Ujjain is one of the holiest cities of India and it drew me inexplicable and strongly. It is not very touristic and I felt some anxiety and pressure which was suddenly resolved in feeling of unusual easiness and shanti here. And it is natural because this is a place of the dakshinmukhi ( facing the South ) jyotirlinga - the great Mahakaleshwar. The first stop in Ujjain is always the Mahakal. This one purpose is worthy of it.
Actually, this temple is the whole small city consisting of temples. Set of small temples are located in its territory, in everyone passes pujas and daily rituals, and you can easily separate from crowd for lonely meditation here. It is known that Mahakal premises is referred as home of gods. There are more than 42 temples in Mahakal temple premises. This include Lakshmi Narasimha, Riddhi-Siddhi Ganesha,Vitthal Pandharinath Temple, Sriram Darbar Temple, Avantika Devi, Chandradityeshwar, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Garbhagriha, Omkareshwar Mahadev, Nagchandreshwar Temple, Nagchandreshwar Pratima, Riddhi-Siddhi Vinayaka.
But for me personally, the most important is the remained unique atmosphere of this place. In this temple, the things very strange and illogical occurred to me but as in such sacred places it is not perceived as a miracle but as a certain perfect reality here. This place has very strong influence on me and I grateful for every minute spent here.
Lord Mahakala is the creator of all beings and the Universe. He rests in the subtle hearts of the deeply mediating seers. He is decorated with Somalekha, Kapala (skull) and the mahi-valaya (girdle of serpent). His glory has been sung by the resident of Avantika throughout the ages. The people at large surrender Him all their virtues and vices in order to attain the deliverance.
We bow down to Lord Siva who in the lingam form is Taraka in the Heaven, Hatakesvara in Patala (the world beneath ) and Mahakala in this mortal world.
He is the OMKARA whose body is adored with the Kundali (girdle of the playful king of the serpents, the who sky is His anusvara, the whole creation is His physique equally glamerous and who sits in the Avantika city which is like the heart-lotus of Lord Vishnu, that merciful Divinity should redeem the devotees form the fear of Death.
O Mahakala, You are the cosmic body and the owner of the Universe : Also the great Yogin. We bow down to You.
O Mahakala, You are the generator of the Time wheel and the superb courage, We bow down to you.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA NAMAH MAHAKALESHWARAYA