sages, gods and goddesses, Yaksas, Kinnaras etc. practiced tapas in this Vana in ancient times. It had been
this vana where Lord Siva exhibited several
super-natural deeds by his divine
power, thus justifying His Mahadeva name. Thousands of Siva
lingas existed and
were worshipped in this Vana,
In this Ksetra,
Mahakala, after beheading Brahma and crushing His kapala (fore head) performed the penance, Mahakala
Vana and Avantika both have been very beloved to
the Lord. Hence, he is the eternal
conscious body of this Ksetra,
Due to this fact, Avantika is regarded as super most among
all the Tirthas.
It had been this Mahakala
Vana where Lord Visnu,
on the request of Brahma,
seated on the Asana of the Kusha grass for the welfare of all the
beings, Therefore, this town was
also known as Kusasthali. Needless
to mention that this territory
had been very favourite to the
Divine Trinity-Brahma, Visnu and Mahesha.
So for as the name Ujjayini is concerned, the Puranic legends tell that one Tripura demon, being blessed by Brahma,
turned very cruel and tyrannical
towards the gods and their followers.
Ultimately, all the celestial
powers requested Lord Siva to protect them from the evil
deeds of Tripura.
Lord Siva worshipped the goddess Raktadantika and after pleasing her received
the great weapon Mahapasupatastra,
by the strike of which the demon
was killed. As a result of this Vijaya (victory) the town became popular
as Ujjaiyini or Ujjain.
According to Matsya
Purana, the demon Andhaka was
also killed by Lord Siva in this Mahakala
Vana. It also had
been the territory where