The Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country and gets devotees throughout the year.
The Shivling housed in its sanctum sanctorum is believed to be a ‘swayambhu’ ling, or self-originated one.
The temple is visited by lakhs of people, especially during the Shravan season of the Hindu calendar or Mahashivratri.
The over 900-meter-long corridor billed as one of the largest such corridors in India, has been named ‘Mahakal Lok’ by the state government.
Two gateways — Nandi Dwar and Pinaki Dwar separated by a short distance, have been erected near the starting point of the corridor, which winds its way to the entrance of the ancient temple, offering aesthetic views along the way.
The corridor is decorated with 108 ornate sandstone columns bearing trident-style designs on the top and ‘mudras’ of Lord Shiva on its faces.
It also has gushing fountains surrounded by artistic sculptures of the deity and illuminated murals.
An anthem dedicated to Lord Shiva, the resident deity of the ancient Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, will be sung by Kailash Kher.