Pratihareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Pratihareshwar Form of Shiva – 20th Shiva Temple in Ujjain



Pratihareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Pratihareshwar Mahadev will become wealthy.

The temple dedicated to Pratihareshwar Mahadev is located near the eastern door of Nagachandreshwar at Patni Bazar in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Nandi.

Pratihareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 20th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.


Story of Pratihareshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

After their marriage, Shiva and Goddess Parvati resided at the Mandiranchal Mountain. Nandi was asked to guard the entrance and not to let anyone inside.

The lovemaking of the divine couple continued for years. Devas were worried that the child that will result from the copulation will destroy the world.

So they decided to approach Shiva and find a solution.

When the Devas reached the Mandiranchal Mountain, Nandi did not let them inside.

Agni, the fire god, then took the form of a swan, went inside, and told Shiva that Devas were waiting for him outside.

Shiva met the Devas and promised him that there will be no harm to the world.

But Shiva was angry at Nandi for his negligence. He cursed Nandi to live on earth.

Devas who felt sorry for Nandi and asked him to offer prayers to a Shivling near the Nagachandreshwar Temple at Mahakaal Vana.

Nandi performed intense austerities and regained his previous status. As Nandi got his wish fulfilled, the Shivling came to be known as Pratihareshwar Mahadev.