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Kukkuteshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kukkuteshwar Form of Shiva – 21st Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kukkuteshwar Mahadev will get sins of their ancestors absolved.

The temple dedicated to Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is located on the Gandhavati Ghat on the banks of Shipra River in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with a king who used to take the form of a cock at night.

Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 21st temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kukkuteshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

There lived a king named Kroushik. He was very popular with his subjects due to his efficient rule. But the king used to get transformed into a cock at night. The queen was therefore unhappy.

She consulted a saint who told her that the king was suffering from a curse of his previous birth.

To get rid of the curse, the king was asked to offer prayers at Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain).  …

Upa Puranas – About Hindu Scriptures Upapuranas

Upa Puranas occupy a very important place among Hindu scriptures. There are about eighteen or even more Upapuranas or minor Puranas. They are equally important as the major puranas but some scholars treat them with lesser importance.

Majority of the Upapuranas appeared several centuries after the Mahapuranas or eighteen major Puranas. But there are some minor puranas whose antiquity is as same as the major puranas like Narasimha, Nandi, Samba and Aditya Puranas.

Most of the Upa Puranas are treated as less important because they are taken as subsections of major puranas.

The eighteen Upapuranas are Santakumara, Narasimha, Skanda,Sivadharma, Ascharya, Naradiya, Kapila, Vamana, Asunas, Brahmanda, Varuna, Kalika, Maheshwara, Samba, Saura, Parasara, Maricha and Bhargava.

The contents of the minor puranas are generally the same as those of the major Puranas.

On the unstill mind – Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya

What is the obstacle to one-pointed meditation? The answer is the unstill mind.

All problems are caused by the mind, by the desires arising in it. It is not easy to control the mind and keep it away effectively from desire.

If we ask the mind to think of an object, it seems to obey us for a moment, but soon it takes its own course, wandering off. The mind must be kept under control. Thinking and non-thinking must be governed by your will. Only then can we calm that it is under our control, that we are masters of our own consciousness.
Now we keep crying for no reason. If the mind is under control, we will keep smiling even if there is cause for much sorrow. And under the gravest of provocations it will not be roused to anger and will remain calm.
– Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya