What is the Rs 600-crore redevelopment plan for Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar temple

Source: The post is based on the article “What is the Rs 600-crore redevelopment plan for Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar temple” published in Indian Express on 30th September 2022.

What is the News?

The Prime Minister will be inaugurating the Mahakaleshwar Corridor, constructed in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.

What is the Mahakal corridor?

Mahakal Maharaj Mandir Parisar Vistar Yojna is a plan for the expansion, beautification, and decongestion of the Mahakaleshwar temple and its adjoining area in Ujjain district.

What is Mahakaleshwar temple?

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.It is located in the ancient city of Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

River: The temple is situated on the side of the holy river Shipra

Built by: The temple in its present form was built by the Maratha general Ranoji Shinde in 1734 CE.

Significance: Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 jyotirlingas considered the most sacred abodes of Shiva. 

– As per records, the temple’s Mahakal Lingam is believed to be Swayambhu (self-manifested) and unlike any other jyotirlingas in the country, the idol of Mahakaleshwar faces south.

– The shrine is also revered as one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peeth in India.

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