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Bhasma Aarti Dedicated to Shiva in Ujjain Mahakal Temple

Bhasma Aarti, sacred ash ceremony, is the early morning ritual at the famous Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh. It is performed daily from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM. This aarti is performed amidst vedic chants, recitation of stotras and sounds of cymbals, conch an damaru.

Bhasma is prepared by burning dried cow dung. It is popularly known as Vibhuti.

During the Bhasma Aarti no one enters the sanctum sanctorum wearing common clothes. Only males wearing silk clothes are allowed to enter. The devotees are allowed to witness the aarti from the sabhagriha just outside the garbhagriha.

Bhasma Aarti is also performed in the afternoon on Shivratri day.

Earlier, the ash or bhasma used for the ritual used to be from a freshly cremated body in the nearby crematorium. However, this is no longer followed.

Shiva and Bhasmasura