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Gad Kalika Mandir (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh)

About

Gadkalika, situated about two miles from the present town, the deity in this temple is believed to have been worshiped by Kalidasa. The legend goes that he was an idiot and it is by this devotion to the goddess Kalika that he acquired great literary skill. Believed to have been frequented by Kalidasa, this temple was renovated by Harshavardhan in the 7th century AD, and again during the Paramara period. The temple has been rebuilt in the modern times by the erstwhile Gwalior State.

It is located on the suburban of Ujjain, Gadkalika Temple is devoted to Goddess Kalika. This pretty shrine holds an astonishing legend which states that, Kalidasa, the great poet had obtained his actual skills by his genuine devotion to this deity. Gadkalika temple is the temple where Kalidasa got his boon from Maa. The Maa with her beautiful eyes is a joy to behold. The present temple is not very old. It is believed that it stands in the same site where the older temple stood. During 7th century, Harshavardhana modernized the temple. The former Gwalior rulers rebuilt this holy shrine to its former glory. Digging which was held near the temple premises unearthed bricks, a part of the plinth and other sculptures that were affiliated to various periods.

The temple sits on a plinth in the centre of a small courtyard with rooms all around. A golden lion gazes into the sanctum of this single-celled temple. The idol of Kalika is red head wearing a silver crown. Legend has it that the genius of Kalidas blossomed only after he worshipped in this temple. An unusual feature of this temple is that its tower has red-and-white candy stripes painted horizontally on it. It also has a masonry Light Tower or deepstambh, presumably built when the Scindias renovated the temple.

Temple is dedicated to goddess Kalika. This pretty shrine holds an amazing legend which states that, Kalidasa, the great poet had acquired his literary skills by his sincere devotion to this deity. During 7th century, Harshavardhana renovated the temple. The erstwhile Gwalior rulers rebuilt this holy shrine to its former glory. Excavations held near the temple premises unearthed bricks, a part of the plinth and other sculptures that were belonged to various periods.

Located at a distance of around two miles from the city of Ujjain, the idol in the temple of Gadkalika is supposed to have been worshipped by Kalidasa. It is said that Kalidasa was an uneducated person and it was due to his dedication to Goddess Kalika that he earned her blessings and also acquired unparalleled literary skills. Gadkalika Temple is Famous Temple in Ujjain, You Can go Gadkalika Temple by citybus and Tempu.

Timing

Monday to Friday – 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Distance

  • From Delhi it is 829 KM away.
  • From Mumbai it is 671 KM away.
  • From Kolkata it is 16925 KM away.
  • From Chennai it is 1555 KM away.

Location

Urdupura, Ujjain,
Madhya Pradesh 456006.