The Mahakala Temple (Ujjain)
The Mahakala Temple at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, India is
an interesting temple site that you must visit during your temple tours to Madhya Pradesh, India. This ancient temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. The Jyotirlingam located inside the main sanctum of this temple is considered to be one of the 12 most sacred Shiva lingams in India. According to historical records this ancient temple was destroyed sometime in the 13th century and was later rebuilt.
This ancient temple dedicated to Shiva is one of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingams of India. The ancient temple was destroyed in the 13th century and the existing structure is comparatively recent. Only an ancient gateway from the past remains. Ujjain is the site of the Kumbh Mela once every 12 years.
The Mahakala Temple, later restored by the Scindias, was
destroyed by Altamish of Delhi in 1235. An ancient gateway, known as the Chaubis Khanba Ghaj, is said to date from the original temple. It stands near the palace of Maharaja Scindia. The riverside temples and ghats are west of here. Other temples include the small Bridh Kalesh-war, south of the Mahakala. The marble spired Gopal Mandir was built by Jai Singh of Jaipur but is so buried in the bazaar that it's easy to miss. The Temple of Nine Planets is on the Indore road where two other rivers join the Sipra.