Harsidhi (Goddess Durga) Temple, Ujjain

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This is one of the 52 Shakthipeethas of Goddess Sati; elbow of the Goddess is believed to have fallen here.

The Goddess is known as Harsidhi Matha. There is an interesting legend on getting this name. One day, when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati was playing dice at mount Kailash two demons called Chand and Prachand tried to force their way in. Lord Shiva invoked Goddess Chandi to kill the demons. When Chandi killed the demons heroically Lord Shiva gave her the epithet ‘Harsidhi’- the one who vanquishes all.

In the sanctum sanctorum Goddess Annapoorna (Harsidhi Matha) is flanked by the images of Goddess Mahalakshmi and Goddess Maha Kali (two other forms of Goddess Durga). A SriYantra (a tantric symbol) is also placed at the sanctum.

The present temple dates back to the Maratha rule. Two lofty and imposing deepasthambas (pillars for lighting lamps) in front of the temple is eye-catching.

Nearby is a small Mahamaya shrine. It has an ever lit lamp which is said to have glowing without break for centuries.

Ujjain is home to many ancient temples. The Mahakal temple of Lord Shiva (one of the Jyotirlinga temples) is prominent among them. The ancient Chintaman Ganesh temple, Bada Ganesh temple, Gad Kalika temple (associated with the great poet Kalidasa) and the Sandipani Ashram (where Lord Krishna spent days as a disciple to Guru Sandipani) are the other notable temples around Ujjain.

Ujjain is 55 kilometers from Indore.

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