Showing posts with label Mahakaleshvar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mahakaleshvar. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is Mahakaleshvar In India?

 

 

In the holy city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, there is a temple and a sacred spot (tirtha).

The temple is called after the temple's principal deity, the god Shiva as the "Lord of Death." 

At Mahakaleshvar, Shiva is represented with a linga, a pillar-shaped figure.

The Mahakaleshvar linga is one of the twelve jyotirlingas, or Shiva's special places on the planet.

The linga is located in a subterranean area that can only be accessed by passing via a lengthy, dark path.

This sentence might be seen as a metaphor for death's gloom and fear.

Worship at Mahakaleshvar is said to safeguard one from dying too soon or too soon, and to provide spiritual emancipation after death (moksha).

Ujjain has a long and illustrious history as a spiritual, economic, and political center.

It is one of the Seven Sacred Cities (Saptapuri) and is home to a number of significant religious sites.

King Vikramaditya, the founder of the Vikram Era, is supposed to have made Ujjain his capital.

It prospered commercially as a result of the trade routes that ran through it.


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Hinduism - What Is A Jyotirlinga? Which Are The 11Jyotirlingas Across India?

 

Jyotirlinga (lit. "bright linga") The deity Shiva's initial incarnation is represented as a massive pillar of fire that spans beyond the sky and below the ground in various legendary traditions.

The gods Brahma and Vishnu attempt but fail to locate the top and bottom of this pilar.

The form of Shiva appears from the pillar of light and praises them after they recognize their failure.

Shiva's followers (bhakta) believe that there are twelve locations in India where this jyotirlinga manifested; these twelve locations are regarded as immensely sacred, and Shiva is believed to be present at each of them.

The dominant picture at each of these locations is a linga, a pillar-shaped figure that is a symbolic manifestation of Shiva.

Each of these lingas is said to be a distinct incarnation of Shiva, and each of these twelve places is named after the linga that presides over it.


Somnath and Nageshvar in Gujarat; 

Kedarnath in the Himalaya Mountains; 

Vishvanath in Benares; 

Vaidyanath in Bihar; 

Mahakaleshvar in the central Indian city of Ujjain; 

Omkareshvar in Madhya Pradesh; 

Bhimashankar, Ghrneshvar, and Tryambakeshvar in Maharashtra; 

and Rameshvar in Tamil Nadu are the other eleven manifestations of Shiva. 


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