Devotees attend ‘Bhasm Aarti’ at Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain

Feb 21, 2020

Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Feb 21 (ANI): Devotees thronged the Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple in large numbers on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri on February 21. Several devotees attended a special ‘Bhasm Aarti’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain. Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the Jyotirlingas in India. The lingam at the Mahakala is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself) deriving currents of power shakti from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. Maha Shivratri is one of the most splendidly celebrated festivals across the country. It celebrates the grand marriage of the lord of destruction - Shiva - with the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty - Parvati - who is also known as Shakti (power). According to Hindu mythology, on the night of the marriage, Lord Shiva had a very diverse group of acquaintances including Hindu gods, goddesses, animals and demons escorting him to the house of the goddess. The duo of Shiv and Shakti is considered to be the epitome of love, power and togetherness. The festival, marking the initiation of their bond - 'Maha Shivratri' - is celebrated with great fervour across India.