Sunday, July 19, 2020

Shree Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple | Facts of Mandir | Know your Temples

1. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, shrines which are said to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. It is located in which city?

Kashi, Uttar Pradesh
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Gir Somnath, Gujarat
Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
2. Mahakaleshwar refers to the Lord Shiva. One among the significant trinity of Hinduism; Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, Shiva is also referred to as Maheshwara. The Mahakaleshwar temple is where the Mahakal; Lord Shiva is worshipped, it is also known as the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga; one among the 12 temples where the legend of Shiva appearing as the infinite column of light to test Brahma and Vishnu is observed. What does Mahakelshwar means?
The Lord of the World
The Lord of the Earth
The Lord of Time
The Lord of the Universe
3. Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain is situated on the side of which holy river?
4. The presiding deity, Lord Shiva in the lingam form is believed to be _________, deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams that are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti.
5. Mahakaleshwar is also one of the Maha Shakti Peethas in India. How many Maha Shakti Peethas are in India?
6. The idol of Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain has a unique feature, upheld by the tantric shivnetra tradition to be found only in Mahakaleshwar among the 12 Jyotirlingas. What is this feature of Mahakaleshwar idol?
Uttaramukhi - facing the north
Dakshinamukhi - facing the south
Purvamukhi - facing the east
Paschimamukhi - facing the west
7. According to the Puranas, by what name the city of Ujjain was called and was famous for its beauty and its status as a devotional epicenter?
8. This Aarti takes place in the Mahakaleshwar Temple on a daily basis. The Aarti commences each day before dawn breaks. During this religious ritual, the idol of Lord Shiva is worshipped with sacred ash brought from the ghats, and the ash is then applied to the lingam before conducting the holy prayers. Mahakaleshwar temple is the only Jyotirlinga temple where this Aarti is performed. What is the name of this Aarti?
Rudra Aarti
Bhasm Aarti
Mangla Aarti
Shringar Aarti
9. Which great Sanskrit poet, has mentioned about the rituals(He mentions about the nada-aradhana, the performance of art and dance during the evening rituals) of the temple in his works in Meghaduta?
R. Rambhadracharya
10. The beautiful temple has the lingams of Omkaresvara and Nagachandresvara installed in the middle and uppermost parts respectively. The images of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are installed in the west, north, and east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is the image of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third storey is open for darshan only on which day?
Shiv Ratri
Savan Somvar
Nag Panchami

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