The temple of with its soaring shikhara dominates the skyline and life of Ujjain.
The God Shiva reigns eternal and the lingam, one of the 12 jyotirlingams in
India, is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself), deriving its shakti or
power, from within itself.
The idol of Shiva is consecrated in the sanctum above the Mahakal shrine
and the images of Lord Ganesh, Parvati and Kartikeya are in the west, north and
east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is Shiva's bull steed, Nandi. This
temple has five levels, four above ground and one underground which is lit by
brass lamps to light the way.
Shiva Purana, when Shri Ganesh was married of before Kartikeya, and
because of this Kartikeya became angry, and despite being stopped and
consoled by his parents Shiv-Parvati, went away to the Kraunch Mountain.
Even the Gods went and tried consoling Kartikeya, but all their efforts
were in vain, because of all this Shiv-Parvati were very sad and both
decided that they would to Kraunch mountain themselves. When Kartikeya
came to know that his mother-father have arrived he went away.
Eventually Lord Shiva assumed the form of Jyotirlinga and resided on
that mountain by the name of Mallikarjuna. Mallika means Parvati, while
Arjuna is another name of Shiva. In this way both Shiva and Parvati
reside in this linga. The people who visit this Jyotirlinga are
emancipated from all their sins and fulfill all their desires. It is for
the welfare and well being of one and all.
How to reach ?
By Road :
Good motorable roads connect Ujjain with Ahmedabad (402 km), Bhopal (183
km), Bombay (655 km),
By Rail :Ujjain
is a railwaystation on the WesternRailway line and connected with major
cities in India.
By Air :
The nearest airport,Indore (55 km), is connectedby air with Bhopal,
Bombay, Delhi and Gwalior.