Lord Shiva is fondly addressed as ‘Bhole Baabaa’ by His devotees because he bestows His bliss indiscriminately and gets appeased with the pouring of water or milk. Shiva is tender and His devotees love him. He is also ‘’severe’, yet, people adore Him because of the tenderness underlying His apparent severity. Shiva means ‘welfare’. He showers dakshina or compassion on all human creation. He gives opportunity for experiencing the sweet joy of fulfillment of all longings of His devotees. Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh is the right destination for getting baba’s bliss.
Shiva signifies eternal consciousness that resides in all. Of the trinity, He represents destruction and also known as Ashutosh because he can be pleased easily. He is our inner self. He is ‘Sadashiva because he utilizes His whole life for the sole purpose of advancing the cause of universal welfare, of all living beings. He is therefore also known as Kalyanasunderam. Those who want to grow out of the oblivion of existential darkness into the warmth of life for experiencing the ultimate fulfillment of their life’s urges must pay a visit to the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain.
The term Shiva is disyllabic; ‘Shi’ and ‘va’ which means the ‘Redeemer of Sins’ and the ‘Liberator of Sufferings’. It is mentioned in the Shvetashvetara Upanishad that Shiva is minuter than the minutest and is considered as a cosmic divine dot; a point or seed of cosmic creation, sustenance and conclusion. In Shivapurana, the form of Shiva has been described as oval or in the shape of ‘Jyotirlinga’.
In Sanskrit, the suffix ‘Linga’ signifies a mark, sign, symbol, characteristic or quality of an entity having two phonetic parts; ‘lin’ or laya and gam or agman. Laya refers to the process of destruction and ‘agman’ refers to ‘recreation’ which Shiva epitomizes. Shiva is beyond the three attributes of Satva, Rajas and Tamas. With Rajas, He creates in the form of Brahma. With Satva, he preserves in the form of Vishnu and with Tamas, he destroys in the form of Rudra. One can experience this, at the Kaal Bhairava Temple at Ujjain.
Ganesha’s trunk is symbolic of the fact that a wise person has immense strength and fine discrimination. His large ears symbolizes that wise person listens to all. He is quadruple-handed. First hand with a lotus symbolizes enlightenment. The second hand holding a hatchet symbolizes the past good and bad deeds and sanskaras that get cut with advent of enlightenment. The third hand holds laddus that are the rewards of a wise life. The fourth hand showers blessings on people that anyone can get by visiting either the Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir or Chintaman Ganesh at Ujjain.
While at Ujjain, tourists never miss to visit the Bhartrihari Caves, on the bank of the river Shipra Pir Matsyendranath’s holy shrine, Durgadas ki Chhatri, the Kalideh Palace, Harsiddhi Temple, the sacred banyan tree Sidhavat, Sandipani Ashram, Gadkalika Temple, Mangalnath Temple, Navagraha Mandir and the Veda Shala observatory.
Anyone seeking for the closer companionship of the Supreme Soul, Shiva, for weeding out unwanted, negative personal traits, habits, leanings and dependencies must pay a visit to the sacred land of Ujjain.