Attractions Of Madhya Pradesh...

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Situated on the western side of Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of River Shipra, Ujjain is one of the most important holy cities in India. It was earlier called Avantika, but after King Shiva defeated Demon King of Tripuri, he renamed it to Ujjainyini meaning one who conquers with pride.

Ujjain is the proud possessor of a very glorious history. It boasts about being ruled by the likes of King Vikramaditya and King Ashoka. However, even the holy lands of Ujjain had to witness the sad saga of invasion and destruction in the 13th century. By 17th century, Marathas took over the entire area and triggered the era of cultural renaissance, giving Ujjain a modern look. They also reconstructed many temples thus regaining and preserving the lost charisma of the city.

Today Ujjain is a striking amalgamation of legacy of bygone era and contemporary architecture. Ujjain is one of the many holy cities in India and the major places to visit in the town are temples. However you will also find magnificent museums and palaces as well. Some of the major attractions of Madhya Pradesh are

The Maha Kumbh Mela

'Ujjain' means the 'city of victory'. Located on the western boundary of Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is 55 km from Indore. It is situated on the banks of Shipra River and was, once on a flourishing trade route to Mesopotamia and Egypt. It is said that King Shiva of Avanti, on gaining victory over the ruler of Tripuri on the banks of the Narmada, changed the name of his capital, Avantipura to Ujjayini.

The origin of the Kumbh Mela dates back to the conflict between the gods and the demons over the possession of the "Amrit Kumbh", or the pot of immortal nectar. It appeared as a result of the churning of the milky ocean jointly by the gods and the demons. During the tussle, some drops of the amrit splashed from the pitcher fell at four places. These four places were: Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain, the sacred sites for the Kumbh Mela. Since then, when the auspicious planets align in the same position, devotees come together to commemorate this divine feature. Kumbh Mela takes place every three years in rotation in the four sacred places.

Bhim Kund

There are many attractions of historical importance in Madhya Pradesh one of them is the Bhim Kund. Madhya Pradesh the central state of India is the witness to many historical events and happenings described in Mahabharata. It indicates the presence of Pandvas in this region. The background story described in Mahabharata about Bhimkund is, Draupadi tired and weary under the hot scorching sun, fainted of thirst.

Bhim, the strongest of the five brothers, hit the ground with his gada and lo and behold, water surged out and the pool came into being. The kund lies in an underground cave and is about 30 m from the mouth. To the left of the entrance is a small Shivalinga. But what’s truly astounding here is that the roof of the cave has a small opening just above the kund as this is the spot Bhim is said to have hit with his Gada. The depth of this pool is believed to be measureless.

The pool is a lovely indigo blue which contrasts well with the red stone walls. There are some caves around it but no one has been adventurous enough to find out where they lead. There is something mysterious and exciting about this place, so much so that one almost tends to believe the pool’s epic origin.

It is said that taking a bath in the holy waters during Maha kumbh mela removes your sins. Kumbh mela is held periodically at Ujjain which is one of the four sacred venues of Kumbh Mela. Try to plan your Madhya Pradesh Holidays during kumbh mela duration so that you can witness this great religious ceremony and bathe in the holy waters of Ujjain.