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Monday, March 24, 2008

Mahakaleshwar – Ujjain : Famous Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

Mahakaleshwar – Ujjain : Famous Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

Ujjain, was the capital of Central India which is situated in the Madhya Pradesh and venerated pilgrimage center enshrining Mahakaleshwara, one of the Jyotirlinga which is manifestations of Lord Shiva.

The Skanda Purana describes the glory of Ujjain in great detail. Ujjain was the capital of Avanti here the king Udayana married princess Vasavadatta. Ujjain was given help during the period of the Mauryas and the Guptas.

King Vikramaditya Chandragupta was the ruler of Ujjain as his capital, and the nine gems (Dhanvantari, Kshapanaka, Amarasimha, Sanku, Vetala Bhatta, Ghatakharpara, Varahamihira, Vararuchi and Kalidasa) this was adorned his court. The Mahakaleshwar and the temple which has also been referred to in the tamil hymns of the Nayanmar which was saints of the 1st millennium CE.

Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Benares, Kanchipuram, Dwarka and Ujjain and it was considered to be the 7 Mukti Stalas of India. Ujjain is home to be the Kumbha Mela, when Jupiter resides in the Zodiac sign of Scorpio.

The Mahakaleshwar temple was in Ujjain and it is situated near the lake; it has also five levels, one of which is underground. The temple itself is located in a spacious courtyard surrounded by the massive walls. The shikhara which is adorned with the sculptural finery. The Brass lamps light was the underground sanctum. Which is believed that prasada offered here to the deity can be re-offered unlike all other shrines.

Legend: which has it own demon by the name of Dushana tormented the residents of Avanti and that Lord Shiva was appeared from the ground and vanquished the demo, and there was the request of the inhabitants of Avanti, took up permanent abode here as the Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. And there was a famous temple in ujjain, of Paravati – Harasiddhi Devi temple.

Picture (Photo) of Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga : Mahakaleshwar Ujjain

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