Go here for: Pilgrimage, Religious, Weekend Breaks
With the Tropic of Cancer passing through it and immortal nectar
drops from the heavens having once fallen onto it, Ujjain has been the
city of both science and the gods. Mornings and evenings in Ujjain ring
with the sound of mantras and prayers, often originating from the banks
of River Shipra where holy men and women gather. Long queues of people
carrying flowers and other offerings can also be seen outside temples
at almost every corner of the city.
Situated on the banks of the
Shipra, north of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is one of India’s
holiest cities for the Hindus. According to legend, the city’s name was
changed from Avantipura to Ujjaiyini (meaning “he who conquers with
pride”) by King Shiva of Avanti after he defeated the demon king of
Apart from the sacred books Ujjain also finds mention
in history books and Kalidasa’s famous poem Meghdutta. An ancient city,
set in the heart of India, Ujjain witnessed a fair deal of conquests
and rule. It served as residence and capital to the likes of Ashoka,
King Chandragupta II and Akbar. Proof of its history can be found in
the archaeological sites strewn about and the temple and monuments
built here. At the same time mathematical and astronomical research has
flourished in Ujjain since 6th-7th centuries.
Today, Ujjain is a
modern town running its daily business while still celebrating its
glorious past. The falling of the immortal nectar is still celebrated
in the form of the ever more popular Kumbh Mela attracting millions of
pilgrims and curious tourists alike. If you would like to experience
the next mela in 2016, then it is advisable to already start making
arrangements for stay.
Many government approved budget hotels which provide basic facilities along with hi-end hotels are available.
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