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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh – One of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Among the twelve Jyotirlingas the one of the most important Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva is Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, which is said to be the most sacred abodes of Shiva. It is located in the ancient city of Ujjain which is also known as “City of Temples”. It is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is situated on the side of the holy river Shipra.

The Unique feature about this temple is that the idol of Shiva is South facing i.e. Dakshinamukhi rest all 11 Jyotirlingas are facing east. This is because the direction of death is believed to be the south. As one can say that people worship Mahakaleshwar to prevent an untimely death.

This temple was built by Prajapita Brahma. It was built in the 6th Century by Runarasena, the son of a former king of Ujjain, Chandpradyot.

Mahakaleshwer Ujjain

One of the major attractions of this temple is “Bhasma Aarti”, which happens daily at 4 A.M. The divine ceremony includes worshipping the idol with holy ash brought from the ghats & applied with sacred chants. Mahakaleshwar temple is the only Jyotirlinga temple where this aarti is performed.

There is one more amazing fact behind the Mahakal temple that is Mahakal or lord shiva is the king of Ujjain and another ruler (CM or members of royal family) can’t stay during the night in the city. If they do so something bad will happen to them.

The two main festivals that are celebrated grandly & a lot of tourists plant heir visit at that time are “Nitya Yatra” and Sawari.

Nitya Yatra – On this festival, the main yatri takes a both in holy sipra & then visits the idols of Goddess Mahakaleshwar, Harasiddhi, Nagachandresuara, goddess Avantika, Koteswara & Agastyesvara for seeking blessings.

Sawari – The sacred procession passes through the streets of Ujjain every Monday. This procession is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the one which is organized on the fortnight of Bhadrapada is celebrated with great excitement and zeal.

In 2022 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of “Shri Mahakal Lok” Corridor. It was the third “Jyotirlinga” site to see a major upliftment, it is 800 crore project. Its size is four times the size of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor.

The Mahakal Lok Corridor measures over 900 metres in length. Entry is through two majestic gateways, the Nandi Dwar and the Pinaki Dwar. There are 108 ornate sandstone columns in a row, with the trishul design on top & various mudras of lord Shiva etched on the pillars. The corridor is surrounded by the old Rudrasagar lake, which is also part of the development project.

Bhasam Aarti Mahakaleshwer Ujjain

Once we enter in the corridor we will see 192 statues, 53 Murals & 108 stambhs that display stories about Shiva from the scriptures.

Mens have to wear a traditional dhoti and women must wear a sari. People start lining up at the temple from around 1 A.M to gain entry.

Cell phones & Cameras are not permitted inside the temple premises.

On the day of Maha Shivratri, a huge fair is held near the temple & worship goes on through the night.

The redevelopment plan focuses on the beautification, expansion & decongestion of Ujjains Mahakaleshwar temple and surrounding area.

Mahakaleshwer Jyotirlingam Ujjan

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