The ruling deity of the Mangalnath Temple at Ujjain is Lord Shiva.
Thus Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Mangal Nath.
Mangal is the planet Mars and considered a trouble maker for mortals like us.
Lord Shiva the universal protector is worshipped to overcome the malefic powers of Mangal.
( these are symbolic and and an attempt should be made to understand the holistic thoughts behind such beliefs)
The unique ( and i think positive aspect of Hindu mythology) is that all problems have a solution.
The temple denotes this positive aspect.
The most striking aspect of the temple is the location.
Its located along the beautiful meandering river Kshipra. The banks of the river are amazingly clean and the bridges that go over are breathtaking as they have no railings.
The feeling you get is, as if you are walking over water.
A squeaky clean ghat slopes down to the river and the view from the ghat of the temple is absolutely divine.
The walk up to the temple with the spire of the temple in sight accentuates the aura of going up to meet the Divine .
There are neatly lined shops with baskets containing various offerings for the Gods.
Its advisable to buy these baskets as they enable you to perform all the rituals for that particular temple. Thus you are not excluded from the experience of the temple.
Taking part in local rituals enriches a person.
There is a lovely statue of Ganeshji in marble at the entrance.
Many Shivlings are placed under a tree after you enter the main premises giving a feeling of natural beauty. The temple compound is open ( without walls) and at a height , thus cool winds welcomed us .
A small neat queue leads one to the main Shrine.My wife chatted with the locals who were happy to share their experiences.
The main Shivling ( Mangalnath) is made of rice and thus feels like jelly on touching unlike most shivlings in stone.
The principal poojas are performed here.
All the temples in Ujjain are unique and intriguing in a very special way.
A priest gave us a kalava , which we tied on the branch of tree in the temple complex.
Special trees denoted to a diety are the hallmark of most Temples.
The Mangalnath temple is no exception in being a Eco friendly Green Temple.
A very neat and clean temple complex. Would definitely like to study more about the various aspects of the temple.
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