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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga:

Shiva Meditation:

- I meditate on the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Avanti where Lord Shiva appeared in the terrible form of Mahakal to protect his devotee Veda Priya from the atrocities of demon Dushana.

- I meditate on the holy place of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga where Veda Priya and the brahmanas worshipped Lord Shiva, and the entire city was filled with brahmateja due to their nobleness.

- I meditate on the holy place of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga where Lord Shiva bestowed salvation to the brahmanas at his holy feet.

- I meditate on the holy Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, by seeing which a person does not face misery and finally attains Moksha.

(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita 16)

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga:

Shiva Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Events:

Shiva Purana (Koti Rudra Samhita 16): The story of Veda Priya: In the city of Avanti there lived a brahmana who was very noble. He studied and followed the Vedas. The brahmana (Veda Priya) was a devotee of Shiva and used to worship Shiva daily by making a Parthiva Linga. Veda Priya had four sons - Deva Priya, Parama Priya, Sukrita and Suvrata. The sons were also noble and devoted to Shiva. Due to the nobleness of these brahmanas the entire city was filled with Brahmateja.

The story of demon Dushana: A demon named Dushana lived in the Ratnamala mountain. By getting boon from Brahma he became very powerful. He defeated the devas and drove them out of their abodes. He was of evil nature and intent upon destroying the Vedic Dharma.

Dushana comes to Avanti and spreads terror: To destroy the Vedic Dharma at Avanti, Dushana arrived there with a huge army. He called four of his demons and told them to punish the brahmanas who follow Vedic Dharma. Either the brahmana should leave the Vedic Dharma and worship of Shiva or their lives will be in danger. The four demons starting spreading terror in the city. But the brahmanas did not get disturbed and continued to worship Lord Shiva.

People of Avanti takes refuge of the brahmanas: In the meantime, the people of Avanti were terrified and took refuge of the brahmanas. The brahmanas told them that they neither have weapons nor the strength to face the demons. But they have taken refuge of Shiva. So their disgrace will be the disgrace of Shiva. Therefore let Shiva protect them. So saying they continued to worship Shiva.

Shiva protects the brahmanas in the form of Mahakala: Dushana ordered the demons to bind all the brahmanas and beat them. The brahmanas still did not bother and continued to meditate on Shiva. When the demons tried to harm the brahmanas, a pit formed near the Parthiva Linga with a loud sound. Out of that hole Shiva arose assuming the terrible form of Mahakala. Shiva declared that he as Mahakala has come to destroy the wicked. Thus speaking he gave out a Humkara. Dushana and part of his army was reduced to ashes. Part of the army fled.

Shiva gives boon to the brahmanas: The gods played musical instruments and rained flowers from heaven. The brahmanas offered their salutations to their Lord. Shiva was pleased and told the brahmanas to ask for a boon. The brahmanas requested the Lord to redeem them and abide there for the welfare of all. Shiva bestowed salvation to the brahmanas at His Feet and abided there in the form of a Linga. From that day Shiva became famous as Mahakaleshwara. By seeing this Linga, a person does not have to face misery. His desires are fulfilled and he finally attains moksha.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga (Ujjain):

Sri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Ujjain district, Madhya Pradesh Sri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Ujjain district, Madhya Pradesh The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is identified with the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh. A special feature of the puja is Bhasma Arati which is held in the early morning at 4 AM.

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