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Siddheshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Siddheshwar Form of Shiva – 11th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Siddheshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Siddheshwar will be blessed with various Siddhis. The temple dedicated to Siddheshwar Mahadev is located at Siddhanath in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with a pious man named Ekachitra. Siddheshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 11th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here. Story of Siddheshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Ekachitra did intense penance for several years but he was not able to achieve anything. He became angry and started criticizing gods and their worship. He soon turned into a nonbeliever. Then one day Ekachitra had a dream. In it he was asked to go to Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and offer prayers to a particular Shivling. Ekachitra discovered the Shivling in Mahakaal Vana and offered prayers. Soon he attained various Siddhis

Garuda Temple in Kerala - Triprangode Garuda Temple in Malappuram District in Kerala - Garudan Kavu

An exclusive temple dedicated to Garuda , the half eagle half man, is very rare. One such rare Garuda Temple is located at Triprangode in Malappuram District in Kerala. The temple is located around 8 km from Tirur Railway Station and it is around 5 km from Thirunavaya . The temple is also known as Garudan Kavu. The main murti worshipped in the shrine is Vishnu but the Upa Devata Garuda is more famous.  Vishnu worshipped in the temple is of Kurma Avatar. As the sankalpam is of white turtle the shrine is also known as Vellammasseri Garudan Kavu. Vishnu faces east and Garuda faces west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple include Kartaviryarjuna, Shankaranarayana, Shiva, Ganapathy, Vettakkorumakan and Ayyappa.  As per history this is shrine belonged to the old Vettathu Nadu. There is no festival observed in the temple.  A Kerala temple ritual known as Mutta Vazhipadu was observed in the temple to find solution to all kinds of Sarpa Dosham. The temple was completely destroyed by T