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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

From the twelve Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is the one of them which is situated in the ujjain city in state of Madhya Pradesh. It is supposed to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the sides of the Rudra sagar lake. The deity is in the form of lingam is believed to be Swayambhu, deriving currents of power from within itself as against the other images and lingams that are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti.

Jyotirlinga

Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma once had the argument on the supremacy of creation. Lord Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma split their ways to upward and downward direction to find out the end of light. Brahma lied out that he found the end while Vishnu concede to defeat.  Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of eternity. The jyotirlinga is the supreme reality and the Lord shiva appears, thus jyotirlinga shrines. The twelve jyotirlinga are :

  1. Somnath in Gujrat
  2. Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh
  3. Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
  4. Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh
  5. Kedarnath in Himalayas
  6. Bhimashankar in Maharashtra
  7. Vishwanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
  8. Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra
  9. Vaidyanath at Deogarh in Jharkhand or at Baijanth in Himachal Pardesh
  10. Nageswar at Dwarka in Gujrat
  11. Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu
  12. Grishneswar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra

History

The Maratha general Ranoji Scindia built the present structure of the temple and the further developments and management was done by other members of his dynasty. After Independence the municipal corporation of Ujjain replaced the Dev Sthan Trust . Nowadays it is under the collectorate office of Ujjain districrt.

The Mahakaleshwar Temple as a Shakti Peeth

Shakti peeths are the shrines that have enshrined with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it. The upper lip of the Sati devi has fallen here and the shakti is known as the Mahakali. It is revered as one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peetham.

Climate

  • Summer temperature ranges from 24°C to 48°C.
  • Winter temperature ranges from  9°C to 36°C.

How to reach

By Air - Nearest airport to ujjain is Indore Airport.

By Rail - Ujjain has its own railway station and is well connected to all major cities.

By Road - Ujjain is connected to all major cities through road. Devotee can use state transport or can reach by their own vehicle.