June 14, 2016 by
As quoted by Ernst Holmes, “Spirituality is natural goodness. God is not a person; god is a presence personified in us. Spirituality is not a thing; it is the atmosphere of God’s presence, goodness, truth and beauty.”
This heavenly feeling and presence of the Almighty is undoubtedly felt in the pure and divine air of Ujjain city which is located on the eastern banks of Kshipra river in Madhya Pradesh State of India.
According to Hindu mythology, it is considered among one of the seven holy cities which are commonly known as “Sapta Puri.” Tropic of Cancer passes right through this sacred city. It is also said that the Primary Greenwich or Prime meridian also passed through the centre of Ujjain in earlier days.
It has also got a rich historical background and a strong connection with the history of ancient India as it has been ruled by Chandragupta II.
Many Hindu devotees visit this famous pilgrim and offer prayers in holy fares and take dip in the sacred waters of Kshipra river to attain moksha.
We can easily visit the famous pilgrim by air, by train or by bus.
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore, 55 kilometres from Ujjain, is well connected with major domestic cities- Bhopal, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahemdabad, Kolkata, etc.
Raja Bhoj Airport is 172 kilometres from Ujjain and has regular filghts connecting metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
The distance of 55kms from Indore Airport and 172kms from Bhopal Airport can be covered using cabs like Ola and Uber which are easily available at lower costs. Other options include buses and private vehicles.
Ujjain Railway station, a major junction of Western Railway Zone, is just 1 km from the city’s centre. It is connected to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, etc. There are plenty of rickshaws, buses and taxis available to reach and travel within the city.
Tickets for the train can be booked online through the website irctc.co.in
Well-developed roads of Ujjain smoothly connects many neighbouring places. AC and non-AC buses, taxis ply a regular service to visitors and that too, at affordable price. Meru cabs and Ola cabs are some preferred taxi services. Other cabs or buses can be booked through following websites- starcabservices.com, taxiindore.com, charteredbus.in, redbus.com.
There are many hotels nearby railway stations and bus stands that provide comfortable accommodations at cheap cost. Some suggestible ones include Rudraksh Club & Resort, Hotel Park Palace, Hotel Grand Tower, Hotel Atharva.
If we are running on a budget and our pockets aren’t too deep then we can go for Hotel Samay or Hotel Pleasure Landmark.
While travelling and visiting different places, one definitely expects and needs good quality food that can satisfy one’s taste buds.
Such delicious and hygienic meals are available in Shree Ganga Restaurant at a reasonable price. Plus, it is located in the centre of the city(freeganj area).
The famous typical food includes “Daal-Baati-Churma.”
Craving for fast food?! Then one can go for Dominos and Pizza Hut as well at Cosmos mall. We can also have fun at PVR Cinemas and the fun-gaming zone in the same mall.
Best time to visit the city is between September and march. Also, during mahakumbh, which comes once in every 12 years, Ujjain is the best place one can visit!
The major attraction of Ujjain is the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, which is one of the 12 jyotirlingas shrines of Lord shiva. It’s Bhasma Aarti is quite famous which is conducted at morning 4.
Bhartrihari Caves possess a strange historical charm. Founded in 11th century AD, these caves have witnessed Bhatrihari, step brother of King Vikramaditya residing and meditating post his heartbreak. The caves have a small temple as well inside.
Ancient Ashram of Maharshi Sandipani, that is considered to be learning place of Lord Krishna with his elder brother, Balrama and his friend Sudama.
Jantar Mantar or The Vedha Shala Observatory, constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh around 1730. It measures things like sun’s revolution, planet’s directions, lunar mansions and helps in geographical analyzations.
It is the one visited most by foreigners. It is a wonderful vibrant, befittingly gorgeous opulent temple with flourishing Tulsi gardens and attractive lush flower gardens. Devotees of Radha and Lord Krishna come over here to offer prayers from all over the world.
According to purans, Mars planet is the son of Earth planet. Or in other words, it was generated from the Earth. It is this point on the earth where Lord shiva’s shivling(shrine) exists, that is considered to be the origin point of the planet Mars. It also said thatTropic of Cancer passes through this very point where the shivling exists.
It is particularly for art lovers. It is named after Kalidasa, ancient Sanskrit Poet. This academy reflects the cultural heritage and vibrant soul of Malwa. It organises Kalidasa Samaroh for 7 days which includes events like stage –plays, Classical Dances, Painting Exhibitions and Fares.
This temple, being more than 100 years old, is quite common among locals and not so popular among tourists. It has a shivling, shrine within a tree trunk. It is said that king Harishchandra was freed from his debt to Rishi Vishwamitra after he worshipped Lord Shiva under this Banyan Tree.
It is a palace which will definitely catch the attention of history buffs and photo fanatics. Located on a small island in the river kshipra, this palace is known for its beautiful scenery and landscape with man-made tanks; channels and river waters. It was build by Mandu Sultans in 1485.
It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the guardian deity of the city, “Kal Bhairav.” The major offering to the deity includes liquor. One must visit this temple to witness how the liquor offered to the deity disappears emptying the bowl. A must visit temple on your travelling list !
Gopal mandir, also known as Dwarkadhish Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, whose sculpture consists of a fairly large diamond stoned into his chin. The beautiful figurine depicts Lord Krishna in his blue form, who is the incarnation of Preserver of the Universe-God Vishnu.
It is said to be build by Scindias royal family.
The sculpture of Harsiddhi mata or the goddess of happiness is the main attraction of the temple. The Hindu devi is regarded to be much divine and the big lamps in front of the main temple adds to the beauty of the shrine.
The biggest temple of Lord Ganesha in Ujjain is usually visited before starting any new venture. Worshipping Lord Ganesha in this particular temple is concerned with relieving tensions to live a peaceful life. This stone temple dates back to 11th and 12th century.
The village of Bhairogarh, located near the city of Ujjain is famous since ancient times when it’s trade was even spreaded till Rome and China. Even today, Bhairogarh is famous for its tie and dye paintings. Bhairogarh print, printing the cloth is major attraction of the place.
This pretty and divine shrine is devoted to Goddess Kalika. The sculpture of Goddess with captivating eyes is a joy to behold. It is famous as Kalidasa, a renowned Sanskrit poet, got his actual skills and boon from the Goddess.
The university which is named after King Vikramaditya was established in 1957. It is a very old university with grade A credit.
Simhastha or mahakumbh is celebrated by largest human gathering on Earth in every 12 years alternatively in 4 cities. The most popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbh Melas is the Samudra Manthan or ‘churning of the ocean.’ Gods and demons competed in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality.
The government of Madhya Pradesh State provides a special official website for tourists- “mptourism.com”.
Wherever we go for a tour, bringing back a souvenir is must. Ujjain is well-known for handicrafts and artefacts in markets close to the Nanakheda Bus Stand.
Other than this,bead works, lacquer works and paper-mache items in the market outside Mahakaleshwar Temple are pretty famous.
One can also buy Tribal metal work, pottery and bamboo articles from the market-area in Jawahar Nagar & Gopal Mandir Marg.
Apart from these there are many other temples as well. Undoubtedly, the city is known as city of temples.
One can also go to Omkareshwar and Mandu which are nearby tourist spots.
“Spirituality involves a search for meaning in life.” There is no better place than Ujjain to find that inner peace and discover the ultimate truth and aim of our lives.
“The way we feel connects us to the truth of who we are.” Do visit this city of temples to realize the actual true peace; divinity and holiness that still exists in this modern world!
Chakresh Kumar Jain
Very informative