--> Skip to main content

Rupeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Roopeshwar Form of Shiva - 62nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Rupeshwar Mahadev Mahadev is one of the manifestations of Shiva. Information about this form of Shiva is found in the Skanda Purana. Roopeshwar Mahadev Shivling is worshipped at Singhpuri in Ujjain. It is one of the 84 Mahadev Temples in Ujjain.

Information about Rupeshwar Mahadev is rare and what little we know is found in the Skanda Purana.

Shiva as Rupeshwar is associated with giving beautiful form. Offering prayers will make women beautiful and men handsome. It is also believed that those who offer puja here will attain Shivlok after death.

This is a very small shrine with a Shivling and Nandi facing it.

Rupeshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 Mahadev temples in Ujjain and it is the 62nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Roopeshwar Form of Shiva

Once there lived a king named Pankh. During a hunting expedition, the king was lost in the forest and ended up in an Ashram. Here a beautiful girl received the king. She introduced herself as the daughter of Sage Kanva.

The king was smitten by the heavenly beauty of the girl and asked her to marry him.
The girl told the king that he had to wait for her father to return as only he can give her hand in marriage.

The king was impatient and asked the girl permission to perform Gandharva Marriage.
The girl agreed and the marriage was consummated.

Sage Kanva returned and when realized what had happened; he cursed the king and his daughter to become deformed and ugly.

The couple asked for forgiveness. Sage Kanva was overpowered by fatherly love. He asked the couple to immediately to go Mahakal forest and perform pujas and austerities to a Shivling located north of Pashupateshwar Mahadev.

The couple performed pujas as told by the Sage and regained their previous form. The girl become more beautiful and the king became even more handsome.

As the king and his wife regained their natural form, the Shivling came to be known as Roopeshwar Mahadev.