Mahakaleshwar Navratri is an important festival of 9-nights celebrated in Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple (Jyotirlinga Temple), Madhya Pradesh. It is celebrated during Maha Shivaratri festival.
In 2017, Mahakaleshwar Navratri begins on February 15 and ends on February 24 (Mahashivratri day).
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the most famous Shiva Temples and is one of the Dwadasha Jyothirlinga Temples (13 ancient and most sacred temples dedicated to Lord Shiva).
During Mahakaleshwar Navratri, Lord Mahakaal (Shiva) is decked in different attires (Shrungar) on each day. Shrungar is a ritualistic procedure of decoration to Lord Mahakaal.
Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple is located on the side of the Rudrasagar lake. Mahakaleshwar Shivalingam is believed to be Swayambhu (Self manifested). The consort for Mahakaal is Goddess Mahakali.
Other famous festivals celebrated in Ujjain Mahakaal temple are – Sharad Navratri, Diwali, Sawari Yatra on Mondays in Shravan Month, Harihara Milana on Baikunta Chaturdashi in Kartik Month and Narmada Jayanti.
In 2016, Mahakaleshwar Navratri begins on February 29 and ends on March 7 (Mahashivratri day).
In 2015, Mahakaleshwar Navratri begins on February 9 and ends on February 17 (Mahashivratri day).
In 2014, Mahakaleshwar Navratri begins on February 19 and ends on February 27 (Mahashivratri day).
In 2013, Mahakaleshwar Navratri begins on March 2 and ends on March 10 (Mahashivratri day).