Spiritual Ujjain
RAM GHAT A celebration
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Spiritual Ujjain
23.17°N 75.79°E Location

Spiritual Ujjain

  • Ujjain - The Temple City

    Ujjain is known as the temple city for its numerous temples from different eras

  • Kumbha Mela

    The world’s largest religious gathering, Kumbha Mela, is held on the banks of the Shipra River once in every 12 years

  • Greenwich of India

    Ujjain is considered the Greenwich of India, with the first meridian of longitude passing through it

  • Ashoka - The Governor of Ujjain

    Ashoka was the Governor of Ujjain during the reign of his father

  • Shri Ram Ghat

    The Shri Ram Ghat, also known as Ram Ghat, is the most ancient bathing ghat

The Legend of
the Kumbh Mela

The Legend of Kumbh Mela

The Ultimate
Gurudakshina

The Ultimate Gurudakshina

One of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities, Ujjain boasts a wealth of cultural heritage, largely in the form of temples.

Situated on the banks of the Shipra River, the city dates back to 600 BC and was once the residence of Ashoka. It was also the political and commercial hub of central India and the capital of the ancient Avanti Kingdom.

Ujjain’s spiritual charm is undeniable. The famous poet, Kalidas, described it as ‘The town fallen from Heaven to bring Heaven to Earth’. The many temples give you glimpses of a glorious past.

This is one city that will take you back to your childhood history books.

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How to get here?

Reaching by Air

Reaching Ujjain by Air

The closest airport is Indore Airport, which is 55 km away. It is the busiest airport in Madhya Pradesh and is well connected to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Raipur and Jabalpur.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Ujjain by Rail

Ujjain is connected by rail to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The railway station is just a kilometre away from the main city centre.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Ujjain by Road

Ujjain is well connected by road. You can get here by hiring a cab or catching a bus from Indore (55 km), Gwalior (450 km), Ahmedabad (400 km) and Bhopal (183 km).

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The legend of the Kumbh Mela

Simhastha Kumbh Celebrations

Kumbh Mela - A sea of faith

The Simhastha Kumbh is a celebration like no other in India. It is celebrated when Jupiter ascends into sun sign Leo's quarter or the Simha constellation of the zodiac, which is why it is called Simhastha.

Legend goes that when there was the churning of the ocean, and Gods and demons competed for the divine nectar of immortality, drops of nectar fell on four places. One of them was Ujjain. Hence, the river Shipra became the enhancer of life and the Kumbh Mela is held to celebrate this event. Millions of devotees throng the ghats of Shipra for the holy dip.

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The ultimate Gurudakshina

Sandipani Ashram in Ujjain

Sandipani Ashram

The Sandipani Ashram in Ujjain is known to be the place where Lord Krishna, Balram and Sudama received their education from Guru Sandipani. Lord Krishna learned sixty-four arts in sixty-four days. There is a legendary story of Lord Krishna’s Gurudakshina to Guru Sandipani and Gurumata.

After being offered Gurudakshina, Gurumata asked Lord Krishna to get her son back, who had died due to drowning. Not one to back off from an improbable feat, Lord Krishna vowed to fulfil her wish. He fought the sea monster Shankasur and ripped his belly apart to find the seashell, ‘Panchjanya’. He then went to Yamraj, to ask for Gurumata’s son. Lord Krishna managed to get him and took him back to Gurumata and Guru Sandipani, who were overwhelmed by this Gurudakshina.

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