( Maha Kaalam)
Madhya Pradesh is one of the seven Moksha Sthalams. It is of historical
importance, for it is the place of Vikramaditya & of poet Kalidasa.
Ujjain is famous
for the two Kali temples - Kali Devi who gave darshan to king Vikramaditya
& a temple for the Mahakali who gave darshan to Kalidasa.
opposite the Mahakaleshwarar temple is known as Koditheertham & it
is said that the colour of the waters of this theertham keeps changing.
The Moola lingam is very small & is located underground. The
lingam in the top level is called Ongareshwarar. The Kali Devi who
gave darshan to Vikramaditya is known by the name Harasiddhi Matha.
There once lived
a brahmin in Avanti, who had four sons, who were great devotees of Lord
Siva. Dushanan, a demon was giving trouble, disturbing all good &
religious activities. The brahmins from all over the land gathered
with the four sons & performed pooja to Lord Siva. The spot where
they had taken mud to make the Lingam, had become a huge pond. When
Dushanan came to disturb their pooja, Lord Siva rose from this pond as
Mahakaleshwarar & destoryed Dushanan. On the request of the brahmins,
Lord Siva gave darshan to devotees at this sthalam, one of the Jyotir Linga