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Akrureshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Akrureshwar Form of Shiva – 39th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Akrureshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Akrureshwar form of Shiva will help in attaining Shivalok.

The temple dedicated to Akrureshwar Mahadev is located in the Ram Janardan temple complex.
This form of Shiva is associated with Akrur Shiva Gana.

Akrureshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 39th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Akrureshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Akrur was a Shiva Gana but he never worshipped Goddess Parvati. He constantly meditated on Shiva. Goddess Parvati tried to make him understand that it she who nourishes all beings. But Arkur was not ready to listen to her.

One day, an angry Goddess Parvati cursed him to be born on earth. Akrur immediately fell from the Kailash.

On earth, he performed intense austerities. Shiva then appeared before him and asked him to offer prayers to Goddess Parvati as only she can relieve him from the curse.

Akrur then offered prayers to Goddess Parvati. She appeared before him and asked him to go to Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and worship a Shivling there.

The Shiva Gana went to Mahakaal Vana and offered pujas to a Shivling he made. Soon Shiva appeared in the form of Ardhanarishwara and gave him mukti.

As Akrur got moksha, the Shivling he worshipped came to be known as Akrureshwar Mahadev.

It is believed that those who offer prayers her will attain moksha and will have all their sins cleansed.