Mahakaleshwar temple is a popular pilgrimage place among Hindus and situated in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This holy shrine is considered among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Mahakaleshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also believed that this holy temple is among the Tantra temples of India. In Mahakaleshwar temple, an idol of Mahakaleshwar is South-facing and for this reason, it is also known as dakshinamurti. Many devotees come to visit the Mahakaleshwar temple from all the parts of India and from other countries too. Mahakal Lingam is believed to be formed or born on its own so that it is also called as Swayambhu. Mahakaleshwar temple is such a divine place with religious aura, one can find serene calmness in this holy shrine. Mahakaleshwar temple also has sacred idols of Ganesh, Karttikeya, Parvathi, Nandi, and Nagchandreshwar. You can have the darshan of Nagchandreshwar only on Naag Panchami. The delightful architecture and carved pillars of Mahakaleshwar temple are really admirable. This holy temple also shows the royalty of the Rajput style. In Mahakaleshwar Temple, sanctum is very small so a viewing gallery is set up outside the sanctum, so that people can have darshan easily.
Many mythological tales are associated with Mahakaleshwar temple. It is believed that a Brahmin lived with his family in Avanti. Brahmin had four sons and all of them were great devotees of Lord Shiva. A demon named Dushanan was troubling the devotees of Lord Shiva by disturbing religious rituals and activities. Dushanan also killed many devotees of Lord Shiva. Brahmins were in terror. All the Brahmins decided to pray to Lord Shiva. Brahmins gathered mud to create the Lingam and the place from where the mud was taken became a huge pond. Dushanan got to know about the Pooja of Brahmins, he again came to disturb them. Then, Lord Shiva came out from the pond as Mahakaleshwar and destroyed Dushanan. After that, Brahmins requested for darshan of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva appeared at the JyotirLinga to give darshan to his devotees.
One must attend “Bhasm-Aarti” while visiting the Mahakaleshwar temple. “Bhasm-Aarti” is performed every day in this holy shrine. Lord Shiva as Mahakaleshwar, considered as the God of death or time. Without fresh Bhasm (funeral ash), Aarti cannot be performed. It is said that the “Bhasm-Aarti” is performed to wake up Lord Shiva and for doing his “Shringar”.
In the month of Saavan, the Mahakaleshwar temple witnesses countless devotees. Many devotees also visit Mahakaleshwar temple on Mahashivratri. One can hear the sacred chants of Lord Shiva on this day. Devotees get overwhelmed when they do darshan of Lingam and get the blessings of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is well-known for protecting their devotees from untimely death. Visit this holy shrine and gather unforgettable memories of this auspicious temple. May Lord Shiva bless you!