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Mahakaal Lok: Uplifting The Lost Heritage Of Bharat

After the inauguration of the significant Kashi Vishwanath corridor, another jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is set to get its ‘Mahakaal Lok’ corridor in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain. 

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‘Shiva, is the master of auspicious thoughts, concentration, and happiness of the mind and is a symbol of resolutions.’ Lord Shiva goes by many names, he is the Mahakaal, the Trilokinatha, and the Ghrneshwar. After the inauguration of the significant Kashi Vishwanath corridor, another jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is set to get its ‘Mahakaal Lok’ corridor in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the ‘Mahakaal Lok’ corridor on the evening of 11th of October 2022. After the inauguration of the corridor, PM Modi will be addressing the devotees in Ujjain’s Kartik Mela ground, however, the corridor will open for the devotees two days after the PM’s visit. 

Reflection of a 5000-year-old heritage

The perfection of innovation, technology, and heritage of almost 5000-years-old echoes in this corridor. Mahakaaleshwar temple has been a center of devotion for centuries. Similar to several ancient temples, the Ujjain temple was destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries. Often referred to as mythology, the proof of its existence can be found in the writings of poets Tulsidas and Kalidas. 

Repeated invasions over the centuries led to the destruction of many ancient religious sites and heritage. However, it was the spirit of nationalism within the rising kings and warriors who saved or rebuilt these temples. It is said that during the year 1235 invader Illtutmish destroyed the Mahakaaleshwar temple in Ujjain, which was rebuilt by the Maratha king Ranoji Shinde in the year 1734.

However, the glory of Mahakaal was lost over the years as unplanned construction and much took over. In an interview with Naidunia, a research officer Dr. Dhruvendra Jodha said that in the excavation process which was done a year ago for the corridor, they found evidence dating back to the Shunga period which is almost 2000 years old. He also said that idols dating back almost 1000 years were found of Ashtabhuji Ganesh, Tirupurantaka Shiva, Chaturbuji Chamunda, and Lord Shiva. 

An Architectural Blend Of Traditions And Technology 

Restoring ages-old traditional architecture seems impossible as well as impractical to the eye, but the designers of Mahakal Lok constructed a perfect blend of traditions and technology. Talking to PTI, the CEO of Ujjain Smart City Ashish Kumar Pathak, said, ‘The project cannot restore that ancientness that was ages ago, but we have attempted to re-evoke that glory through the old, aesthetic architecture used in the construction of pillars and other structures in the corridor, and also horticultural species mentioned in Kalidas’s Abhigyan Shakuntalam have been planted in the corridor.’

He also mentioned that by blending traditions and technology, a public announcement system has been installed in the corridor which will be used to maintain public order as well as play devotional songs. ‘Mahakaal Lok’ is made including about 40-45 species of religious importance holding items such as rudraksha, Bakul, Kadam, Belpatra, and Saptaparni.

The magnificent architecture depicts a structure telling the story of how Maa Ganga (Ganges) came to this earth through the hair locks of Lord Shiva. However, this is the first phase of the ‘Mahakaal Lok’ corridor which cost ₹856 crores. The 900-metre-long ‘Mahakaal Lok’ is one the largest corridor in the country. 

It has two main gates the ‘Nandi Dwar’ and the ‘Pinaki Dwar’. Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva is also said to be the guardian of mount Kailash. 

After the completion of the ‘Mahakaal Lok’ corridor, the temple premises will be enlarged from 2.87 ha to 47 ha. Equipped with emergency gates, lampposts, and statues that depict different magnificent forms of ‘Mahakaal’ Lord Shiva, the corridor is supposed to boost the sector of religious tourism. It will also give employment and increase in the sectors related to the temple economy.

Reviving the ‘Dharma’ in the past few years

India is a country with the majority of its population following the ‘Sanatan’, also coined as Hinduism. In the past few years, reviving the ancient religious sites has been fast-tracked as it upholds the rich culture India inherits. Some of these are done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi including the Ujjain’s ‘Mahakaal Lok’ corridor. 

Ram Mandir, Ayodhya 

The fight to gain back the legal status of Ram Janmbhoomi dates back to 1992, however, the religious dispute is centuries old. The longest-running case in India halted on November 9th, 2019, when the Supreme court of India ruled in the favor of Ram Bhakts. The bloodshed of Karsevaks came to justice when Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the bhumipujan of the mandir on the 5th of August 2020. The magnificent temple is said to be completed by the year 2023.

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

One of the holiest jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath, was hit by a devastating flood in 2013. Situated in the Garhwal Himalayan range, Kedarnath region saw some state-of-the-art reconstruction as the flood devastated everything except the temple itself, which in itself was a miracle. The reconstruction currently estimates at ₹130 crores, however, there are several concerns expressed regarding the renovation as the shrine’s lands are marshy and unstable. A project close to PM Modi’s heart will increase the flow of devotees once completed.

Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, Varanasi

A city where Lord Shiva’s heart resides, Kashi aka Varanasi, holds utmost importance in the Hindu religion. Within PM Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, the Kashi Vishwanath corridor was inaugurated on 13th December 2021. According to religious beliefs, it was mandatory to bathe in River Ganga and perform the Abhishek of Lord Shiva. However, unplanned developments near the ghats made it difficult to do so. The Kashi Vishwanath corridor connects five important temples within the area along with the current Kashi temple to the ghats of Ganga. 

Uplifting the lost heritage of Bharat can be a difficult task as the modern world doesn’t seem to be involved in religion much. Yet, Hinduism is the longest-surviving monotheistic religion in the world. Such projects play a role in the revival pill in the history of Bharat. 

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