Located in the ancient city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, the temple of Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. One of the oldest places of pilgrimage, the temple finds mention in ancient texts and scriptures and has been mentioned by the great Sanskrit poet and dramatist in emotive terms.
Mahakaleshwar Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, dominates the skyline of Ujjain and instills a sense of reverence among the devotees. The lingam at this spiritually important shrine is believed to be swayambhu (self-arisen).
It is Believed to be a Swayambhu (self-created) Jyotirlinga.
Mahakaleshwar temple is located near a lake and has five levels, one of which is underground. Bounded by massive walls, the shrine is characterised by a shikhara adorned with sculptural beauty which dominated the Ujjain’s skyline.
Legend has it that a demon named Dushanan used to torment the inhabitants of Avanti (former name of Ujjain). Lord Shiva appeared rose from the ground and destroyed the demon. On the request of the residents of Avanti, took up permanent abode here as Mahakaleshwara.
Do visit the aarti here.The unique thing about this aarti is the inclusion of “Bhasm” or ash from funeral pyres as one of the offerings. Mahakaleshwar is a name for the God Shiva, and means the god of Time or Death. This may be one of the reasons of the inclusion of the funeral ash. You will be assured that this aarti is something that you shouldn’t miss, and that until fresh ash is not brought in the aarti cannot start.
Best time to visit is from September to March.Languages commonly spoken are Hindi and English.