Mahakaleshwar– The only Jyotirlinga which faces south
Located at the ancient city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is situated on the side of the Rudra Sagar lake. Lord Shiva here is in the form of Swyawambhu, emanating the power from itself against other images and lingams which were ritually established and invested later with mantra-shakti.
The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Mahakaleshwar faces south, thus is dakshinamurthy. This is unique among other Jyotirlinga since others faces other directions rather than south. There is an idol of Omkareshwar Mahadev sanctified in sanctum above the shrine. One can also see the images of Ganesh, Parvati, and Kartikeya in west, north, and east of the sanctum. Further south, is an image of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Visitors can worship the Nagchandreshwar idol on the third storey, which only opens on the day of Nag Panchami.
The entire temple has five levels, including the underground. Massive courtyard with massive walls surrounds the temple. The shikhara is made with great details in terms of sculptural finery. To the underground sanctum, the brass light lights the way. Unlike other shrines, the prasads offered here can be offered to others too.