Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the most lively Shiva Temples in India. This is one of the most holiest 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva Temples in India. Mahakaleshwara Temple is located at the bank of river Shipra, in the dense Mahakal forests in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
Mahakaleshwar is One of the 12 Jyothir linga temples. The temple is below the ground level. The lingam of the Mahakal at the Mahakaleswar Temple is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself), deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. He is also known as Dakshina moorthy facing south. It is an important pilgrimage centre in India and is revered as one of the 12 Jyotilinga manifestations of Shiva.
The Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the famous tantrik center too. Several impressive ceremonies are held here during the day. However, everyday morning one Tantrik ritualis performed in this temple and that is the "Bhasm Arti" that involves smearing (Bathing) the linga with hot ashes from the burning ghats (cremation grounds) of a corpse that has been cremated. Shiva is believed to dwell in cremation grounds, and the ash-smearing ceremony is a homage to the Destroyer of the Universe himself. This form of worship is symbolic of Death and Life being inseparable and the only one of its kind in the world.
Millions of devotees of this Temple believes that offering Puja at this Jyotirlinga Shiva Temple will not only fulfill all of their desires but also protect them from every chance of premature death and eradicate all blockages in life which hinders prosperity.