Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is a temple of Ujjain whose mention is also found in some of the poems of a renowned writer of India, Kalidasa. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, it is a five storey building, and has a predominance of Rajput style architecture. A glance of Mughal architecture can also be seen in the screens and pavilions of this temple. Since the direction of the idol here is towards southwards, thus deity is also known as Dakshinamurtias.
Bhasm Aarti, one of the imperative rituals of the Mahakaleshwar temple is a representational depiction of Death and Life. This strange ritual that involves smudging the lingam with ashes brought from the flaming Ghats is a symbol of regard for the demolisher of the universe, Lord Shiva. The Mahakaleshwar Temple is undeniably a cherished place and a pleasing treat for the visitors.