Ujjain the hub of spiritual tourism in Madhya Pradesh
Read all about Ujjain and important spiritual tourism in Central India.
Ujjain History & Places
Ujjain a city in Madhya Pradesh has a long history. It is one of the places where Kumbh Mela is held every twelve year. The city has recorded history that dates back to sixth century B.C. The city lay in a trade route that connected Northern India to Deccan. Various artifacts and valuable trade items reached North India through Ujjain. With the brutal attacks of Moguls the glory of the city lost all its sheen.
Eventually the Marathas took over and period of cultural renaissance began. Most of the temples where built during the rule of the Marathas. These are important places of pilgrimage that pious come to visit.
Mahakaleshwar temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlings venerated by the Hindus. The idol of Shiva is enshrined here and a fair is held every year on Mahashivratri.
The city is situated on the banks of Shipra one of the holiest rivers of India. This is where the Kumbh is organized every year. Most of the temples lie here and celebrations are held every year in honor of Hindu Goddess Kshipra.
The places of interest are its many temples some important ones are Kal Bhairav Temple, Bade Ganesh Temple, Mahasiddi Temple and Chintaman Ganesh. There are many ashrams among them
The Ved Shala or Observatory is well known for important work being done here on the subject. There is a small planetarium and an astronomical telescope to educate the visitors.
The best way to tour Ujjain is on MP package tours organized by the tour operators. There are many packages available for tourism in the state with varied itinerary.
Ujjain lies near Indore at a distance of fifty km. This is the only major air link nearby. It is well connected by rail with many major cities of India.