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Mahakaleshwar Temple
Mahakaleshwar of Ujjayan is known among the twelve celebrated Jyotirlingas in India. the glory of Mahakaleshwar Temple has been vividly described in various Puranas Starting with Kalidas, many Snaskrit poets have tradition of Mahakala in the minds of the people is eternal. Ujjain used to be the centre-point for the calculation of Indian time and Mahakala was considered as the distinctive presiding deity of Ujjain.

This Temple has been timeously renovated through successive historical epochs-Shung, Kushna, Satavahana, Gupta, Parihar, Paramara nad comparatively modern period of Marathas.

Altutmis pulled this temple down in 1235 A. Reconstruction of the present temple structure was done at the intance of Ramchandra Baba Shenvi, a Subedar of Malwa under Ranoji Scindia. Renovation and carving better facilities in the temple have regularly been looked after in the contemporary period also.

The idol of Mahakaleshwar is known to be dakshina-murti or south faced. The unique distinction of dakshina-murti worship, upnel in the tantric tradition is realised only in Mahakaleshwar among the twelve Jyotirling of India. Like the Mahakala Shrine installed in the upper sanctum of Omkareshwar Temple, the idol of Omkareshwar Shiva is consecrated in the upper sanctum of this temple. Nagachandreshwar image on the this storey is opened for darshan on Nagpanchmi day only. Mahakala worship by Vikramaditya and Bhoja is well-known buth the temple has continued to receive Royal grants for its puja-expenses even in the Mougal period.

Presently this temple is under the management of Mahakala Mandir Samiti.