Drove down to Ujjain from Indore in an hour and checked in, in a lodge near the Mahakaleshwar temple.
As we had just a day in Ujjain, decided to hire a guide refferred by the Lodge keeper.
Our first visit was to the Kal Bhairav temple which is famous for the liquor offering to the presiding deity of
the temple. This temple is believed to have been built by King Bhadresen, on the banks of the river Shipra.
The dog is the vehicle of Kal Bhairav and is parked outside looking in at the diety. Apparently the dog is also worshipped as most of the devotees in the earlier days were hunters who were always accompanied by their loyal dogs.
The street leading to the temple is lined with shops selling baskets of offerings to Kal Bhairav, containing
flowers, incence sticks and a bottle of liquor. The priest in the temple will open the liquor bottle, pour it on a
plate and hold it near the mouth of the deity for it to consume! Amazing practice!
After satiating Kal Bhairav we were led to Kaliadeh Palace. This too is on the banks of Shipra river. This
palace was destroyed by the Pindaris (horsemen, plunderers, or foragers attached to a Muslim army in India who were allowed to plunder in lieu of pay) and was restored by Madhav Rao Scindia in 1920. Unfortunately it is badly in need of further restoration. It seems there are Persian inscriptions in one of the corridors of the palace, which record the visit of Emperor Akbar and Jehangir to the site.
Now it was time to visit the most famous temple in Ujjain – the Mahakaleshwar temple. This temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva has one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. For the history and mythology of this temple please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahakaleshwar_Jyotirlinga
On the way back to the lodge we stopped by the Bada Ganesha temple which also houses a Panchmukhi
Ujjain indeed is a spiritual city tempered by science as is evident from the presence of Jantar Mantar (an
observatory that has instruments to measure time and planetary positions). It was built in the 1725 when Jai Singh was the Governor of Malwa under the Mughal Emperor, Muhammad Shah.
How to reach :
By Air : Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore is the nearest airport to Ujjain, which is situated 55 km away. Indore is connected to major cities in India by public and private domestic airlines.
By Rail: Ujjain Junction is an important railway station in Western railway zone. It is well connected to all major railway stations in India.
By Road: Ujjain is well connected by state road transport public bus services. Regular bus services are available from Indore (55 km), Gwalior (450 km), Ahmedabad (400 km) and Bhopal (183 km) to Ujjain.