do not Miss!
The Mahakal Temple, the illustrious acclaimed Shiva temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
The Harsidhhi temple is one of the Shaktipeeths which are situated at 52 places in India.
Mahakaleshwar (Must see)
Mahakaleshwar or the Mahakal shrine is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The shrine is a famed and respected temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine houses a Shivling which is believed to be the sole Jyotirling which looks towards the south. Therefore, it is also called in the name Dakshinmukhi or the south looking ling. The Mahakaleswhar temple is the most famous and significant shrine of the city and a must see place when you travel to Ujjain.
Radha Madan Mohan Temple (must see)
Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan Temple has been established by the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). The shrine is regarded as a milestone of the Hare Krishna Campaign. The mandir is home to a guesthouse and eating place, and is a top draw for travelers.
Kal Bhairava (must see)
According to the Saivite culture, the veneration of the eight Bhairavas is an integral feature of the Hindu customs. The main among these Bhairavas is the Kal Bhairava, assumed to be constructed by the monarch Bhadresen, near the riverbanks of Shipra. This shrine has been cited in the Avanti Khanda of Skanda Purana.
Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir (must see)
Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir is located over the reservoir close to the Mahakaleshwar Mandir. The place of worship houses an enormous and aesthetic statue of Lord Ganesha, who is Lord Shiva's son. A statue of this dimension and exquisiteness is scarce to be seen.
Pir Matsyendranath (must see)
This place is a top tourist draw in Ujjain. Lying on the riverbanks of Shipra, the place is devoted to commemorate one of the saints of the Natha faction of the Saivites - Matsyendranath. The Gadkalika mandir and the Bhartrihari caves are just close by.
The Bhartrihari caves lie over the riverbanks of Shipra near the Gadkalika mandir. As cited in mythology, this is the area where Bhartrihari, assumed as the half-brother of Vikramaditya, stayed and engaged in spiritual contemplation once he gave up his material life.
Bhartrihari is regarded as an eminent intellectual and bard. The well-known literary creations include Vairagyashatak, Shringarshatak, and Nitishatak. All of them had the superb usage of the Sanskrit language.
The Chintaman Ganesh shrine is the largest historic place of worship dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is among popular tourist places in Ujjain.
The temple is famous for its magniloquent statue of the deity Wagheshwari and 'Sinh (lion) - Dwar (gate)'.
Durgadas Ki Chhatri
This memorial is dedicated to Vir Durgadas who played a key role in making the city of Jodhpur free. The entire monument has been built in Rajput pattern architecture.
Vedha Shala, also known as the Observatory, was a landmark construction by Raja Jai Singh the second, a monarch of the Rajput clan in the 18th century. It ranks among five such observation towers in the country and contains very old astronomical tools.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Museum
The famous museum is situated close to Chamunda tower, and houses a number of historic articles and mementos. As laid down by Hindu mythologies, it is also the area where Lord Krishna was taught with Sudama and Balarama under the guidance of Maharshi Sandipani. The Sandipani Ashram is a testament to this legend.
Vikram University, the second oldest university in Madhya Pradesh, was founded in 1957.
Last Updated on : 1/10/2013