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 »
Lord Shiva is popularly known as Mahakal and the Jyotirlinge situated in Ujjain is known as Mahakaleshwar. Ujjain is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and is well connected with all the main cities of Madhya Pradesh. The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain is one of the most important pilgrimages of the Hindus.
The eminent, unique ‘Bhasma Aarti’ is a ritual which is performed only at this temple and huge multitude of devotees visit Ujjain for the live darshan of this explicit Aarti. Ash is collected from the funeral pyres and offered to the deity.
Shiva is the God of Death and welcomes this Bhasma Aarti. This Bhasma Aarti is the first morning Aarti performed daily.
Mahakaleshwar Temple In Ujjain:
There are two modes to view the live darshan. The free darshan entry is for those who do not want to pay and may have to wait in a queue. The VIP ticket enables a devotee to quicker live darshan. The VIP ticket holders have to wear traditional dhoti and saris. The VIP ticket can be accessed only between 12 noon to 2 p.m. 100 free darshan seekers are allowed at a time in the temple.
The temple has a popular, expedient site- www.mahakaleshwar.nic.in which provides all the imperative information and details of significant rituals and ceremonies. Abhishek which takes place daily from 4 am to 5 pm attracts the devotees and can be viewed online.
Cameras, leather belts and wallets, cell phones are prohibited in the temple premises. Information about the rituals can be accessed by email. The Email of Mahakaleshwar temple is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nagpanchami is an auspicious day and since Lord Shiva carries a snake around his neck, Nagpanchami is associated with Lord Shiva. Devotees throng this temple on the propitious day of Nagpanchami when the idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third level of the temple is open for live darshan.