Ujjain – an ancient city in the heart of India-is a place wherehistoryand mythology converge. It was once the capital of a greatkingdom that sought to unravel the mysteries oftime and space. Today,its cultural and religious epicentreis the temple of Shiva’s most powerful manifestation – Mahakaleshwar,Lord of Time.It is said thatthe temple of Mahakaleshwar is situated at the point where the ancient Indian Prime Meridian and the Tropic of Cancer once intersected. The documentary throws light on fascinating facets of Ujjain, its presiding deity, the faith and festivity that Shiva inspires. ‘Mahakaleshwar- Legends of Shiva’ premieresThursday, 5th September at 8pm on HISTORY TV18.
The site of MahakaleshwarTemple is believed to be the most important of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’, where Shiva appeared as an endless column of light. Today, it draws lakhs of devotees from all over the country, especially during Mahashivaratri–the festival celebrating the union of Shiva and goddess ‘Parvati’. It’s a time for faith, fanfare and unfettered festive fervour. The documentary follows life in the city and the temple, leading up to the celebrations. With unprecedented access and scholarly insights, the documentary pulls back the layers, to uncover the hidden meanings, symbolism and significance of rituals, practices and beliefs. Itprovides an opportunity for viewers to experience colour, culture and tradition formed over millennia- a unique aspect of India’s heritage.
Like their city, the characters in the film also straddle tradition and modernity.Whether ascetic Aghori or cool millennial, they are at ease with life in modern times yet bound bybelief and devotion. Twenty-year-old Mansi is abiker and horse-riding enthusiast. Shealso regularly fasts for her beloved Shiva. Quirky costume collector, affectionately called “Muskurake”,is a school principal for whom Mahashivratri is the highlight of the year. For Ujjain’s award-winning Nagada Samrath, regular urban life is never at odds with his passion for creating Mahakaleshwar’s instrument of choice – the ‘Damru’. And for Aghori Baba Bam Bam Nath, devotion to Mahakaleshwar – the Lord of Time, transcends time itself.
Avinash Kaul, MD A+E Networks | TV18 and CEO Network18“At HISTORY TV18 we’ve always put forth best-in-class content that’s riveting, contemporary, and most of all relevant for our viewers. ‘Mahakaleshwar- Legends of Shiva’ is truly a one-of its kind documentary which celebrates the spirit of India with all its ancient wisdom and tradition coexisting beautifully with youth and modernity.”
Watch the premiere of ‘Mahakaleshwar- Legends of Shiva’ on 5th September, 8 PM only on HISTORY TV18.