Harsidhimata temple, Mahakali temple

Harsidhimata temple, Mahakali temple

Madhya Pradesh , Ujjain

Shrine: Harsidhi mata

Along the banks of Kshipra, in  the holy city of Ujjain is the temple where the elbow of Goddess Sati is believed to have fallen. The Goddess here is Har Sidhi Mata, the one who fulfil the wishes of her devotees. Chandragupta Vikramaditya (reigned AD 380-415) was believed to have been an ardent devotee of the Goddess. Legend says that the King offered his head to the Goddess, but she made him alive by joining it back. This is the temple where the poet Kalidasa is believed to have been bestowed wisdom by the Devi.

Origin: The temple is believed to have built by Chandragupta Vikramaditya


There are different legends regarding the Goddess here.

According to one legend, Andhakasur the demon king who ruled the are had a boon that every drop of his blood that falls on the ground will be born as a new him. when Shiva killed Andhakasur with Trishul, Mahakali appeared and drank all the blood.  

Another legend describes that when Shiva and Parvati were alone in Mount Kailash, two demons forced their way in. Shiva called upon Chandi and she vanquished them Please, Shiva gave her the epithet of 'one who vanquishes all'

According to the Shiva Purana, when Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra cut the body of Sati devi, her elbow dropped at this place. Hence the temple is also regarded as a Shaktipeetha.

This temple is part of famous Shaktipeethas.


The highlights of the temple built during the Maratha period are the two pillars, that tower to a height of 15ft, adorned with lamps, the radiance of which  provides a visual spectacle when lit during  Navrathri. There is a rock smeared with turmeric and vermillion that is believed to represent the head of Chandragupta Vikramaditya. The shrine has a dark vermillion idol of Annapurna seated between Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswathi. The temple also has a Sri Yantra, or nine triangles that represent nine names of Durga. The roff of the temple is adorned with beautiful paintings. There is also a shrine for Shiva.

Darsan Info

Harsidhimata temple timings : 5:30 AM to 11.00 PM. The deepasthambha or the lamp pillars glows with the blaze of the lit lamps during the evening aarti.

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear traditional attire


Ujjain on the banks of Kshipra river was the capital of the Avanti Kingdom. It is a famous pilgrimage centre for Shaivites, Vaishnavite and followers of Shakthism. It is one of the places where Kumbh mela is held.

Language Spoken: Hindi

Location and Contact

Jaisinghpura, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

Contact Number : +91 096178 78975

Ways to Reach

Ujjain is well connected to all parts of MP and the country by rail/ road. The nearest airport is in Indore to which flights ply from major cities. The airport is 60kms from the temple with buses and taxis available for the journey.

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Min-Temparture 14.7oC 26oC 22.3oC 14.4oC

Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular pujas and rituals. Aarti is performed in the morning and evening

Special Rituals

There is a special ritual of offering alcohol to the Goddess

Pooja Timing

Harsidhimata temple timings : 5:30 AM to 11.00 PM

Regular Offerings

Saree, vermillion, ghee, sweets, flowers


October - Durga Puja

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Ujjain
  • Nearby Airport

  • Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport Indore
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Ujjain junction
  • Taxi Stand

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