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.