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Someshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Someshwar Form of Shiva – 26th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Someshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Someshwar Mahadev is offered prayers to attain moksha or liberation. The temple dedicated to Someshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth (Rajputh Dharmasala at Bilotipura) in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with the curse of Daksha Prajapati on Chandra or the moon good. Someshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 26th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here. Story of Someshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that Daksha Prajapati, the master of civilization, married twenty seven of his daughters – the Nakshatras, lunar asterisms - to Chandra – the moon god. But Chandra was attracted by the beauty of only Rohini Nakshatra and ignored the other stars. The disappointed daughters complained to Daksha about Chandra’s favoritism for Rohini. This behavior of the moon god angered Das

Sankarankovil Temple – Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple at Sankarankovil in Tamil Nadu

Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple, popularly known as Sankarankovil, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu – both the deities are worshipped in the combined form known as Sankara Narayana Swamy. Sankarankovil Temple is 120 km from Madurai, 30 km from Rajapalayam and 56 km from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati asked Shiva to stop the fight among Shaiva and Vaishnava devotees. Shiva then appeared as Shankara Narayana Swamy. Legend has it that the murti worshipped in the shrine was discovered by a king when his elephant accidently stamped on an ant hill. The main murti worshipped in the shrine is in the form of a Shivling. This is also the combined form of Shiva and Vishnu. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Gouthami. The main subsidiary deities in the shrine are Ganesha, Muruga, Nagas, and forms of Shiva and Goddess Shakti. The holy tank in the shrine is known as Nagasunai. It was dug by nagas. The water in the tank has curative