Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple & its "Self-Manifested" Shiva Linga
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ujjain, is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.
It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingams, which means it is one of the most sacred abodes of Bhagwan Shiv.
Mahakaleshwar means the God of time, and people believe that God Shiva is the god of time.
It is believed that the Shiva Linga in the Mahakaleshwar temple is ‘self-manifested, ‘ meaning that it obtains its power from within itself
The original structure of the Mahakaleshwar temple was destroyed by Sultan-Shams-ud-din Iltutmish during his raid of Ujjain in 1234-1235.
The Marathas built the current structure of the Mahakaleshwar temple and the visible deity.
God Shiva pierced the three worlds as an endless pillar made of light. This was the Jyotirlinga.
All the 12 Jyotirlingas are where Shiva appeared as the column of light. Hence, all the jyotirlingas are the manifestation of Bhagwan Shiv.
Mahakaleshwar temple is the only one with a Dakshinamukhi Shiva Lingam. Dakshin means South, and Mukhi means facing, which means South-facing idol.
The main deity of Omkareshwar Mahadev is consecrated in the temple’s Sanctum Sanctorum, which lies above the shrine of Mahakal.
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