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Maha Kali temple from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is famous for one another ferocious deity of Shakti. It is also among the Ashtadasa Shaktipeetha and also the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva who is in the form of Maha Kaleswar. Here Devi is called as Hara Sidhi Maata. Locals call the goddess as Garh Kalika, The Maha kali hara was the Aradhana Devi of The great King Vikramaditya. It is said that King Vikramaditya who had mastered the Ashtamasiddhis the great 8 powers has offered his head by cutting 11 times to Devi and all those times Devi made him live by joining it back. We will find his portrait a hall next to the temple. It is believed that the Tongue of Sati Devi has fallen here when Lord Vishnu has cut her corpse with his Sudarshana chakra.

History

Goddess Mahakali is also known as Rakt Dantika or Chamunda. Mahakali appeared to kill the demon Andhakasur. Andhakasur, the ruler of Ujjain in those days, was blessed with a power that every drop of his blood that touched the ground would produce a new Andhakasur. When Lord Shiva pierced him with his Trishul, Mahakali appeared and drank all the blood and ate all the new Andhakasurs. The demon finally accepted his defeat and the world became free of demons. Later to killing all demons Mahakali went more ferocious in the war field when Lord Shiva himself lays in between the dead bodies. Mahakali mistakenly steps on her husband chest and takes her original form. Pleased, Shiva bestowed upon her the epithet of 'one who vanquishes all'.

how can you reach this temple
By Surface Transport

A good network of a road makes Ujjain easily accessible cities likes Bhopal. Delhi,Indore&Mumbai

Ujjain is on the Western Railway track and is well-connected to major Indian cities by direct train. Nearest railway Station;Ujjain.

By Air

The nearest airport is in Indore, which is 50 km away.

Map

Mahakali Devi Sakthipeeth Ujjain

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Extra Information

Hotels and Choultries are available for stay.

Timings and Events
Timings

The main temple opens at 3:30 am .The Bhasma Arti is performed between 4:00 am and 6:00 am. Between 7:30 am to 8:15 am the Naivadya Arti is performed. Between 10:30 am to 11:15 am,the Mahabhog Arti is performed. In the evening, the Sandhya Arti is organised at 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm and Shayan Arti at 10:30 pm. The temple closes at 11:00 pm

Events

Festivals at the Mahakali, Ujjain. Chaitra Navratri,Ashwin Navratri,Durga Puja,Shivratri,Magha Purnima,Falguna Purnima, Paush Purnima,Shravan Month,Maha Kumbh Mela.

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