Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain

Shrine: Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Located in the ancient city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the most famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the side of the Rudra Sagar lake, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of Lord Shiva. The temple is also revered as one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peetham.

Origin: Present Structure of Mahakal Temple was constructed in 1736 by Srimant Raanojirao Shinde Maharaj


According to 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 started treating it as a Shiv Linga and worshipped it regularly. People thought that is was a mere child's play but all their efforts to dissuade him from worshipping the stone failed. Devotion of Shrikar increased by every passing day and ultimately, Lord Shiva assumed Jyotirlinga form and resided in the Mahakal forest. This is why the Linga at Mahakaleshwar is considered to be 'Swayambhu', i.e. self-existent.

This Temple is part of famous Saptapuri Yatra, Maha Kumbh Mela and 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.


Overall, the temple of Mahakaleswar is a planned ad-mixture of the Bhumija, Chalukya and Maratha styles of architecture. The temple is of three-story. In the lowest middle and uppermost parts are respectively installed the lingams of Mahakalesvara, Omkaresvara and Nagachandresvara. The temple's foundation and platform are built of stones. The temple has a massive spire. The architecture of the outer side of the temple is developed in north-Indian style. Horizontally, the shrine is divided into entrance, ardhamandapa, sanctum, antarala (vestibule) garbhagrha and Pradaksanapatha from front to back. Upper components of the temple rested on the strong and well-designed pillars and pilasters. A lofty Kunda named 'Koti Tirtha' is built in the sarvatobhadra style, within the temple complex.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is situated below ground level(Garbhagriha) in the main temple. The idol of Mahakaleshwar is known to be dakshinamurti, facing the south. This is a unique feature upheld by tantric traditions to be found only in Mahakaleshwar among the 12 Jyotirlingas .

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Darsan Info

Mahakal Temple timings: 3.00 AM to 11.00 PM.
Nagachandresvara Darshan is possible only on Naga Panchami.
Special Coupons / Tickets are available if you wish to avoid queues and attend special rituals.

Darsan Dresscode:

Dhoti and Sari for performing rituals.
Gadgets and leather articles are not allowed inside the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple.

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Ujjain is one of the most sacred town of India. Simhastha Kumbh Mela is organized here once every 12 years. Ancient art flourishes in Ujjain in form of its historical structures. Ujjain is famous for its rich tradition and for being an important pilgrimage. The Kumbh Mela is held between April - May of 2016

Language Spoken: Hindi, Malavi

Location and Contact

Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh - 456006

Contact Number : +91 7342550563, +91 7342551714, +91 7342585873

Ways to Reach

Indore is well connected with most major town of India, by train, by air, or by road. By bus, one can plan a journey from most major town of MP. Once in Ujjain, there are plenty of option for local transport to reach the Shrine of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.

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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 32.6oC 39.9oC 30.5oC 31.6oC
Min-Temparture 14.7oC 26oC 22.3oC 14.4oC

Temple Rituals

The Bhasm-Aarti is the first ritual conducted everyday at the Mahakaleswar temple, which is to awaken God Shiva. After that a 'Shringar' is performed.

Special Rituals

Laghu Rudrabhishek, Maharudrabhishek, Mahamrityunjaya, Bhanga Shringar

Pooja Timing

4:00 AM  Bhasma Aarti
7:00 AM to 7:30 AM  Morning Pooja
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM  Mid day Pooja
5:00 AM to 5:30 PM Evening Pooja
7:00 AM to 7:30 PM Aarti Shree Mahakal

Regular Offerings

Milk & Jalabhishek are the main offerings made to Mahakaleshwar.


Feb:- Basant Panchami
Mar:- Holi, Maha Shivratri
Apr:- Akshaya Tritiya
Jul:- Nag Panchami
Oct:- Annakuta

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Ujjain Bus Stand
  • Nearby Airport

  • Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport Indore
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Ujjain Junction
  • Taxi Stand

  • Auto Stand, Vikram Marg

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