Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a one of the most popular Hindu temples devoted to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, which considered the most holy place of Shiva. It is situated in the old city of Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The temple is located on the bank of the Rudra Sagar lake. The primary god, Shiva in the lingam structure is accepted to be Swayambhu, deriving currents of power (Shakti) from inside itself as against other pictures and lingams that are ritually established and contributed with mantra-shakti.
The idol of Mahakaleshwar is identified to be dakshinamurti, which indicates that it is confronting the south. This is a remarkable feature, maintained by the tantric shivnetra custom to be discovered just in Mahakaleshwar among the 12 Jyotirlingas. The idol of Omkareshwar Mahadev is consecrated in the sanctum over the Mahakal shrine. The pictures of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are established in the west, north and east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is the picture of Nandi, the vehicle(Vahan) of Lord Shiva. The idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third wing is open for darshan just upon the arrival of Nag Panchami. The temple has five levels, one of which is underground. The temple itself is situated in a roomy yard encompassed by massive walls close to a lake. The shikhar or the tower is beautified with sculptural finery. Brass lamps light the path to the underground sanctum. It is accepted that prasada (heavenly offering) offered here to the god can be re-offered unlike all other shrines.
The supreme god of time, Shiva, in all his wonder, rules eternally in the city of Ujjain. The temple of Mahakaleshwar, its shikhar soaring into the sky, a forcing exterior against the skyline, summons primordial awe and love with its greatness. The Mahakal dominates the life of the city and its inhabitants, even amidst the busy schedule of modern preoccupations, and gives an unbreakable connection ancient Hindu traditions. Upon the arrival of Maha Shivaratri, an immense fair is held close to the temple, and worship goes on through the night.