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Kakotishwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kakotishwar Form of Shiva – 10th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kakotishwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kakotishwar will be cured of all forms of poisoning including those of reptiles.

The temple dedicated to Kakotishwar Mahadev is located at Harsiddhi Temple Complex in Ujjain.
This form of Shiva is associated with naga Karkodaka.

Kakotishwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 10th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kakotishwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Legend has it that once Goddess Uma cursed the nagas that they will perish at the yajna of Janmajeya. Some Nagas led by Karkotaka approached Brahma who advised them to go to Mahakaal Vana and offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

Here, the nagas made a Shivling and offered prayers. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva gave the boon to Karkotaka that those nagas that followed Dharma would be rescued.

As Karkotaka offered prayers here, the Shivling came to be known as Kakotishwar Mahadev.