Harsiddhi Temple of Devi / Shakti Harsiddhi Marg, Jabsinghpura Road, Ujjain-462001

This temple is one of the shakthi peeth.In this place only sati's elbow fell down and worshiped as mangaladevi.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Harsiddhi Temple

Harsiddhi Temple is a Famous Temple in India. According to mythology lord Brahma performed a yagna to sacrifice shiva and shakthi. Goddess shakthi arise seperately from shiva and helped brahma for creating the universe. After completing the work brahma decided to give shakthi to shiva. At that time his son dhaksha performed many yaganas to get shakthi as his daughter in the form of sati and  planned to marry sati to shiva after getting into the world. But due to shivas curse to brahma was taht his fifth head was cut off due to his lie in front of shiva.by this incident dhaksha got angry on shiva and decided not to let sati and shiva get married. However sati got attarcted by shiva and got married. So dhaksha performed a yagna to take revenge on lord shiva.For that yagna he invites all the dieties except lord shiva so sati got angry and fallen into the yagna.By the insult of dhaksha towards shiva,Shiva in virabhadra avatar destroyed dhakshas yagna and also cut the dhakshas head and later replaced it by the male goat head. Still submerged in angry shiva carried the satis body and performed tandava, dance of destruction. All other gods requested vishnu to stop this destruction so vishnu used his sudharshana chakra and cut the satis body in numerous pieces. All the parts of the body fell in differnt places and it is called as shakthi peeth. At all the shakthi peeth goddess shakthis consort is accompained that is lord bhairava(shiva).

It is believed that in this Indian Temple only shakthi's elbow fell down and worshipped as mangaladevi. A rock smeared with turmeric powder and vermilion is placed center of this temple.It is believed that it represents the head of chandragupta vikramaditya, offered to goddess durga. This temple has two pine shaped lampstands at the height of 15 feet.Hundreds of lamps burning simultaneously make a wondrous sight, especially on Navaratri, the nine-day festival celebrated in the month of October and dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Yet another feature of the temple is the Shri Yantra, or nine triangles that represent nine names of Durga, a Hindu Goddess. A yantra is symbolic of the cosmos and is used for meditation. Each division of a yantra is symbolic of Shakti, the power of the cosmic energy that has to be propitiated with sacrifices. Also enshrined in this ancient Hindu temple is the famous dark vermilion image of Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment, seated next to Mahasaraswathi, the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge.

The main temple was located at the top of the hill facing the sea.It is believed that lord krishna worshipped her during his lifetime and has since been living atop hill called koyla dungar.He prayed amba mata to get power to kill asuras.After defeating the Asuras krishna built the temple. When Jarasandha was killed, all Yadavas over overjoyed (harshit) and they celebrated their success here, Hence called Harshad Mata or Harsiddhi Mata. She has since been worshiped as kuldevi of Yadavs.Seth Jagdu Shah of Kutch, a Jain merchant, was saved by Harsidhhi Mata, when his ships were sinking near the sea where her temple on the hill stood. He made a new temple in 1300AD below the hill and requested Devi to move down the hill, ever since many Jain castes worship her as Kuldevi. The idol of Jagdu Shah is also situated to the right of Goddess's idol inside the temple, which is also being worshiped as per boon given to Jagdu Shah that his name, henceforth, will forever be associated with this temple.

 

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