The huge Madhya Pradesh state is like a shining gem in the heart of India, embodying rich cultural heritage. A spiritual journey to this place is truly liberating and offers one a chance of self-discovery in a spiritual manner. There are some journeys that lead to rediscovery within. A visit to some of the most popular religious sites in Madhya Pradesh is that very journey.
Madhya Pradesh state is festooned with some wonderful places, which have a serene feel and peaceful ambiance. These places are filled with several man-made wonders too. Read this write-up to know about some of the most significant religious sites in Madhya Pradesh:
Ujjain- Soulful ancient traditions
One of the seven most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites in Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain lies on the banks of River Shipra. Mythology says that this river emerged from the drop of nectar from the sky during Amrit Manthan. The Ujjain city is the site of highly revered Kumbh Mela and receives a huge footfall of devotees owning to its various renowned temples.
The history of Ujjain city also states that it was one of the four great kingdoms who followed Buddhism- Magadha, Kosala and Vatsa. Ujjain dates back to 600 BC and has an undeniable spiritual charm.
Religious Sites to visit in Ujjain
- Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple– one of the 12 Jyotirlingas;
- Bade Ganesh Temple with a huge idol of Lord Ganesha;
- Veda Shala observatory and planetarium
- Sandipani Ashram;
- Mangalnath Temple- known to be the birth place of planet Mars;
- The exquisite Kal Bhairav temple
- The ancient Bhartrihari Caves.
Omkareshwar- The peaceful ‘Om’ shaped Island
When nature itself has blessed the place, nothing much is required to be said about Omkareshwar city of Madhya Pradesh, one of the most important religious sites in Madhya Pradesh. There is an island in the shape of ‘OM’, which is known to be one of the holiest symbols in Hinduism. It is an ideal holy site in Madhya Pradesh for spiritual merriment. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas destination of India that draws a crazy number of visitors from India and abroad.
Omkareshwar city lies on the confluence of River Narmada and River Kaveri. There is a 270 feet high bride over River Narmada that offers picturesque views of the surroundings.
Places to visit in Omkareshwar
- Siddhanath Temple with stunning medieval Brahminic architecture;
- Burhanpur fort for its glass work and Persian bath-houses;
- Asirgarh fort with its panoramic views;
- Deogarh fort with Hindu and Jain temples;
- The sacred Sri Govinda Bhagavatpaada Cave;
- The beautiful Kajal Rani Caves and Dashavatar temple.
Chitrakoot- The Abode of Gods
Chitrakoot is also known as the ‘Hills of Many Wonders’ and finds its mention in ancient scriptures as a holy place. As per Hindu mythology Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh was the place where Lord Rama and Mata Sita along with his brother Laxmana, had spent eleven years of their fourteen years of exile. Sage Valmiki had praised this place for its piousness and abundance of exotic flora and fauna. The jungles of Chitrakoot are also known for being the meditating place of Rishi Atri, Sati Ansuya, Maharishi Markandeya, and Maharishi Dattatreya. To add to its charm, Chitrakoot is believed to be that place where the Trinity- Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, took their incarnations. Read More
Places to visit in Chitrakoot
- Kamnath Mandir- believed to be found by Lord Rama himself;
- Lakshmana Pahari- the hilltop where Lord Laxmana resided;
- Hanuman Dhara- spring known to be sprouted by Lord Rama to pacify Hanuman;
- Janaki Kund- Bathing place of Mata Sita;
- Chachai and Keoti Falls;
- Sphatick Shila- known as the place the Lord and his consort spent their leisure moments and Sati Anusuya Temple and Ashram.
Maheshwar- Invoking the tourist and pilgrim in you
Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh was once the capital of King Kartivarjun and then it was known as Mahishmati. The name of Maheshwar is also mentioned in the great Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. This temple town lies of the banks of River Narmada and houses might fort complexes and bathing Ghats too.
Head towards the beautiful Maheshwar ghat for some peaceful time. It is located on scenic location that makes it one of most popular destination for religious tour in Madhya Pradesh.
Places to see in Maheshwar
- Stunningly-carved temples such as Rajarajeshwara, Ahileshwar Kaleshwar, and Vithaleshwara;
- Holka Fort or Queen’s Fort- the palace of Rano Ahilya;
- The peaceful Narmada ghat;
- Mandleshwar Fort- made up of stone;
- Ahilya Mata’s Cenotaph.
Burhanpur- Coming history and religion
Burhanpur is a historical city in Madhya Pradesh located on the northern banks of River Tapti. Burhanpur is renowned for its textiles industry. The place used to be the seat of Bohra Muslims centuries ago. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan spent many years here and also constructed the beautiful place, Shahi Qila here. It is said that he loved the place so much that he first wanted to the built the Taj Mahal here. Shahi Qila has some exquisite Hamams (bathing spaces), which were made for Mumtaz Mahal.
While there are historical monuments on one side, there are Sanskrit inscriptions in Jama Masjid on the other. This is a proof of the region’s cultural diversity. History also states that the 10th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh also visited Burhanpur and also stayed here. Hindu epic ‘Skanda Puran’ also mentions this place has a site of important events.
Places to see in Burhanpur
- The beautiful Jama Masjid with Sanskrit inscriptions,
- The ruins of Shahi Qila– the Dargah-e-Hakimi,
- A holy place for Dawoodi Bohra Muslims;
- Asirgarh Fort on Satpura hills and Burhanpur Gurudwara.
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