It so appears that during rhw Paramara period, a series of crisis prevailed
over Ujjain and the Mahakala temple. In the Eighth decade of
Eleventh c. AD, one Gazanavide
commander invaded Malwa, looted
it brutally and destroyed many
temples and images. But very soon
the Paramaras rejuvenated every thing.
A contemporary Mahakala Inscription testifies the fact
that during the later Eleventh
c. and early twelfth c., the Mahakala temple was re-built during the
reign of Udayaditya and Naravarman.
It was built in the Bhumija style of architecture, very favourite
to the Paramaras.
Remains available in the temple-complex
and the neighbouring places authenticate
this fact. The temples of this
style had been either Triratha or Pancharatha in plan. The main feature of identification
of such temples had been its star-shaped
plan and the sikhara.
So far as the sikhara is concerned, urusrngas (mini-spires), generally of odd
numbers, gradually decreasing
in size in rows between the well-decorated
spines (haravali or lata)
rose up at the cardinal points
from the Chityaas and the Sukanasas ultimately surmounted by the Amalaka.
Every part of the temple was glutted
with decorative motifs or images.