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Mahakaleshwara Temple is located by the banks of river Kshipra in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The Mahakaleshwar temple also known as Mahakal is among one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. There..

Mahakaleshwara Temple is located by the banks of river Kshipra in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The Mahakaleshwar temple also known as Mahakal is among one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. There are many stories attached to Mahakal temple. According to the Puranas(holy ancient books) , Ujjain city was earlier known as Avantika. It was famous for its beauty and its devotional epicenter. There was a king named Chandrasen who used to rule the city. He was a good ruler and a very big devotee of Lord Shiva. One day a little boy named Shrikar was passingby and heard the voice of king while he was chanting and praying Lord Shiva. He also wanted to pray but the soilders stopped little boy from entering the primesis where the king was praying. Heartbroken Shrikar was crying under a tree when he felt a hand on his head. This was a saint who saw little Shrikar crying and enquired about his problem. On hearing the whole story the Saint told Shrikar that God does'nt belong to a particular person or place. Whoever worships God with a pure heart gets his blessings irrespective of any place. The saint gave Shrikar a little stone and asked him to worship it in order to get Lord Shiva's blessings. Little boy started praying wholeheartedly. People around him made fun of his foolishness and tried to demoralise him by making fun of him but Shrikar was adament and kept on worshipping the stone. Pleased by the boy’s devotion Lord Shiva appeared and asked him his wish. The boy was so mesmerised when he saw Lord Shiva infront of him that he didnt want Lord Shiva to go back. He started crying and told God that if he wants to bless little boy he has to accept his proposal and stay in Avantika forever. Lord Shiva assumed the form of a Jyotirlinga and resided in the Mahakal forest.




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