Ujjain is situated on the banks of the
river Shipra, regarded since times immemorial as sacred.
The belief in the sacredness of Shipra, has its origins
in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of
the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons, with Vasuki, the
serpent as the rope. The ocean bed first yielded fourteen
gems, then Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and finally
the coveted vessel of Nector. Then began the wild scramble
for immortality with the demons chasing the Gods across
the skies, and in the process, a few drops were spilt,
and fell at Haridwar, Nasik, Prayag and Ujjayini.
Hence the sanctity of the waters of the
Shipra. Mahakaleshwar Mandir, Bada Ganeshji Mandir,
Chintaman Ganesh, Pir Matsyendranath, Bhrathari Caves,
Kailadev Palace, Harsiddhi Temple, Siddhavat, Kalbhairav,
Sandipani Ashram, Gadkalika, Mangalnath, Gopal Mandir,
Navagraha Mandir (Triveni), The Vaidhashala (Observatory),
Vikram Kirti Mandir, Vikram University, Kalidas Academy
are places to visit.
Indore was planned & built by Devi
Ahilyabai Holkar, the brave Holkar queen in 1715. Two
rivers Saraswati and Khan flow through the city and
unite at the center where a small 18th century Indreshwar
temple exists. The name Indore is derived from this
deity. Indore is the most populated city in MP with
a population of 25 lakhs and is 186 kms by road from
Bhopal, capital of MP. Indore is a big commercial and
industrial city with numerous industries.
Indore is also known as the Detroit of
India because of the motor industries in the nearby
Pithampur. Rajwada, Footy Kothi, Lalbagh Palace (Nehru
Museum), Bada Ganpati, Kanch Mandir, Bijasan, Gomatgiri,
Khajrana and Annapurna Temples are places to visit.
Apart from attractive shopping malls, Indore is known
for its sweets (mithai) and namkins. So please come
prepared to carry these savories to your kith and kin.
Two of the twelve Jyotirlingas
are in the neighborhood of Indore. In Ujjain, (56 kms)
you have Mahakaleshwar temple on the banks of the sacred
river Shipra and Omkareshwar (90 kms) on the banks of
the sacred river Narmada. People with religious interest
can visit these two places.
Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an
altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses,
was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers
of Malwa. Towards the end of the 13th century, it came
under the sawy of the Sultans of Malwa, the first of
whom named it Shadibad - 'city of joy'. And indeed the
pervading spirit of Mandu was of gaiety; and its rulers
built exquisite palaces like the Jahaz and Hindola Mahals,
ornamental canals, baths and pavilions, as graceful
and refined as those times of peace and plenty.
Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural
gem; some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid
and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration
to the master builders of the Taj mahal centuries later.
Places to visit: The Daewazas, The Central Group Hoshang
Shah's Tomb, Jami Masjid, The Royal Enclave Jahaz Mahal,
Hindola Mahal, Rewa Kund, Baz Bahadur's Palace, Rani
Roopmati's Pavilion, Nilkanth Mahal.
Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped
like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn
to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at
the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the
devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of
the twekve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar
And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's
sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those
of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.
Places to visit: Shri Omkar Mandhara, Siddhanth Temple,
Satmatrika Temple, Kajal Rani Cave.
Maheshwar was a glorious city at the
dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati,
capital of king Kartiviryarjun. This temple town on
the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the
epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Revived to its ancient
position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai
Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex
stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below.
Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive hand-woven
sarees called Maheshwari. Places to visit: Maheshwar,
Narmada Ghat, Rajgaddi and Rajwada Temples.