Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a famous Lord Shiva temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India.
Three storied Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple, sacred abode of Lord Shiva, is believed to be built in 6th century B.C on the banks of Rudra Sagar lake. The main deity is placed as dakshinamurti, i.e. facing the direction of south. Ujjain Jyotirlinga temple is the only such temple among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. 12 Jyotirlinga tour packages are available with tour operators across India, for those interested in visiting these 12 holy adobes of God Shiva. Idols of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are also there in West, North and East sanctums of this holy temple. The shrine at Ujjain is also one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peeth in India. Shakti Peethams are the places of worship, where the ashes of the goddess Shakti or Sati were placed.
Maha Shivaratri is the main festival here and a huge fair is conducted during that time. 7th century.C.E, Tamil Shiva Poets and saints like Tirugnanasambandar, Sundarar and Tirunavukkarasar has glorified this temple in their works.
The present day structure of the temple was built in 1736 and renovations were carried out in later years.
How Do I Go To Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple?
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is the heart of the Ujjain City. the city of Ujjain is well connected by roads to all parts of India. Ujjain Junction railway station is the main railway station in the city. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport at a distance of 55 kilometers at Indore is the nearest airport to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peeth in India.