Anarkeshwar 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 Anarkeshwar Mahadev will have their sins cleansed and will attain moksha or liberation.
The temple dedicated to Anarkeshwar Mahadev is located at Gada Lot Kund near Makoria Am – Indira Nagar in Ujjain.
This form of Shiva is associated with King Nimi.
Anarkeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 27th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.
Story of Anarkeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Due to his piety and holiness, King Nimi, after his death, was being taken to heaven directly by the soldiers of Yama. On his way, he happened to witness people suffering in hell. When Nimi passed through the hell, the living beings in it found some relief.
So they asked Nimi to stand there and give them relief.
King Nimi then asked Lord Yama how he is able to give relief to the people suffering in hell.
Yama told King Nimi that he had worshiped Anarkeshwar Mahadev at Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain). The punya that he had earned due to the worship is helping the people suffering in hell.
King Nimi then gave away all the punya that he had attained through the worship of Anarkeshwar Mahadev. He was thus able to save all of the people in hell.
The popular belief is that those who offer prayers to Anarkeshwar Mahadev will get sin redemption and will attain heaven.