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Khandeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Khandeshwar Form of Shiva – 31st Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Khandeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Khandeshwar will have desire fulfillment. The temple dedicated to Khandeshwar Mahadev is located at Khilchipur in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated King Bhadra Shiv.

Khandeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 31st temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Khandeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Legend has it that there lived a king named Bhadrashiv. He happened to hear the story of his previous life from Sage Agastya. He learned that he was born as a king due to the blessing of Shiva.

The king then went to Mahakaal Vana, present day Ujjain, and performed Khand Vrat. The king attained boons of Moksha from Shiva due to observing the Vrat.
As the king observed Khand Vrat to the Shivling it came to be known as Khandeshwar Mahadev.

Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple at Cherukunnu in Kannur in Kerala

Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple at Cherukunnu is one of the 108 Durga Temples in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Annapurneshwari, who is the goddess of food and prosperity. Cherukunnu Village is located around 7 km from Pappinissery.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati once heard about the prosperous Kolattunadu (northern Kerala) and wanted to visit the place. She arrived on a golden ship built by Vishwakarma, the divine architect. The king requested Goddess Parvati to bless the people of the land. Mother Goddess then assumed the form of Goddess Annapurneshwari and settled down in the forecourt of the Sri Krishna Temple at Cherukunnu.
It is said that once a poor man who was hungry reached the temple at an odd hour and asked for food. It is said that he was fed miraculously. From that day, a custom was started in temple to keep some food ready for untimely visitors. It continues even today.

Before closing the temple, the authorities enquire if there are any hungry people around.

Experiencing the light of God means having a sense of recognition – Dadi Janki

God has so many beautiful qualities: peace, joy, love, purity, strength, truth… I have always wanted to have the same attributes in my own life; however, despite my devotion to God for all those years, those qualities were difficult to cultivate, and instead I harbored a lot of fear, attachment, and worry.
Yet, as soon as I had that moment of recognition, as soon as I said, “God, I belong to you,” it was as if those godly qualities started to emerge within me and my negative tendencies began to leave – I simply no longer claimed ownership of them.

When I talk about seeing the Light of God, I do not mean seeing a flash of light. When the third eye of wisdom opens, it is also called light – the light of knowledge and the light of understanding. That light allowed me to remember – that is, to recognize – my own true self and my own true parent.

Experiencing the light of God means having a sense of recognition – something inside you shifts. An understanding from deep within begins to sur…