Markandeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Markandeshwar form of Shiva will get healthy and intelligent children.
The temple dedicated to Markandeshwar Mahadev is located behind the Ram Janardan temple complex.
This form of Shiva is associated with Rishi Markandeya and devotee Mukand.
Markandeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 36th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.
Story of Markandeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Mukand was an ardent devotee of Shiva. But he did not have any children. To overcome this, he performed intense austerities in the Himalayas. Pleased with his devotion, Shiva asked him to offer prayers to a Shivling located north of Pattaneshwar in Mahakaal Van (present day Ujjain).
Mukand went to Ujjain and performed austerities at the Shivling. Shiva and Parvati appeared from the Shivling and blessed him with healthy and intelligent children.
Quickly after this divine incident, Sage Markandeya appeared there and offered prayers to the Shivling. Shiva was pleased with Sage Markandeya and told him that the Shivling will be known by his name and those who offer prayers here will lead a good and healthy life on earth.