of the greatest cities of ancient India, Ujjain is renowned still for its
traditions of spirituality, learning and culture.
Mahakaleshwara: The temple of Mahakaleshwara with its soaring shikhara dominates the
skyline and life of Ujjain. Here, the God Shiva reigns eternal and lingam at
Mahakaleshwara, one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, is believed to be swayambhu
(born of itself), deriving its shakti or power, from within itself. Another
unique feature of this majestic shrine is the idol which faces the south, a
positioning upheld by tantric traditions and found only in Mahakaleshwara.