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Mahakaleshwar Temple – The Most Important Religious and Tourist Destination of Ujjain
Ujjain is an ancient city located on the banks of river Kshipra, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The city is of great religious importance among the Hindus especially due to the fact that it is one of the four cities that host the Mahakumbh mela, once in every four years.  However, Ujjain is famous not for only being one of the seven holy cities of India but also as the home of one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, the Mahakaleshwar temple. Every year countless devotees of Lord Shiva visit Mahakal Temple Ujjain to get the blessings of this supreme deity.
Commonly referred to by the name of Ujjain Mahakal, this temple is one of the twelve most scared abodes of Shiva. The temple has a south-facing idol of Lord Shiva, due to which it is also known by the name of dakshinamurti.  Not many people are aware of the fact that this feature is unique to only Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlingam, being sustained by the ancient tantric traditions exclusive to this temple. Another important fact about the idol is that it is a swayambhu, which means that it is believed to have originated on its own. Shiva is the presiding deity of not only this temple but the entire city of Ujjain, which bows in awe and reverence before Him.
Mahakaleshwar Ujjain is built within a spacious courtyard that is bordered by huge walls. The entire compound is located near a lake. The temple itself is constructed in five levels, with the lowest level being below the ground. Apart from the swayambhu idol of Lord Shiva, the temple also hosts an idol of Omkareshwar Mahadev, which is on the level just above the one having the Mahakal shrine. In addition the third level has an idol of Nagchandreshwar and devotees are able to visit this level only on the day of Nag Panchami.
The architecture and sculpting of the temple, especially its spire is extremely beautiful. Even though the temple complex suffered great destruction at the hands of Iltutmish during the 12th century, its grandeur was restored and enhanced by the rulers of the rulers of the Scindia dynasty in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today the temple has become the pride of Ujjain and people across the city consider Mahakal Temple Ujjain to be the biggest symbol of their eternal connection with their ancient traditions and culture.   


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