Facets of Ujjain’s ‘Mahakal Lok’

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Two grand gateways, a majestic colonnade of 108 ornate pillars made of intricately carved sandstones, gushing fountains and a running panel of over 50 murals depicting stories from Shiv Puran are among the major highlights of the ‘Mahakal Lok’ in Ujjain.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on October 11, the first phase of the Rs 856-crore Mahakaleshwar Temple corridor development project here, located around 200 km from the state capital Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took stock of the preparations underway for the event on October 11 and oversaw dress rehearsal of various cultural performances.

The over 900-meter-long corridor – ‘Mahakal Lok’ — billed as one of the largest such corridors in India skirts around the old Rudrasagar Lake which has also been revived as part of the redevelopment project around the ancient Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country that gets devotees throughout the year.

Two majestic 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 and offers aesthetic views along the way.