Shri Harsiddhi Shaktipeeth
Goddess Harsiddhi devi
Shri Harsiddhi Temple is the 13th Shaktipeeth among the 51 Shaktipeeths of Mata Sati. It is revealed that Maa Harsiddhi devi was the deity, the supreme being of Samrat Vikramaditya and known by the name ‘Mangalchandiki’ in ancient time. King Vikramaditya used to worship devi Harsiddhi and dedicated his head around eleven times in the feet of Maa Harsiddhi but the divine mother again brought him to life. This king Vikramaditya was the emperor of Ujjain who was known for his intellect, valour and nobleness. Vikram Samvat calendar is started by the name of this Raja Vikramaditya.
Harsiddhi Shaktipeeth of Ujjain which is congregated with devotees all year round is a big source of energy and power. This place is of special significance for Tantra performers and Yogis that is also mentioned in the spiritual and mythological history of Ujjain.The festival of Navratri is celebrated here with great splendour and belief. Many lamps and candles (Diyas) are flamed which create a tremendous and divine scene. Maa Harsiddhi fulfills the desires of all those devotees and pilgrims who come into the temple with full faith and paid their deep obeisance to the divine mother.
This temple occupies a special place in the galaxy of ancient sacred spots of Ujjain. Seated between the idols of Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati, the idol of Annapurna is painted in dark vermilion colour. The Sri Yantra, the symbol of power or shakti, is also enshrined in the temple. According to the Shiva Purana, when Shiva carried away the burning body of Sati from the sacrificial fire, her elbow dropped at this place. There is an interesting legend in the Skanda Purana about the manner in which the Goddess Chandi acquired the epithet of Harsiddhi.
Once when Shiva and Parvati were alone on Mount Kailash, two demons called Chand and Prachand tried to force their way in. Shiva called upon Chandi to destroy them which she did. Pleased, Shiva bestowed upon her the epithet of 'one who vanquishes all'.
One among the fascinating aspect of this shrine is the structure which is made up of a rock smeared with turmeric paste and vermilion .The temple turns magnificient on the eve of the Navaratri festival, when hundreds of lamps on the 15 feet lamp stand being lit together. Yet another characteristic feature of the marvelous shrine is the presence of Sri Yantra, or nine triangles that represent nine names of Goddess Durga. This lovely shrine also houses images of other goddess also. The famous dark vermilion image of Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment, and the idol of Mahasaraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge are significant for their typical Maratha architecture.
In front of the Garbhgriha (Adytum) of Harsiddhi temple in assemblage hall there is a ‘Shree Yantra’. It is said that it’s a divine Shree Yantra and merely by its Darshan one can get the virtues. In the holy premises of the temple there is also a temple of lord Shiva namely Karkotkeshvar Mahadev which is one among the Chourasi Mahadevas and where it is the belief of people that Kalsarp Dosha is eliminated here. In the centre of the temple premises two seamless flames keep illuminating whose Darshan are pleasurable for the devotees. In all the four directions of the temple premises there are four entry gates and inside the main entry gate in front of the Harsiddhi assemblage hall there are two pillars adorned with lamps that display their brilliance after being lit. Hundreds of lamps burning simultaneously create an environment of unexplained splendour, especially on Navratri, the nine day festival celebrated in the month of October /November dedicated to Goddess Durga. These pillars are the unique feature of this temple which belongs to the era of Maratha. According to the astrologists, the temple has been nominated as Shaktipeeth. This nomination is – Name of place is Ujjain, name of Shakti is Mangalchandiki and name of Bhairav is Kapilambar. In the centre of this ancient temple there is a holy stone which is covered with the layers of turmeric and vermillion and it is the center of belief for many people.
From Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore the temple is around 60.2 Km and 2.6 Km from Ujjain Junction. From Shaheed Raja Bhau Mahakal Bus Stand,Ujjain it is 1.9 Km. Sharing autos, mini buses and taxis are available from Station and Bus stand. Ujjain darshan bus is also a good option to visit temples in Ujjain
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