Mahakaleshwar

 
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Jai Mahakaleshwar Swami! One of the 12 major holy shrines of Shivlingas is located at Ujjain (Mahakal, on the banks of the river Kshipra) in Madhya Pradesh, India. Here, the one of the supreme holy pilgrimage places is devoted to “Dakshinamurti or Lord Shiva” (One who facing the south). Indeed, the sole junction as an emergence of Lord Shiva comes visible as most sacred abodes, millions of devotees from all over the country visit the prehistoric divine temple every year, which is also known as Avantika or Indrapuri Amravati.
 
History:
 
However, according to the legends, it is believed that a Brahmin boy lived in Avanti, who was immense devotee of Lord Shiva. He took a stone and by believing it a Shiva lingam worshipped it habitually with many rituals. Eventually, Lord Shiva delighted by his great devotion and took the form of Jyotirlinga, inhabited there; consequently, the holy place has become famous as Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlunga.
 
As well, according to devotion, it is believed that the spiritual place Mahakal dedicated to 35crore Gods, who shield all devotees from untimely death and awful things.
 
Festivals and Fairs:
 
In addition, here come on the organized series of acts! The most significant holy festivals and fairs at Mahakaleshwar shrine are – “Maha Shivratri” (celebrated in the month of February-March every year), “Shravan Mahotsava” (celebrated in the holy month of Shravan), “Narak Chaturdashi”, “Harihar Milan” (celebrated on 14th day of the Karthik sud), “Uma Sanjhi Mahotsava” (organized on 11th day of Ashwin month), “Pradosh” (on 13th day of Ashwin vad and Karthik sud) and “Nag Panchmi” (on 5th day of the Karthik sud).
 
Besides, a grand fair -“Maha Shivratri fair” is held near the temple with the other significant rituals whole night and “Kumbh Mela” is organized on the banks of the holy river Kshipra every year.
 
Other significant adjacent places:
 
Here, several other momentous places and temples are situated near the Mahakaleshwar temple (more than 40 temples are located in the premises) - Avantika Devi temple (situated in Mahakal premises, dedicated to Devi), Lakshmi Narsimha, Sriram Darbar temple, Omkareshwar Mahadev temple, Riddhi-Siddhi Ganesha temple, Nagchandreshwar temple (opened only on the day of Nagpanchami every year), Shri Bal Vijay mast Hanuman, Omkareshwar Mahadev, Vriddhakaleshwar Mahadev, Govendeshwar Mahadev, Suryamukhi Hanuman, Lakshmi Pradata Modh Ganesh, Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev, Shani temple, Koteshwar Mahadev, Saptarshi temple, Sankatmochan Siddhadas Hanuman, Brihaspateshwar Mahadev, Kaal Bhairav temple, Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev, Bhadrakali, Navgraha, Marutinandan Hanuman, Vrikha Triveni, Neelkantheshwar, Ancient Nagbandha, Swapanweshwar Mahadev (which is dedicated to one of the 84 Mahadevas of Ujjain) and Khanderao Dakshini Maratha temple.
 
Temple timings: The holy temple Mahakaleshwar opens at 3.30am and closes at 11.00pm.

Bhasma Aarti: Performed between 4.00am to 6.00am.

Naivadhya Aarti: Performed between 7.30am  to 8.15am

Mahabhog Aarti: Performed between 10.30am to 11.15am

Sandhya Aarti: Performed between 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Shayan Aarti: Held at 10.30pm
 
How to reach:
 
By Air: Nearest airport is “Indore” (55km away from Mahakaleshwar).
 
By Train: Nearest railway station is “Ujjain”.
 
By Road: Mahakaleshwar is well connected to all cities.

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