Regarded as one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus, Ujjain is an ancient city located on the banks of Shipra River in Madhya Pradesh. The city is also the venue for Kumbh Mela also known as the Simhastha Mela, held every 12 years.
The temple town is located on the banks of the Shipra River and was known as Ujjayini in ancient times. It is mentioned in Hindu epic Mahabharat, as the capital city of Avanti Kingdom. It is believed that two parts of the Skanda Purana were composed in the city.
The origin of Ujjain is connected to Sagar Manthan or (Churning of the ocean of milk) episode in Hindu mythology. Gods and the demons churned the ocean to collect Amrit which would grant immortality. While fleeing with the pot ofAmrit, four drops fell at four different places. Besides Ujjai, Allahabad, Haridwar and Nashik are the places whereAmrit fell. The Shipra River is also said to have originated as a result of the Sagar Manthan.
The Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirling shrines of Lord Shiva is in Ujjain. Lord Krishna received education along with Balaram and Sudama from Maharishi Sandipani here in Ujjain.
Ujjain is a mix of the old and the new. The city’s heritage co-exists with the modern buildings.
Ujjain is the venue for many significant religious events like the Kumbh Mela. The festival celebrated every 12 years, witnesses the participation of devotees from across the globe.
WHERE TO STAY
The budget hotels are clustered near Nanakheda bus stand which are close to the railway station as well.
Mid-range hotels can be found all over the city. Free Ganj area has a good number of mid-range hotels.
WHERE TO EAT
Ujjain is a treat for vegetarians with Kashmiri, Punjabi, North Indian and many other types of Indian cuisine easily available. Chinese cuisine is also available. Non-vegetarian cuisine is available in a few restaurants on University Road.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Ujjain is as given below. The best time to visit Ujjain is also specified.