Mahakali temple is located on a small hillock anciently called as Ratnacha near the bank of the river (K)shipra in the northern corner of the district of Ujjaini in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India.
The local devotees call this goddess as Garh Kalika or Garh Kali and it is one of the eighteen Shakthi Peethas. According to the Hindu religious text, the Devi’s the Oordhvoshtha (Upper lip) has fallen in this spot. She is also regarded as the Shakti of Mahakala (Mahakaleshwar). It is to be noted that the great poet Kalidas has worshipped this Goddess.
The religious text mentions this temple in the line as Ujjayinyam mahakali mahakaleshvareshvari / Kshipratirasthita mata vanchitarthapradayini //.
The temple is situated in the Malwa platue on the “Tropic of cąncer”. In this temple, the idol of Mahakali is perfectly placed in between the idols of Saraswati and Mahalakshmi. The other temples located in this temple are the temple of Sthirman ganesh, Simheshwar Shiva linga and Hanumatkeshwar Shiva linga temple. In Sthala purana, it is mentioned as Mahakali, described as Chamunda or Rakta dantika.
In this temple, Navaratri festival is held every year in the month of Ashviyja. On the other hand, the famous japas conducted in this temple are Kama beejakshara japa, Navakshara mantra japa and Saptashati stotra pathana.
It is believed by the Hindu religious devotees that they get the grace of Mahakali if they visit the temple during the Ashadha Navaratri festival. A large number of devotees daily visit this temple during the time of regular prayers and rituals.
Address – Mahakali temple, Ratnacha, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Festivals in Ujjain Mahakali Temple..
Paush Purnima, Magha Purnima, Falguna Purnima, Chaitra Navratri (Vasant Navratri), Shravan Month, Ashwin Navratri (Sharad Navratri), Dussehra, Diwali, Kartik Month, Margashirsha Maas, etc are the festivals celebrated in this temple.