Seven Lakes in Ujjain – Location and Unique Offerings Made at the Seven Holy Spots

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There are seven holy lakes (water bodies or ponds) in Ujjain. Unique offerings are made here. The seven lakes are:

  1. Rudra Sagar
  2. Pushkar Sagar
  3. Kshir Sagar
  4. Govardhan Sagar
  5. Vishnu Sagar
  6. Purushottam Sagar
  7. Ratnakar Sagar

Rudra Sagar is located between Harsiddhi and Mahakaleshwar temples. The main offerings here are salt and idols of Nandi.

Pushkar Sagar is located north of Sakhipur at Nalia Bakhal. The offerings here are yellow cloth and chana ki dal.

Kshir Sagar is located near Yogeshwar Tekri on Nai Sarak. Offerings here include milk, utensils and gold.

Govardhan Sagar is located at nikas chowraka. Offerings here include butter, sugar cakes, pot filled with molasses and red cloth.

Vishnu Sagar is located between Ram Janardan Mandir and Sandipani Ashram. Offerings here are idols of Vishnu, panchapatra, tarbhana and achmani.

Purushottam Saga is located between Idgah and Purushottam temple near Indira Nagar colony. Offering here is Malpua put in a chalni.

Ratnakar Sagar is located at Undasa Village. Clothes of women, cosmetics and pancharatna.

WHY GANGAJAL (HOLY WATER FROM GANGA )IS POURED ON SHIVLING IN THE MONTH OF SHRAVAN…

Millions of Hindu devotees visit Shiva temples in the Hindi month of Shravan in North India and offer Gangajal or holy water from River Ganga, to Lord Shiva. The water is used to bath Shivling at temples, sacred places and in homes. Shrawan Month, also referred as Saawan, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Mondays, or Somwar, in the month are considered highly auspicious.
The famous Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) episode in Hinduism took place in the Shravan month and among the things that came out during the churning were 14 types of rubies. Gods (Devas) and demons (Asuras) who were churning the ocean distributed 13 rubies among them. The 14th ruby was the poison called ‘halahal’ and it had the power to destroy all the living beings. Lord Shiva drank ‘halahal’ to save the world and it was stored in his throat and from this day Lord Shiva came to be known as Neelkanth.

To reduce the effect of poison ‘halahal’ on Shiva all the Devas that were witnessing the Samudra Manthan poured Gangajal on Shiva. This tradition is even today continued in most of the major temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This ritual is widely performed in the Shravan month in North India by Hindu devotees.It is widely believed that Lord Shiva blesses those who bath him in holy water from River Ganga. Kanwarias in large number visit Shiva shrines like Baba Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar and Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the month.

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