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Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev – Story Dhanusahatreshwar Form of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain

Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Glory of Sahastradanukeshwar form of Shiva is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Offering prayers to this form of Shiva will help in defeating enemies.

The temple dedicated to Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev is located near Girinari Hanuman in Ujjain city.

The single-dome small shrine has a small Shivling with Nandi facing it.

This form is worshipped for peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped for strength to overcome physical and mental struggles.

Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temple is Ujjain and it is the 63rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev

Legend has it that there once lived a king named Vidurath. During a hunting expedition, he happened to see a cave. A saint informed him that a demon named Kumjam uses it to come out from the netherworld. The saint asked the king to defeat the demon so that the area will be peaceful.

The king went back to his palace and informed his sons and ministers about the cave. When they were discussing the matter, a saint came and informed that demon Kumjam has kidnapped a girl from the area.

The king immediately asked his sons to attack and kill the demon.

The huge army of the king was defeated by the demon. Two sons of the king were taken prisoners.
The king did not know how to face the situation.

Suddenly Markandeya Rishi appeared in the palace and asked the king to offer prayers to a Shivling located in Mahakaal forest (present day Ujjain). The Rishi informed the king that after successful completion of his prayers, he would be presented with a bow and arrow with which he can defeat the powerful demon.

The king immediately went to Mahakaal forest and offered prayers to the Shivling. On the third day, he was present with a bow and arrow. The king then led an army against the demon and defeated him. The girl and the princes were rescued

As the king got Dhanus, or bow, after offering prayers to the Shivling, it came to be known as Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev.

It is believed that offer prayers here will help in defeating enemies. It is also believed that those who have darshan of the Shivling will never suffer in hell.