Some of the sevas and poojas that form a part of the Mahakaleshwar Temple rituals are Bhasm Aarti, Maha Rudrabhishekam, Mrityunjaya Jaap as well as Laghu Rudrabhishekam. Here is a description of these rituals:
This aarti is unique to the temple. The priest applies Vibhhoti to the Shiva Linga every day at 4:00 AM. Only, pilgrims holding a VIP pass can enter the Sanctum or the Garbhagraha for the Aarti. Women cannot witness Bhasma decoration during the Aarti.
In this Pooja, recitations from Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda as well as Atharva Veda take place in front of the Mahakaal Linga.
This Pooja takes place to increase the Longevity of a person. This mantra has many forms as well as names. Also known as Rudra mantra, it has miraculous effects in the lives of the people who perform it. Chanting of this mantra also helps to relieve the individual from the death and rebirth cycle. Hence, this mantra is also known as the moksha mantra.
One can perform this Abhishekham to remove bad effects of different planets on the horoscope and for solving health-related issues. Devotees consider it to be very important among the Mahakaleshwar Temple rituals.