Lord Shiva is considered to be the most powerful and destructive god among all Hindu deities. It is said that the simple utterance of the mantra “OM” can melt his heart and a person who chants his name with a pure soul can conquer his heart easily. The term jyotirlinga means the endless pillar of light which is derived from the first appearance of Lord Shiva on the earth. We have 12 jyotirlinga’s in our country and the one among those is Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh.
Mahakaleswar is one of the names of Lord Shiva in his endless names list. The uniqueness of the Mahakaleswar idol in this temple is that it faces towards south which we cannot see in any other jyotirlingas. This is why he is also known to be ‘Dakshinamurti’ which means facing the south. Mahakaleswar temple is located on the side of Rudra Sagar lake which is in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It is said that upon hearing the pleas of his helpless devotees, Lord Shiva appeared in his Mahakal form and destroyed the enemies of the kingdom.
From that day on, Lord Shiva resided in his light form as Mahakala in a Lingam that was formed on its own from the powers of the Lord and His consort, Parvati. This place can be visited at any time throughout the year, but the best time to explore the real divine charm of this temple is during the festive time and especially during Maha Shivaratri. On the day of Mahashivrathri, a huge fair will be held near the temple and the worship goes on throughout the night.