Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain is dedicated to the goddess Annapurna, which is tinted in deep Sindur color. The idol of Goddess Annapurna sits between the idols of Goddess Mahalakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. Sri Yantra is a symbol of the power of Shakti and Sriyantra is also revered in this temple. This place has great significance in the Puranas because it is believed that when Lord Shiva was carrying Sati's body, his elbow fell on this place. This temple was reconstructed during the reign of the Marathas; hence the characteristic of Marathi art is seen on two pillars adorned with lamps. The temple complex has an ancient well and a beautiful artistic pillar at the top of the temple. This goddess is considered very powerful by the local people.
Harsiddhi Shaktipeethas is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas. There are differences among scholars regarding the status of this Shakti Peeth. Some consider Bhairav Parvat situated on the banks of the Shipra River near Ujjain, and some consider Bhairav Parvat adjacent to Girnar Mountain in Gujarat as the real Shaktipeethas. Therefore, there is a recognition of Shakti Peeth in both places.
Legends and Mythologies
According to the Puranas of Hinduism, wherever the pieces of the part of Sati, the clothes or jewelry worn, fell there, Shakti Peeth came into existence. These are called holy places of pilgrimage. These pilgrimage spots are spread across the Indian subcontinent. Devi Purana describes 51 Shaktipeethas. The Harsiddhi Devi Temple situated near the pond named Shakti, Rudra Sagar or Rudra Lake.
According to the belief of Shiva Purana, when Sati went to her father 's house without calling, and there she could not bear the insult of her husband by Daksha, he consumed his body with his glory. Lord Shankar could not bear this mourning and his third eye opened, causing a holocaust all around. Lord Shankar lifted the body of the Goddess Sati on the shoulder and while Shiva was carrying the burning body of his wife Sati from the Yajna altar of Daksha Prajapati, Vishnu divided the parts of Sati into 52 parts from his chakra. Sati's elbow had fallen at this place in Ujjain. The power here is 'Mangal Chandika' and Bhairava 'Mangalya Kapilambar'.
It is said that the ancient Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain was situated on the banks of Rudra Sarovar and the lake was always full of lotus flowers. There was a temple of 'Goddess Harsiddhi' on its west coast and ' Mahakaleshwar ' on the east coast. These temples were rebuilt in the 18th century.
In place of the statue on the main back of the temple is 'Sriyantra'. It is offered vermilion, not other statues, and behind it is the statue of Bhagwati Annapurna. The statue of Harsiddhi Devi is worshiped in the sanctum sanctorum. The Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain has statues of Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, Mahasaraswati. There is a stepwell at the eastern entrance of the temple, in the middle of which there is a pillar, on which Samvat 1447 is inscribed and there is Saptasagar Lake nearby. There are two big lamp pillars in front of Jagmohan of the temple.
According to Shiv Puran, Shree Yantra is worshiped here. He is considered to be the worship of Vikramaditya. Goddess Harsiddhi is mentioned in Skanda Purana. There is also a temple of Adi Shakti Mahamaya in the Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain premises, where the flame is always lit and both the Navratras have their Mahapuja here.
Incidentally, the Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain is also in Dwarka (Saurashtra). The idols of the goddess are the same at both places (Ujjayini and Dwarka). Ujjain, located on the Pune road, 80 km from Indore, has been a pilgrimage site since ancient times. The Mahakaleshwar Temple (Jyotirlinga) and Bada Ganesh Temple, Chintamani Ganesh Temple, etc. are worth seeing here.
How to reach Harsiddhi Temple
Harsiddhi Temple is located in Jaisinghpura and one can reach here without any hassle. People can hire a taxi, cab, auto-rickshaw, or rickshaw. The last two are the most affordable mode of transport. The nearest railway station is the Ujjain railway station and the nearest airport is the Indore Airport which is well-connected with Ujjain.
Best time to visit Harsiddhi Temple
Navratri is the best time to visit the temple. As this temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the festival of Navratri celebrated with great zeal and vigor. The winters are the great season to visit here.
Places to visit near Harsiddhi Temple
There are a plethora of famous tourist places to visit in Ujjain and nearby the temple is Kaliadeh Palace, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ram Mandir Ghat, Bade Ganesh Temple, Kaal Bhairav Temple, etc.
Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain timings: 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Harsiddhi Temple Ujjain Entry Fees: Nil