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Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga Temple in Ujjain

Mahakaleshwara Temple is located by the banks of river Kshipra, in the dense Mahakal forests in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It is an important Shaivaite pilgrimage centre in North India and is revered as one of the 12 Jyotilinga manifestations of Shiva. It is a very important religious place for Lord Shiva devotees. There are numerous stories associated with this Jyotirlinga in Ujjain.

Legend Behind Shri Mahankaleshwar Jyotirling Temple
According to an episode narrated in Puranas, a five-year-old boy named Shrikar was enthralled seeing the devotion of King Chandrasena of Ujjain towards Lord Shiva. Shrikar took a stone and by considering it a linga started worshipping it regularly. Others thought that his worship as merely a game and tried to dissuade him in all ways. But all the efforts went in vain. On the contrary, devotion of Shrikar increased by every passing day. Pleased by the boy’s devotion Lord Shiva assumed Jyotirlinga form and resided in the Mahakal forest.
Architecture of Shri Mahakal Temple
Bhagwan Mahakaleshwar Temple is located near a lake and has a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls. The temple has five levels, one of that is underground. Brass lamps light the way to the underground sanctum or Garbha Griha where the Jyotirlinga is situated. 
The Linga is quite big in size and is encircled by a snake of silver. On one side of the Linga there is the idol of Lord Ganesha while on the other side, idols of Goddess Parvati and Kartikeya are installed. The shikhara of temple is adorned with sculptural finery.
The temple of Lord Mahakaleshwar is very big, beautiful and grand. This Jyotirlinga is big in size and is encircled by a silver snake. On one side of the Shiv Linga there's the idol of Lord Ganesha and on the other side the idol of Parvati and Kartikeya.
Significance of Shri Mahankaleshwara Temple
Mahakaleshwar Temple is consider significant by the Hindus for the following reasons:
Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain is regarded amongst the seven holy places that can liberate a human. The other six Mukti-Sthalbeing Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Benares, Kanchipuram and Dwarka. All devotees that come to participate in the famous Kumbh Mela organized year on the banks of the Kshipra River consider it important to seek blessings of Lord Mahakaleshwar. The Mahakaleshwar Temple has also been referred to in the Tamil hymns of the Nayanmar saints of the 1st millennium CE.

How to Reach
By Air :- Nearest airport is Indore (53 k.m). Flights arriving from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Gwalior.
By Rail :- Ujjain is directly connected by railway line to Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mumbai, Fouzabad, Lucknow, Dehradun, Delhi, banaras, Kochin, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Howrah, and many more.
By Road :- Ujjain is directly connected by road to Indore, Surat, Gwalior, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaypur, Nasik, Mathura.

Other Places to Visit in Ujjain :- 
  1. Kaalbhairav
  2. Harasiddhi
  3. Vedshala
  4. Sandipani Asrama
  5. Chintamani Ganesh
  6. Triveni Navagraha
  7. Mangalnath
  8. Siddhavath
  9. Gopal Mandir.
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