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Rameshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Rameshwar Form of Shiva – 29th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Rameshwar 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 Rameshwar Mahadev will get relief from all forms of sin. The temple dedicated to Rameshwar Mahadev is located near the Sati Darwaja in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with Parashuram, the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Rameshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 29th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here. Story of Rameshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Parashuram went around the world and annihilated thousands of kings who followed Adharma. Finally, when he took rest and he wanted to know how to wash away the sins he had committed of unknowingly killing innocent people during his campaign to get rid of Adharma. Indra, the king of Devas, asked him to distribute the punya that he will receive after having darshan of Shiva to get rid of the sin. Parashuram t

Bhedaghat Yogini Temple – 64 Yogini Temple at Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh

Bhedaghat Yogini Temple is located on the banks of Narmada River at Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh. The shrine is dedicated to yoginis and is around 5 km from Jabalpur. There are usually 64 yoginis but at Bhedaghat there are 81 Yoginis. This is the largest known Yogini Temple in the world. The concept of 81 Yoginis is based Mattottara Tantra – a medieval tantric text from Nepal. The temple is in a dilapidated condition. The original murtis of yoginis belonged to the 10th century AD. They were mostly seated on animal mounts placed over inscribed pedestals and were heavily bejeweled. Of the nine main matrikas, seven can be identified (Brahmi, Maheshwari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chandika ; two are missing (Chamunda and Mahalakshmi) and Kaumari of this group is traced to a nearby place called Mandla. Among the 81 Matrikas only 49 have been identified. Notable among them are Mahishasuramardini, Kamada and Sarvatomukhi.