Bade Ganesh ji Ki Mandir in Ujjain is situated near the tank of the Mahakaleshwar
Temple which houses a massive statue of the elephant-headed God of Wisdom and
Prosperity, Ganesha. The Bade Ganesha Ji Temple of Ujjain is an Institute for teaching
astrology and Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language considered the root of other Indian
History of the Temple
Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir very much glorifies the city of Ujjain. Lord Ganesh is
considered to be the most benevolent God who blesses his followers with wealth and
prosperity. The Lord has a very sweet figure with a tusk of an elephant and is
considered to be the most favorite son of Parvati, or Goddess Durga.
The head of the elephant of the Lord symbolises sagacity, prudence and forethought
that the Hindus attribute to divinity. In the middle of this Ganesha temple lies a unique
idol of loyalty and faith, that of the monkey-god, Hanuman.
Nowhere else in the country but in this temple Hanuman is depicted with five faces
known as Panchamukhi (five-faced), Lord Hanuman here symbolises courage, loyalty,
devotion, strength, and righteousness. This Ganesha temple is also an important centre
of learning, it reflects on the status of temples in ancient Vedic times, circa 1500 b.c.
when houses of prayer were study centres too. This practice is been prevalent even
today in the South Indian temple complexes where idols are worshiped and religious
teachings are imparted.