Ujjain – Popular Pilgrim Place
Located in the Ujjain District in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is a popular pilgrim town and also happens to be the largest city in the district of the state.
Historically rich, the city served as the capital of the Avanti Kingdom and also happens to be one among the 16 famous mahajanapadas in ancient India.
In fact, before Indore became a more prominent town in the state of Madhya Pradesh post-British invasion, Ujjain Ujjain pilgrim place was the one that served as the multidimensional hub of the state be it in terms of commerce, politics, or culture, until 19th century.
Coming to the religious forefront, Ujjain is a famous pilgrim place for Vaishnavites: followers of Lord Vishnu, Shaivites: followers of Lord Shiva, as well as followers of Shakta: followers of Shaktism.
Being one of the holiest cities in India, Ujjain houses a list of holy shrines and is also a host for the famous Kumbhmela, which is termed as the Ujjain Simhasta here.
Some of the popular holy shrines here are the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga: a very ancient Hindu temple that was restored by the Scindias of Gwalior after it faced brutal destruction by Iltutmish, the Kal Bhairav temple, the ISKCON Temple devoted to Lord Krishna, the Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Gopal Mandir, etc.