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Kapaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kapaleshwar Form of Shiva – 8th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kapaleshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kapaleshwar Mahadev will have their wishes fulfilled. The temple dedicated to Kapaleshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Bilotipura in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with Kapali form of Shiva. Kapaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 8th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here. Story of Kapaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Shiva was roaming as Kapali when he came across a yajna. Kapli is the form of Shiva after he cut off the fifth head of Brahma. The head was stuck in his hand and he roamed over the earth to get rid of it. People who were conducting the yajna were not happy with the presence of Kapali. So they attempted to throw him out of the yajna area. Suddenly people saw thousands of Kapali in the yajna area. People realized that this was ca

Baba Mahendranath Temple at Siwan in Bihar

Baba Mahendranath Temple at Siwan in Bihar is famous throughout the region as people get relief from diseases after offering prayers here. People offer bells to the temple and bells of various size and shapes can be found in the temple premises. The shrine was built more than 500 years ago by King Mahendra Veer of Nepal. Legend has it that King Mahendra Veer of Nepal who was suffering from leprosy was on his way to Varanasi. He rested for a night at Siwan. Lord Shiva came in his dream and told that water in a nearby pond can cure him. The king bathed with the water from the pond and was cured. Next night he had another dream in which Shiva told him about a Shivling under a peepal tree. The king got the Shivling retrieved and he built a beautiful temple which is now known as the Baba Mahendranath Temple. The temple is built using Lakhori blocks and surkhi chuna. The sanctum sanctorum is carved out of a single rock. The main sanctum has a big dome with a gold kalasha and