Mahadev, the Lord incorporates in Himself, the aura and the holiness of all the twelve JyotirLingas. Worship of shivalinga is considered the prime worship for the devotees of Lord shiva. Worship of all other forms is considered secondary. The significance of the shivalinga is that It is the resplendent light (flame) form of the Supreme – solidified to make the worship of It easier. It represents the real nature of God – formless essentially and taking various forms as It wills.
Those who chant the Dwadasa JyotirLinga Stotram or prayer will attain salvation and enlightenment and be released from this cycle of human existence with all its travails. By worshiping the Lingas, people of all castes, creeds and color would be freed from all difficulties.
Somnath JyotirLing in Saurashtra (Guj)
Mallikarjun jyoptirling in Srisailam (A.P.)
Mahakaleshwar jyotirling in Ujjain (M.P.)
Omkareshwar jyotirling in Shivpuri / mAmaleswara (M.P.)
Vaidyanath jyotirling in Parali (Mah)
Nageswar jyotirling in Darukavanam
Kedareswar jyotirling in Kedarnath / Himalayas (Utt)
Tryambakeswar jyotirling in Nasik (Mah)
Rameshwar jyotirling in Setubandanam / Rameshwaram (T.N.)
Bhimashankar jyotirling in Dakini (Mah)
Visweswar jyotirling in Varanasi (U.P.) and
Ghrishneswar jyotirling in Devasrovar (Mah).
The Mahakaleshwar temple:-
The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain is one of the most important pilgrimages of the Hindus.
Mahakaleshwar- Ujjain is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and is well connected with all the main cities of Madhya Pradesh.
One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, the lingam at the Mahakala is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself) deriving currents of power Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. The Mahakal Shiv temple located in Ujjain on the banks of River Kshipra.
Mahadev, the Lord incorporates in Himself, the aura and the holiness of all the twelve JyotirLingas. The grandeur of these places is unique. Devotees line up in great numbers to take a look and get a Darshan of all the JyotirLingas.
When the Mahakala temple first come in existence did, is difficult to tell. However, the event may be assigned to the Pre-historic period. Puranas narrate that it was first established by Prajapita Brahma. Mahakala temple is also mentioned in several ancient Indian poetic texts. According to these texts, the temple had been very magnificent and magnanimous. The temple is three-storeyed. In the lowest middle and uppermost parts are respectively installed the lingams of Mahakalesvara, Omkaresvara and Nagachandresvara. The pilgrims and the visitors can only have the glimse of Nagachandresvara on the festive of Naga Panchami. A very large-sized Kunda named Koti Tirtha also exists in the temple-complex. The Kunda is built in the sarvatobhadra style. The Kunda and its water both are treated as very celestial. On the path adjoining the stairs of the Kunda, may be seen many images representing the sculptural grandeur of the temple built during the Paramara period. In the east of the Kunda is a large-sized Veranda in which there is the entrance to the path leading to the garbhagrha. In the northern side of the verandah, in a cell, the images of Sri Rama and goddess Avantika are worshipped. In the southern side of the main shrine, there stand many small Saivite temples built during the shinde regime among these the temple of Vrddha Mahakalesvara, Anadi Kalpesvara and Saptarshi are prominent and are the remarkable pieces of architecture.
The Bhasmarti in early morning, Mahasivaratri, Pancha-Krosi Yatra, Somavati Amavasya etc. are special religious occasions interwoven with the rituals of the temple. Proper repairs and rejuvanation of the temple-complex is done at the time of the Kumbha Parva.
Shiva is the God of Death and welcomes this Bhasma Aarti. This Bhasma Aarti is the first morning Aarti performed daily.
The eminent, unique ‘Bhasma Aarti’ is a ritual which is performed only at this temple and huge multitude of devotees visit Ujjain for the live darshan of this explicit Aarti. Ash is collected from the funeral pyres and offered to the deity.
‘Bhasma Aarti’ at 4 AM puja is performed. After Abhishek, Chitabhasm (Ash of cemetery) is applied all over Mahakal.Closing Time at 11 pm. Other places to visit in Ujjain- Kaalbhairav,, Harasiddhi ,,Vedshala
Sandipani Asrama ,Chintamani Ganesh
Triveni Navagrah,, Mangalnat Siddhavath ,,Gopal Mandir
Let us celebrate the glory of light. Light is offered a place of pride at welcome celebrations and on all auspicious occasions.
“Shubham karoti kalyanam Arogyam Dhanasampada|
Shatru buddhi vinashaya Deepa Jyoti namostute||”
This light removes the darkness from the lives of one and all. Darkness means ignorance and it is destroyed by this light. The Nature light of God makes all our wishes come true, when we take a Darshan of it.
JAI JAI Mahakaal !!!!!