Why is Lord Shiva Called Mahakaal? Story of Lord Mahakaal

Posted On: April 30, 2024

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is known for his supreme powers and as someone who can even win over death. His devotees seek his blessings with different names such as Bholenath, Rudra, and Mahakaal is one of them! It is believed that a devotee who seeks Lord Shiva’s blessings with true emotions, then he is blessed with powers and is never afraid of death. In Madhya Pradesh, Lord Shiva is seated in the form of Mahakaal on the banks of the Shipra River. This is an avatar of Lord Shiva who is worshiped primarily at the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Ujjain. Maha means greater than time and Shiva is the only God who is known by this name in the Hindu religion.

Lord Mahakaal

Lord Shiva is the only God who has control over both Life and Death. People often worship him to overcome death, fears and gather courage or to win over their enemies. Millions of people from all over the world travel to worship him in his temples and seek his powerful blessings.

Kaal simply refers to a period. Mahakaal means someone who is Supreme and above the time or the boundaries of time in the Universe. But why is Lord Shiva called Mahakaal? In this article, we will uncover two stories behind this mystery and discover why Lord Shiva is also called Mahakaal.

Stories behind Lord Shiva Called as Mahakaal

First Story –

According to mythology, a Brahmin devotee of Lord Shiva lived in Ujjain. During that time, people living there were afraid of the wrath of a demon named Dushan. People were afraid of him and used to call him “Kaal”. Dushan had received many powers from Lord Brahma, and he misused those powers to harass innocent people. The Brahmin was very sad due to the harassment of the demon’s powers and he prayed to Lord Shiva to destroy the demon but his prayer was not listened to by God.

Seeing that his prayers had no effect, one day Brahma became angry and decided to stop worshiping Lord Shiva. Seeing his Brahmin devotee sad, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Hunkar and killed Dushan. People called Dushan Kaal and as he was killed by Lord Shiva, he was named Mahakaal.

Worship of Lord Mahakal has significance in the Hindu religion because of killing the demon. It is believed that any devotee who worships Mahakal can overcome the fear of death.

Second Story –

Another story behind this is when Maata Sati jumped into the fire of the Havan as she was unable to see his father King Daksh disrespecting his husband, Lord Shiva. This made Lord Shiva furious and he started doing Tandav (the dance of death) due to this he was about to destroy the world and everyone started calling him by the name Mahakaal.

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It is said that nothing is stronger in the world than Lord Shiva. Not even time, as it is believed that he existed even before the beginning of time and so he is called the Mahakaal. He is the destroyer of enemies and is worshiped all around the world. Even Lord Yama worships him and takes his approval before taking the life from a human body. Lord Shiva who resides in the Mahakaleshwar Temple offers blessings and protection to his devotees and protects them from evil spirits.

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