Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga of Shiva Mahakaleshwar Marg, Harsiddhi Marg, Jaisinghpura, Ujjain-456006

In this Hindu temple, The Shree Yantra is fixd upside down. Both Jyothirlinga Temple and Shakthipeeth also. Lord is facing south which is very rare. The shrine of Nagchandreshwar will be opened only on Nag Panchami (July/August).

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Mahakal, Ujjain (or Avanti) in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple. The Lingam at Mahakal is believed to be Swayambhu, one of the 12 Jyotirlingams. It is a famous Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh. It is also the only one facing south and  this Hindu temple has a Shree Yantra perched upside down from the ceiling of the Garbhagriha (where the Shiv Lingam is placed). It is a place where Jyotirlingam and Shakti peeta are together.

Dakshinamurti,(the idol of Mahakaleshwar is also known as)  means that the idol is facing the south. Above the Mahakal shrine, the idol of Omkareshwar Mahadev is consecrated in the sanctum. The images of goddess Parvati, lord Ganesh and lord Karthikeya are installed in the north, east and west of the sanctum sanctorum. The image of Nandi is to the south, the vehicle of lord Shiva.

On the third storey, the idol of Nagchandreshwar is open for darshan only on the day of Nag Panchami. The temple has five levels, one of which is underground.

In a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls near a lake, the temple itself is located. The shikhar or the spire is adorned with sculptural finery. To the underground sanctum, brass lamps light the way. It is believed that prasada (holy offering) offered here to the deity can be re-offered unlike all other shrines.

On the day of Maha Shivaratri, a huge fair is held near the temple, and worship goes on through the night.

Shakti Peethas are shrines that are believed to have been enshrined with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when lord Shiva carried the corpse. Each of the 51 Shakti peethas have shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava. The Upper Lip of Sati Devi is said to have fallen here and the Shakti here is called Mahakali.

 The History of the Temple

There lived a Brahmin, who had 4 sons. They were all Shivas devotees. Demon King Dushan, after getting a boon from Lord Brahma came to Avantia and began to torture the Brahmins. The Brahmins, engrossed in the worship, were not aware of the tortures they were being subjected to.

The Demon King sent four of his demons to ensure that there was no vedic activity happening at this place. The demons, harrassed the people to make sure that they would not carry out any vedic rituals.

Because of this the people went to the Brahmins for help. They Brahmins assured them that they would take care of the problem. The brahmins then began praying to the Lord. Hearing this, the Demon King came to attack this brahmins. At that very moment, the earth split open and Lord Shiva appeared. Lord Shiva took the form of Mahakal and ordered the demon king not to go anywhere near the Brahmins. The demon king ignored the words of Lord Shiva and as a result, Lord Shiva, burnt him to ashes.

As Lord Shiva was terribly angry, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and other Devas, came down and prayed to calm him down.


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