Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kukkuteshwar Mahadev will get sins of their ancestors absolved.
The temple dedicated to Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is located on the Gandhavati Ghat on the banks of Shipra River in Ujjain.
This form of Shiva is associated with a king who used to take the form of a cock at night.
Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 21st temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.
Story of Kukkuteshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
There lived a king named Kroushik. He was very popular with his subjects due to his efficient rule. But the king used to get transformed into a cock at night. The queen was therefore unhappy.
She consulted a saint who told her that the king was suffering from a curse of his previous birth.
To get rid of the curse, the king was asked to offer prayers at Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain). The royal couple offered prayers to a Shivling directed by the saint.
A few days later at night, the king did not change his form into a cock. He was happy and continued with his intense austerities and attained moksha.