Ujjain has an ancient history whose cultural impact is showcased even today. The ancient martial arts Hingot and Akharas are a speciality of this region which are prevalent even today. The religious impact of the city is the most important part of its cultural heritage. The world famous Kumbh Mela that takes place once in every twelve years and only in four places in the world, is held in Ujjain. Devotees from across the globe visit this city during this time and bathe in the holy waters. \n\nShiv Ratri is a significant festival celebrated in Ujjain due to the presence of Mahakaleshwar. This again is one of the only twelve shrines of its type across the world devoted to Lord Shiva and is of great importance. Holi, Diwali and Dussherra are the other main festivals celebrated here. A centre of learning during ancient times, Ujjain carries the legacy of being home to the great Kalidasa, Dhanvantari, Patanjali and the likes.
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