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Karketeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Karketeshwar Form of Shiva – 22nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Karketeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Karketeshwar Mahadev will be able to enjoy all sorts of pleasure on earth.

The temple dedicated to Karketeshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with a king whose previous birth was that of a crab.

Karketeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 22nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Karketeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Once there lived a famous king named Dharmamurti. He even helped Indra in defeating demons. One day the king wanted to know why he is able to achieve so much fame in this birth. He put the question before Sage Vasishta.

Sage Vasishta then narrated the story of his previous births. In his previous birth, King Dharmamurti was a crab. He had to take this birth due to the sins he had committed during earlier births.

As a crab, the king lived in Rudrasagar (pond) in Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain). One day the crab came out of water and it was picked up by a crow. The crow dropped the crab accidently on a Shivling located in Mahakaal Vana. The crab died instantly.

As the crab died on the Shivling, it got divine birth. First, it lived in heaven. Then it was born on earth as King Dharmamurti.

King Dharmamurti then went to Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain) and offered prayers to the Shivling and attained moksha. The Shivling on which the crab attained liberation came to be known as Karketeshwar Mahadev.