Hinduism is replete with stories of various forms of power – Gods and Goddesses that wield that are the creators, nurturer, and destroyer of nature. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva form the trinity of Hindu religion. Shiva is considered the supreme human being and the followers of Shiva are known as Shaiviks. Jyotirlinga is a representation and the most common form in which Shiva is worshipped. There exist 12 Jyotirlinga temples or shrines in India, which include Somnath (Gujrat), Kedarnath (Uttarakhand), Omkareshwar (M.P.), Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Tryambakeshwar (Nashik) and Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain).
Importance of Mahakaal
Considering that it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in India, many Shiva bhakts throng the temples to offer their prayers to the formless god. According to legends, the jyotirlingas are placed at those locations where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. The Jyotirlinga is a symbol of the infinite nature of Shiva. Apart from this fact, it is also important to know that the temple is revered as one of the Maha Shakti Peeth (those places where parts of Shakti fell when Shiva was carrying her body). Since it is considered both a Jyotirlinga as well as Shakti Peeth, the importance of Mahakaal doubles. No wonder, millions of tourist visit the city of Ujjain to have blessings from Lord Shiva and Mahakali.
Mahakaal in News
The holy month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar is considered extremely auspicious. Many devotees throng Shiva temples to please the god and ask for their blessings. However, over the years it has been observed that excess use of worshipping material has caused the Shivling to reduce in size. This has become a matter of great concern for the worshippers. The Supreme Court has offered a ruling regarding the new norms for worshipping Lord Shiva at Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain.
- Only RO purified water to be used for worship
It had been observed that over a period of time, there has been a minuscule reduction in the size of shivlinga. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Geological Survey of India (GSI), both independent bodies have studied and found that the bacteria present in water adhere to the shivlinga and have been eroding it slowly. Hence, it has been concluded that only RO purified water will be used for Jalabhishek.
- Limitation on the amount of water for Jalabhishek
Every day numerous people come and pour water on the shivilinga. The court has ordered the limitation to 500 ml per person to ensure minimum further damage to the Jyotirlinga.
- Restriction on Bhasma Aarti
The shringar of Shiva using bhasma is also under new guidelines! The Shivlinga will now be covered with dry cotton cloth to prevent its erosion due to ash during the ‘Bhasma Aarti’.
- New ‘Abhishek’ rules
Every follower will be allowed to offer milk or ‘panchamrut’ in a certain limited rationed quantity now!
Shiv devotees are advised to keep in mind the following points while they visit Ujjain for taking blessings of Lord Mahakaal.