Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The Lingam of the Mahakaleshwar temple is the largest in size among all other Jyotirlingas. Also, the temple remains open from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM in the evening. Moreover, there is no afternoon break in between unlike most temples which remain closed in the afternoon for lunch. Here are the rituals that take place as per Mahakaleshwar Temple timings:
|Open||4 AM||11 PM|
|Bhasma Aarti||4 AM|
|Morning Pooja||7:00 AM||7:30 AM|
|Evening Pooja||5:00 PM||5:30 PM|
|Shree Mahakaal Aarti||7:00 PM||7:30 PM|
An important thing to note is that during the winter season, these rituals take place half an hour later than the usual Mahakaleshwar Temple timings.
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.