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shree mahakaleshwar temple overview

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Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 456001,India
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+91-734-2550563 +91-734-2559277
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All days of the week
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM

about shree mahakaleshwar temple

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple is set on a spacious courtyard and surrounded by massive walls. It has five levels, one of which is underground. Mahakal is of great significance to Tantriks. There are arrangements for pilgrims to have darshan standing in a queue, which begins at 3 am for the morning aarti. The ambience 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. One of the rituals, the Bhasma Aarti (4-6 am), 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.


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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