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May 13 | 5min

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga: The only South Facing Linga in India.

Are you planning to visit the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple? Here’s a look into all that you need to know about the only South Facing Linga in India.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple has a special place in devotees' hearts as it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. These holy sites are sacred places where God resides.

The time when the temple came into existence is difficult to ascertain. However, we can trace it to the prehistoric period. Puranas say that Brahma built it.

The most unique thing about this temple is, Shivalinga is Swayambhu born, which means no one created it. Mahakal is the God of time. With his grace, devotees can triumph over difficult situations.

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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga: the legends

Located in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is around 55 kms away from Indore.

As per Shiva Puran, once Lord Vishnu and Brahma were in dispute over who was the greater God. Lord Shiva appeared as a fiery column (Stambha) of light before them and asked them to find the ends of the pillar of light. Lord Vishnu and Brahma set forth in opposite directions to do the same.

After some time, Vishnu admitted that he could not find the beginning or end of Shiva’s presence. Impressed by his truthfulness, Lord Shiva blessed that Lord Vishnu would be considered his equal and worshiped far and wide.

However, Brahma lied and claimed that he found the end of the pillar of light. Enraged, Lord Shiva cursed him and said that no one would not worship him.

The places where the pillar of light pierced the world are named Jyotirlingas. For the devotees of Lord Shiva, these are considered to be the holiest of shrines and have special significance in Hinduism.

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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga history

Lord Brahma built the temple at the site as per the history of the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Jaisinghpura Ujjain Madhya Pradesh temple. The coins recovered from Ujjain have the mark of Lord Shiva on them.

According to several poets, invaders destroyed this temple several times. It was rebuilt again by Udayaditya and Naravarman, who were the rulers of the Malwa region.

The ancient scriptures of Sthalapuranam say that King Chandrasena was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Once a boy by the name of Shrikhar watched this king praying and joined him in his prayers. However, the king did not like this at all. His guards exiled Shrikhar to the city’s outskirts near the River Shipra.

After getting exiled, Shrikhar came to know about the plans of rival kings Ripudhamana and Singhaditya. They wanted to attack the city with the help of the demon king Dushan. Shrikhar decided to foil their plans.

The interesting thing was, this demon king Dushan had a boon of invisibility granted by Lord Brahma.

A priest named Vriddhi and Shrikar prayed to Lord Shiva to protect their kingdom as the enemies arrived at Avantika (Ujjain) and started torturing the kingdom. Enemies banned all Vedic activities, so everyone started praying to Lord Shiva for help.

Devotees believe that when Dushan started attacking Avantika, the ground split near the statue of Goddess Parvati. Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Mahakaal. This ferocious form of Lord Shiva burnt the demons.

The people of Avantika requested Lord Shiva to stay there as the chief deity of Avantika. The Lord agreed.

Structure of the temple of Mahakaleshwar

The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Ujjain Madhya Pradesh temple has three floors. Devotees worship the Lingam of Mahakaleshwar on the ground floor. On the second floor, devotees worship the Lingam of Omkareshwar. Devotees worship the Lingam of Nagachandeshwara Linga on the third floor. The third floor is open to the public only on Nag Panchami.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Bhasma Aarti

Just like any other sacred place in India, many pujas take place at the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. The Bhasma Aarti is the most significant among them.

Mahakaleshwar is the only temple where Bhasma Aarti takes place. Therefore, every devotee desires to attend the Aarti at least once in their lives.

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The story behind the Bhasma Aarti

According to the Puranas, many years ago Maharaja Chandrasen ruled Ujjain. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva.

Once King Ripudaman attacked Chandrasen’s Palace and harassed his people. Everyone appealed to Lord Shiva for help.

Lord Shiva listened and destroyed the demon. He adorned himself with ashes and settled in Ujjain forever. Thus, this place got the name Temple of Mahakaleshwar, and that’s how Bhasma Aarti started.

Devotees perform Bhasma Aarti to awaken Lord Shiva. A group of 10 Naga Sadhus carries out the Aarti. They beautify Lord Mahakal with the Bhasma.

Sadhu chants stotras and mantras while playing the damroos. The Shiva Linga is worshipped with fresh ashes.

Bhasma Aarti takes place from 4 am to 6 am to Lord Mahakaleshwar.

Festivals Celebrated at the Mahakaleshwar Temple

Some of the festivals celebrated at the Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple are:

  • Kumbh Mela: This Mela is the largest religious gathering in the world. However, it takes place once in 12 years in Ujjain, Allahabad, Haridwar, and Nashik. The festival lasts for one and a half months. Getting hotels in Mahakaleshwar jyotirlinga to stay during this time can be very difficult.

    The sages and pilgrims take a holy dip in the River Shipra. Ramlila, Ras Lilas, and the grand procession of Sadhus are the main features of the Kumbh Mela.
  • Mahashivratri: Thousands of devotees celebrate this festival because Lord Shiva was married Goddess Parvati on this day. This festival comes on the thirteen or fourteenth day of February or March. You can stay in hotels near Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple during this festival. You can stay in hotels near Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple during this festival.
  • Karthik Mela happens once a year in the Hindu month of Karthik (November/December).
  • Harihara Milana- The festival takes place on Vaikunth Chaturdashi. It marks the meeting of two Lords: Lords Krishna and Lord Shiva at midnight. Try to find a Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga hotel nearby to stay so that you can emerge yourself in devotion for several days.

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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga- significance in India

12 Jyotirlingas in India have a unique value. Lord Shiva appeared as the Jyotirlinga on the night of Ardra Nakshatra. Each of the Jyotirlinga is a presiding deity. They are all auspicious and holy in Hindu culture. Although there is no unusual feature that makes these Jyotirlingas different, many devotees still visit these sacred sites with great devotion.

The Jyotirlingas in India are:

  • Somnath Jyotirlinga in Gir, Gujarat
  • Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Shree Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  • Shree Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  • Baidyanath Jyotirlinga in Deoghar, Jharkhand
  • Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra
  • Ramanathaswamy Jyotirlinga in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
  • Nageshwar Jyotirlinga in Dwarka, Gujarat
  • Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nasik, Maharashtra
  • Kedarnath Jyotirlinga in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
  • Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Darshan Timings

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga darshan timings start at 4 am and close at 11 pm. Various rituals take place throughout the day. Devotees can take part in the morning, afternoon, and evening aarti.

Keep in the following visiting Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga hours as follows:

Ritual  From To
 Darshan 4:00 AM   11:00 PM
Bhasma Aarti  4:00 AM  6:00 PM
Morning Pooja  7:00 AM  7:30 AM
Evening Pooja  5:00 PM  5:30 PM
Shri Mahakaal Aarti  7:00 PM  7:30 PM

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Nearest Airport to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

The nearest Airport to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is Indore Airport which is about 51 kms away. It's easy to travel by car, bus, taxi or train.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Images

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How to reach the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple?

Here is how you can reach the Mahakaleshwar Temple:

Air: The nearest airport is Indore which is 53 kms away from Ujjain

Train: Direct trains are available to Ujjain railway stations from all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Varanasi, and Jaipur.

Road: Bus services are available from cities like Indore, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Udaipur, Nasik, and Mathura.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga online booking option is available as well.

What are the temples to visit nearby?

Hailed as one of the holiest cities in the country, Ujjain is home to many temples.

Some temples near the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple are:

  • Harisiddhi Temple is situated just four hundred meters away from the Mahakaleshwar temple. As per Hindu mythology, this temple is one of the Shakti Peethas.
  • Raja Jai Singh constructed Ram Janardhan Mandir in the 17th century. The specialties of the temple include the 11th-century sculpture of Govardhandhari Krishna, the 10th-century sculpture of Vishnu, and the 12th-century idol of Trimurti.
  • Kal Bhairava Temple: Stories say that King Bhadra constructed this temple over the ruins of an old demolished temple. Furthermore, this temple was of great significance during the Parmar period.
  • Chintamani Ganpati Temple is famous because Lord Ganesha has Goddess Riddhi and Siddhi sit on his two sides. Devotees also offer special prayers to God every Wednesday in the month of Chaithra.

Some Interesting Facts of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

  • Since it is self-originated, it derives powers on its own. It does not require a mantra Shakti like other Lingam.
  • It is the only Linga that is facing the south Dakshin Mukhi. The other Lingams are facing the east. People visit Mahakaleshwar in order to get a long life.

  • What are the temples to visit nearby?

    Hailed as one of the holiest cities in the country, Ujjain is home to many temples.

    Some temples near the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple are:

    • Harisiddhi Temple is situated just four hundred meters away from the Mahakaleshwar temple. As per Hindu mythology, this temple is one of the Shakti Peethas.
    • Raja Jai Singh constructed Ram Janardhan Mandir in the 17th century. The specialties of the temple include the 11th-century sculpture of Govardhandhari Krishna, the 10th-century sculpture of Vishnu, and the 12th-century idol of Trimurti.
    • Kal Bhairava Temple: Stories say that King Bhadra constructed this temple over the ruins of an old demolished temple. Furthermore, this temple was of great significance during the Parmar period.
    • Chintamani Ganpati Temple is famous because Lord Ganesha has Goddess Riddhi and Siddhi sit on his two sides. Devotees also offer special prayers to God every Wednesday in the month of Chaithra.

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    • Since it is self-originated, it derives powers on its own. It does not require a mantra Shakti like other Lingam.
    • It is the only Linga that is facing the south Dakshin Mukhi. The other Lingams are facing the east. People visit Mahakaleshwar in order to get a long life.
    • Bhasma Aarti is the most famous ritual performed there. Ash is considered pure, imperishable, and unchangeable like the Lord himself.
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    FAQs

    Q1) Where is the Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain located?

    The Mahakaleshwar Temple is located in Ujjain, famous as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Shiva situated close to the HarSiddhi temple. HarSiddhi temple is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas.

    Q2) Which is the best time to visit the Mahakaleshwar Temple?

    The Mahakaleshwar Temple is open throughout the year. It is most famous for the Swayambhu Linga. You can darshan timings from 4 am to 11 pm.

    Q3) Who is the Chief God of the Mahakaleshwar Temple?

    The Chief God of the Temple is Lord Shiva. He is present in his Mahakal form here.

    However, one can chant various mantras, such as Vishnu Sahasranama and Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevāya. It would be best if you chant this mantra to evoke devotion in your heart instead of seeking material gains.

    Q4) What is the nearest railway station to Mahakaleshwar?

    The nearest railway station is in Indore. You can take a cab or bus to Mahakaleshwar.

    Q5) What are the timings of the Mahakaleshwar Aarti?

    • Bhasma Aarti: 4.00 am
    • Dadyodak Aarti: 7.00 am
    • Bhog Aarti: 10.00 am
    • Sandhyakalin pujan: 5.00 pm
    • Sandhya Aarti: 7.00 pm
    • Shayan Aarti: 10.30 pm