Ujjain is a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Previously known as Ujain, Ujjayini, Avanti and Avantikapuri, the city commands the great religious and historical importance. Stunningly serenaded by the Kshipra River the city commands a great importance for Hindu devotees. Owing to its importance the city has found mention in the various hindu epic literatures including Mahabharata. The city has served as the capital of Avanti Kingdom in ancient times. Due to its prominence latest news from Ujjain is very common.
The city is put in high esteem as one of seven holy cities for the Hindus, and it is one of the four sights of Kumbh Mela. The city housing Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, is highly frequented by devotees for its religious significance. It is the place where Lord Krishna got his initial teaching alongwith brother Balram and friend Sudama.
There is a very interesting legend attached to the name Ujjain. According to it, king Shiva of Avanti in order to celebrate his triumph over the demon-king of Tripura, changed the name of his capital from Avantipura to Ujjayini.
The city is conveniently connected with other parts of the country by excellent road and rail networks, but it is devoid of an airport. The nearest airport to the city is Indore, which is at a distance of about 52 Km.
The economy of Ujjain is mainly based on its great tourism potential as people keep thronging to this city to discover it in new ways. During their trip to Ujjain the tourists can explore the various tourist attractions that include Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, Chintaman Ganesh, Pir Matsyendranath, Chhatri, Harsiddhi Temple, Siddhavat, Kal Bhairava, Sandipani Ashram, Gadkalika, Mangalnath, Gopal Mandir, Navagraha Mandir (Triveni), Mahakaleshwar, The Vedha Shala (Observatory, Vikram Kirti Mandir, Vikram University, Kalidasa Academy, Ram Janardhan Temple, Ram Ghat, Harihara Teertha, Mallikarjuna Teertha, and various other tourist attractions. Apart from these, the tourist can also go for excursions in vicinity. There are accommodations for every whim and budget in the city of Ujjain.
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