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#2 of 127 Places To Visit in Ujjain
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Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 456001,India
+91-734-2550563 +91-734-2559277
entry fee
no entry fee
per person Paid Darshan Ticket
All days of the week
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM

how to reach shree mahakaleshwar temple

The nearest airport is Indore Airport, 51 km from the temple. The nearest railway station is Ujjain Railway Station, located 1 km from the temple. Visitors can also take buses from Bhopal (188km), Delhi (776km) and Mumbai (648km) to Ujjain.

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about shree mahakaleshwar temple

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple is an important pilgrimage place as it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (Shiva's most sacred abodes). It has the only bhasm aarti (ash ritual) of its kind in the world. The unique thing about this  aarti is that it involves smearing the Shivaling with still-hot ashes from the cremation grounds in homage to Shiva as the master of death, the dweller of cremation grounds. 
The bhasm aarti is the first ritual that takes place at the temple everyday. 

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple is set in a spacious courtyard, surrounded by massive walls. It has five levels, one of which is underground. Mahakal is of great significance to Tantriks and this temple is one of the most important Tantra temples. There are arrangements for pilgrims to have darshan starting at 3 am for the morning aarti. The atmosphere in and around the temple is quite clean and orderly even when crowded. 

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple is best visited around noon, when the crowds have thinned. The Kotitirth (the sacred equivalent of a crore - koti - tirths) is of special significance. The images of Ganesh, Parvati and Kartikeya are installed to the west, north and east of the sanctum. The image of Nandi is situated to the south. The central roof of the sanctum is decked with the sacred Rudrayantra made of 100 kilos of silver.

Mahakaleshwar Temple as a Shakti Peetha

The temple ranks as the 9th Shakti Peetha amongst the 51 other Shakti Peethas across the Indian subcontinent. Here Harsiddhi Mata is worshipped as the mother Goddess. It is said that Sati’s upper lip or left elbow had fallen here after her self-immolation, during Shiva’s Tandav. The temple is often confused with the Ujjaini Mahakali temple in Secunderabad.

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Shashank Gupta
Shashank Gupta
Nov 13 2018
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