Located in the ancient city of Ujjain situated on the banks of Rudrasagar Lake in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple is still one of the most poise and most sacred places for Hindus.
The residence of Lord Shiva, the temple is one of twelve Jyotirlingas, which is considered to be the sacred place of God. Even in modern and busy lifestyles, the temple has continued to provide to every unique visitor the unmatched peace and mood.
In the Mahakaleshwar Temple complex, there is a huge courtyard with sculpture and sophistication which is influenced by Maratha, Bhumija and Chalukya structures and is full of the statues of Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, and Nagchandreshwar. The temple, which spreads on five levels, receives praise and respect for Lord Shiva, who, with its entire splendor, reigns in the city of Ujjain. In fact, God is called swayambhu in Lingam form. This means that he receives power from within, unlike other images, which is required to be established in a manner with ‘Mantra Shakti’. There are many religious festivals and celebrations which are being here every year and are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Apart from this, the Bhasm-Aarti is a ritual festival which you should not give a miss. The grand aarti which is conducted on a daily basis in the Mahakaleshwar temple is an important event to grant attention. The morning the aarti is used to awaken the divine God. During this religious ritual, the idol of Lord is worshiped with the holy ash brought from the pier, and before the holy pooja, the vermillion is applied to the linga. It makes to feel great happiness to participate in this aarti. There is only Jyotirlinga
temple in Mahakaleshwar, where this aarti is performed. All rituals including worship and consecration are done regularly in the temple all year round. The main festivals celebrated here are:
- Nitya Yatra
- Sawari (Procession)