In front of the great complex of temples, a pilgrim kneels, bowing his head in prayer. Ujjain is a cityscape of shrines, lying on the banks of river Kshipra. The city is regarded as fallen from heaven. Legend has it, Ujjain is one of the Saptapuris, or the seven holy cities of India that grant moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The variety of temples is astonishing – the structures here are crowning achievements of Ujjain’s religious architecture. Ujjain was also the home of Emperor Ashoka who served as the Viceroy of the city,which highlights the importance of the town. As the Viceroy of Ujjain, Ashoka married Devi, the daughter of a merchant from Vedisagiri. According to the Sinhalese Buddhist tradition, their children Mahendra and Sanghamitra who preached Buddhism in modern Sri Lanka, were born in Ujjain. Ashoka also learnt about various facets of Buddhism here. As the sun sets, head towards the temples that glow like ambers in the evening haze. Ujjain hosts the Kumbh Mela, popularly known as the Simhasth, every 12 years.
Ujjain is known as the temple city. It is one of seven sacred cities of Hindus, and boasts a wealth of cultural heritage in the form of temples, that give you glimpses of a glorious past.. Situated on the banks of the Kshipra River, the city dates back to 600 BC. It was once the residence of Ashoka. Ujjain’s spiritual charm is undeniable. Shopping for beautiful Batik Fabric here is a delight.
An antediluvian shrine that dates back to 11 - 12th century, it one of the biggest and most visited shrines in Ujjain
The term Jantar Mantar is a derived from the words Yantra and Mantra. Yantra means the pattern of lines and colors symbolic of cosmic power and the latter, the sacred words usually chanted for prayers and peace.
Nearest airport is in Indore (55 km) which is well connected by flights with Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Ujjain is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Cochin.
Good motorable roads and regular bus services connect Ujjain with major cities and nearby locations. Cities and towns close to Ujjain are Indore, Bhopal, Ratlam, Gwalior, Mandu, Dhar, & Maheshwar.
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