Story of Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

It is said that if someone asks for something from Lord Bholenath with a true heart, he definitely gets it. Among all the gods, Lord Shiva is the only one who becomes happy easily, all that is needed is devotion.

Today in this blog we will tell you about the story of Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, so without any delay let us go straight to Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh where this Jyotirlinga of our Lord Lord Shiva is situated. The story of the origin of this Jyotirlinga is also amazing. It is said that in this city there lived a Brahmin, a great scholar of the four Vedas, his name was Vedpriya. He had immense faith in Lord Shiva. With the blessings of Bholenath, he had four sons whose names were Devpriya, Sanskrit, Priyamadha and Suvrata. At that time the terror of demons was on the entire earth. The demons would disrupt the yagya of the Brahmins, harass the sages and even kill them. There was a similar demon in Ujjain whose name was Dushan. Due to Brahma’s boon, no one could defeat him in the war, his victory was always certain. Being intoxicated by this boon, he created havoc all around. Everyone was afraid of his terror. Then the Brahmin’s sons started worshiping Lord Shiva to save Ujjain from this tragedy. They also asked the people of Ujjain to worship Lord Shiva. During the puja, that demon suddenly came there. As soon as he raised his weapon to kill the Brahmin’s sons, Lord Shiva appeared from the womb of the earth. He immediately ended Dushan and made the people of Ujjain free from fear forever.

done. Lord Shiva was pleased with the worship of those four Brahmins and asked them to ask for a boon. The four sons requested him to stay there for the welfare of the earth. Then it was established there forever in the form of a Jyotirlinga which we and you know today as Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.

Important events/key points

  1. Ujjain is also known by the names Ujjaini and Avanti. It is one of the oldest cities in the world which is approximately 4000 years old.
  2. Iltutmish had demolished the ancient temple in 1235 AD. Shamsuddin Iltutmish was the ruler of the Shamshi state in the Delhi Sultanate.
  3. This temple was last renovated by Rawat ji Shinde during the Maratha period in the 18th century.
  4. This is the only Jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlingas which faces south. Being south facing, it has a very special significance in Tantric traditions. It is the only temple where Tantric worship is performed.
  5. Every morning at 4:00, Lord Shiva is adorned with ashes. This ashes is not from any Havan Kund but from the burning pyre. After adornment, Aarti of Lord Bholenath is performed. To participate in this Aarti, saree is mandatory for women and dhoti for men.
  1. The entire temple is divided into 3 floors, at the bottom Mahakaleshwar himself is seated. After this, there is the temple of Omkareshwar on the first floor and the temple of Shri Nagchandreshwar on the second floor. The specialty of this temple is that it is opened only once a year on the day of Nag Panchami.
  2. Every 12 years, Kumbh Mela is organized in Ujjain where hundreds of Sadhus, Rishis, Nagasadhus from India and abroad arrive. This Kumbh Mela lasts for a month. All the saints take bath in Shipra river and leave for the darshan of Bholenath.
  3. The tune of Mahashivratri is heard in Ujjain 9 days in advance. It is said that on the day of Mahashivratri, the marriage of Goddess Parvati and Lord Bholenath took place. On this day, no stove is lit in anyone’s house in Ujjain, food is arranged for everyone in the temple. So this was the story of Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.

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