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Hindu pilgrim site

Ujjain is one of the seven holiest places in the Hindu world, with the Maha Kaleshwar Jyotirlinga the third of the 12 sacred shrines to the Hindu god Shiva.

With around 10-15,000 visitors daily the Maha Kaleshwar temple is the major Hindu pilgrimage site among Ujjain’s many temples but the city also has other destinations including caves and observatories. Ujjain was famous for astronomy and Hindu astronomers used the city’s location as the prime meridian for their astronomical measurements.

The riverside gats at Ujjain
The most significant pilgrimage issue, however, is the Kumbh Mela held at Ujjain every 12 years and bringing tens of millions of devotees to bathe in the River Shipra. The next Ujjain Purna Kumbh Mela will occur in 2016.

As well as all the Hindu sites there are many Jain temples, reflecting the growth of Jainism in the area over 2000 years ago.

Ujjain city website

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