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Kameshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Mann Kamneshwar Form of Shiva – 13th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kameshwar Mahadev, or Mann Kamneshwar, is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Man Kamneshwar will be blessed with prosperity.

The temple dedicated to Kameshwar Mahadev is located at Gandhavati ghat on the bank of Shipra River in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with God Kamdev.

Kameshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 13th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kameshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
After the death of Sati at Daksha Yajna, Lord Shiva entered into deep and intense meditation in the Himalayas. He was no longer interested in the world.

Demons took advantage of the situation and got the boon that only a son of Shiva would annihilate them.

Devas were in deep trouble because of this. Devas and saints took refuge at the feet of Brahma who told that the only solution for this problem was to bring back Lord Shiva to the world and stop his penance.

Brahma asked the gods to take the help of Kamdev to stop the penance by creating sexual desire and passion in Lord Shiva.

Kamdev arrived in front of Shiva along with Rati Devi, and shot five arrows of flowers at the heart of Shiva.

Shiva’s Tapas was interrupted. He was terribly angry and from his third eye, a fierce blazing flame appeared and burned Kamdev into ashes.

Rati Devi was inconsolable at the death of her husband. She asked Shiva as to what will happen to the world without desire. With the death of Kamdev there will be no desire or lust on earth. Her lamentations moved Shiva who realized that total rejection of the world made no sense.

Shiva then consoled Rati that Kamdev will exist without body. He will be Ananga.

Shiva asked Kamdev to go to Mahkaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and offer prayers. He will be able to have his wishes fulfilled after offering prayers here.

The Shivling to which Kamdev offered prayers came to be known as Kameshwar Mahadev.

It is said that those offering prayers and having darshan of Kameshwar Mahadev on Chaitra Shukla Paksha trayodasi will be blessed with stay in heaven.