India is a land of thirty three crore gods and goddesses that the Hindu religion is supposed to imbibe and worship, Nagchandreshwar being one of them. Nagchandreshwar is located on the third storey of Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. India is a unique manifestation of Hindu god Shiva and is a rare murti.
This rare murti of Shiva as Nagchandreshwar is open to darshan for devotees only on Nagpanchami in the month of Hindu holy month of shravan. Interestingly enough, in 2012 Nagchandreshwar darshan date was July 23 that just went by. Interested devotees and believers can look for a darshan online.
Nagchandreshwar Live Darshan at Ujjain :
This is a single naga temple whose doors are open for twenty four hours on the eve of Nagpanchami. Hordes of people gather in the temple since 12’o clock at night. This is truly miraculous as the naga culture in India is pretty ancient. The Naga akharas are defined according to different religious specifications and the nagchandreshwar darshan is considered to be significant for all the akharas. The Nagchandreshwar darshan happens only on one day of the year which is fifth day of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. In this form the Hindu god Shiva is more close to or associated with the nagas that is snakes and Chandra that is moon.
Thousands of devotees flock to Mahakaleshwar temple on that day for darshan of Shiva in the form of Nagchandreshwar. For those who cannot visit on this auspicious day various channels broadcast Nagchandreshwar mandir Ujjain live darshan.
The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh in India has three levels with Mahakaleshwar jyotirling being on first level, the Omakareshwar lingam being on the second level and the Nagchandreshwar lingam being on third or the top most level. There are several naga stones meant for worshipping in Hampi as well that are ancient. Historians date it back to the time when the Mahabharata was written.
This festival is unlike the processions that nagas undertake during the kumbh melas. This is a massive and an important affair but it involves a lot of devotion. There are many akharas such as sanyasi akharas, bajrani akharas, nirmal akharas etc that are further subdivided into groups and divisions. The uniqueness of this community is that every naga is said to represent Lord Shiva in themselves. They take pride in meditation and staying aloof from the marital strains of the society.
It is said that worshipping the Nagchandreshwar temple relieves one of all the grief’s and pangs of life. Such is the belief and it is very strong in the naga communities in India. As per the age old tradition the doors of the temple open at 12 in Read the full article »
Mahakaleshwar is one of the most famous Hindu temples of lord Shiva and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingams which are special most sacred abodes of lord Shiva. It is in the ancient city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is situated on the banks of Rudra Sagar Lake. The deity is believed to be Swayambhu i.e deriving currents of power from within instead of from tantras as per other images.
The idol of Mahakaleshwar is facing south so it is called Dakshinmurti. This is a unique feature. It is upheld by the tantric shivnetra tradition which is found only in Mahakaleshwar among the 12 Jyotirlingams. Above the mahakal shrine is the idol of Omakareshwar mahadev in a sanctum. In the west north and east of the sanctum are images of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikey. The image of the vehicle of Lord Shiva- Nandi is to the south. On the third storey is the idol of Nagchandreshwar which is open for darshan only on Nag Panchmi. The temple has five floors. One floor is underground.
Mahakaleshwar Temple Live Darshan :
Every year thousands of devotees come for Mahakaleshwar Darshan and offer their prayers. The temple is in a large spacious courtyard that is surrounded by massive walls near the lake. The top of the shrine that is the Shikhar is adorned with sculptural finery. The way to the underground sanctum is lit by beautiful brass lamps. Unlike any other shrines, here, it is believed that the prasad offered to the deity can be re-offered.
In the city of Ujjain the presiding deity of time Shiva, in all his splendor reigns eternally. The Mahakaleshwar darshan is
the must do pilgrimage for devotees of lord Shiva. The temple of Mahakaleshwar with its Shikhar soaring in the sky is an imposing façade and it evokes primordial awe and reverence with its majesty. A huge fair is held near the temple on the day of Maha Shivratri and the worship goes on throughout the night.
People from all over the world come for Mahakaleshwar darshan due to its rich history and religious value. In 1234-5 the temple complex was destroyed by sultan Iltutmish during his raid of Ujjain. Srimant Raanojirao Shinde Maharaj Scindias built the present structure in 1736 AD.
Further developments and management was later on done by two rulers. They were Shreenath Mahadji Shinde Maharaja who was also known as Madhavrao the first. He ruled from 14-01-1761 to 13-02-1794. The other ruler to carry on developments was Shrimant Maharani Bayzabai Raje Shinde.
In the rule of Maharaja Jayaajirao Saheb Shinde Alijah Bahadur till 1886 many major programmes of the Gwalior Riyasat were held in this temple premises. Later on after independence the Dev Sthan Trust was replaced by the municipal Read the full article »