Lord Shiva is supposed to be an infinite light or figure that has no end point. Likewise, the arena of his power can never be anticipated by any living creature that himself is the creation of that most admirable mighty power. Light is considered to be the most significant ingredient of life and the symbolic interpretation of Lord Shiva is manifested in the form of famous 12 Jyotirlingas. Mahakaleshwar temple is one of those pious Jyotirlingas where deity Shiva abides in the form of eternal gallant protector of the innocent devotees of Ujjain city and blessed for remaining free from diseases and scare forever to his devotees.

Location: Mahakaleshwar temple was established in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh state at the bank of the lake Rudra sagar where presiding deity in lingam form is estimated to be Swyambhu that channelizes the flow of power for benediction or welfare of mankind.

Related legends:

  • The Jyotirlinga of Mahakaleshwar temple is expected to be one of the light Stambhas (in Sanskrit) or pillars of light that were incarnated by Lord Shiva. Originally, its first incarnation was done to judge the supreme contender of dominance between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in the form of one endless light pillar. Lord Vishnu was blessed with the legible lord to get the share from all religious rituals till the time of eternity as he admitted his defeat while searching the end of that light pillar, contrary to him, lord Brahma lied and claimed to have reached its end at which lord Shiva prohibited him to claim the share of any religious ritual ever.
  • As the legend of purana goes, Ujjain city used to be the dynasty of king Chandrasena and was also known as an epicenter of imparting education. Once, Shrikhar- a farmer’s son, rushed into Mahakaleshwar temple for the sake of worshiping along with his king as the king was inside at that time. But the king’s soldiers threw him out to the outskirt of the Ujjain city. While roaming around in the neighboring kingdoms, Shrikhar came to know the cunning conspiracies of Ripudamana and Singhaditya’s invasion into the territory of his native city ‘Ujjain’. He began to worship lord Shiva and the rumor of his worshipping spread like the fire of the forest to the ears of priest Vridhi of Ujjain who also started worshipping lord Shiva at the bank of river Kshipra.

However, those rivals of Ujjain city emerged victorious due to notable contribution of a beast demon namely Dushan who had been blessed by Lord Brahma with the power of being invisible. Those cruel despotic kings rammed temples and attacked devotees. Eventually, Lord Shiva acquired his fiery Mahakal face and killed the foes of Ujjain. On being requested to live there as powerful light in lingam form, deity Shiva granted there request and blessed them with bliss, treasure and scare-free life.

Description of the temple:

Mahakaleshwar is also famous as Dakshinamurti which wordy connotes facing the south. This lingam is erected on the basis of the Tantric Shivnetra tradition. The idol ‘Omkareshwar Mahadeva’ is established above the Mahakal Shrine while the idols of Ganesha, Parvati and Kartikeya are erected in the west, north and east of the shrine. South direction has been fixed for the idol of Nandi- the vehicle of lord Shiva. Nagchandeshwar idol is kept safe for the devout devotees only on the eve of Nag Panchmi fest.  Brass lamp is embedded in the ground to scatter the pious aura of light in the atmosphere of the temple.