First up was Acharya Sandipani’s ashram. This is where the epic friendship between Krishna and Sudama had begun according to the Mahabharata. Next we drove to the Mangalnath temple traversing the old and charming city of Ujjain. The temple is situated on the banks of river Shipra and is said to be the birthplace of “Mangal” griha. The Kal Bhairav temple was another unique experience. The stalls outside the temple will pleasantly surprise anyone who likes to have a drink since the Prasad here includes a variety of alcohol ranging from country liquour to scotch (I picked up a bottle of Signature!). Then we visited two temples which are known as Shaktipeeth in Indian mythology. We ended our tour with a visit to the Bada Ganpati which lived up to its name with a huge idol of Lord Ganesha. It was a fitting end to a tour full of stories from our past.
Ujjain certainly will make you aware of how ancient our civilization is. It is a vivid example of the uninterrupted continuity with which our myths and stories have been passed through generations. These myths have given birth to a faith which has strengthened with time, evident in number of people paying visits to such holy places in order to stay hopeful in life.
Perhaps that is the strength of these places where everyone comes with a hope to make things better and the emotion just multiplies. What you take back is just a little bit of positivity. For any believer the experience would be gratifying and for those who do not believe it is a slice of our history coming alive.
P.S.- If you are hungry do visit the Bus Station where you have a shop called Jain Ke Prasiddh Daal Baafle. It is worth a try!!