Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple



Swamyambhu Shivling (self appearing) at Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the Jyotirlingas. Ujjain Mahakal Temple is located at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and it was first constructed before 6th century BC. The structure underwent numerous changes during various periods. The temple was also attacked by invaders. The present temple was rebuilt during the 18th century.


Legend has it that the demon Tripurasura was defeated by Shiva at Ujjain. Another legend has that Brahma himself started the creation of the temple. As per Skanda Purana once due to Shiva’s anger the ambrosia in Bhogawati, the land of nagas, dried up. The nagas then created the Shivling at Ujjain Mahakal Temple and successfully worshipped It to get back the ambrosia.

The most popular belief is that one who has darshan of Mahakal will not have rebirth.

The present temple is three-storied. Mahakaleshwar is worshipped in the lowest part. The middle part is dedicated to Omkareshwara and the topmost portion is dedicated to Nagachandreshwara. The sanctum sanctorum of the Nagachanreshwara is opened only on the Nag Panchami day.


South facting, Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Shivling is huge and is installed in silver coated yonipitha. The Shivling is very important to tantrics. Small murtis of Ganesh, Kartik and Goddess Parvti are installed in the main sanctum sanctorum. Nandi is located in the exit path.

Mahasivaratri, Pancha-Krosi Yatra, Somavati Amavasya (no moon day in Monday), Shravan month (July – August) are the important annual dates in the temple.

The early morning Bhasma Aarti of the Shivling is an important ritual in the temple. Witnessing it is considered highly auspicious.

There are numerous small shrines dedicated to various gods in the Hindu pantheon in the temple.

The shrine is the epicenter of the Simhastha Kumbha Mela.

You can have live darshan from Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple here.