HISTORY TV18 shines the spotlight on ancient Ujjain and its Lord, in ‘Mahakaleshwar- Legends of Shiva’
HISTORY TV18 shines the spotlight on ancient Ujjain and its Lord, in
‘Mahakaleshwar- Legends of Shiva’
Hidden facets of history, science, tradition, mysticism and the great festival of Mahashivratri spring to life as never before, in the brand new documentary, premiering on 5th September, 8 PM.
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Ujjain – an ancient city in the heart of India-is a place wherehistoryand mythology converge. It was once the ca pital of a greatkingdom that sought to unravel the mysteries oftime and space. Today,its cultural and religious ep icentreis the temple of Shiva’s most powerful manifestation – Mahakaleshwar,Lord of Time.It is said thatthe temp le 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 HI STORY 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 du ring Mahashivaratri–the festival ce lebrating the union of Shiva and goddess ‘Parvati’. It’s a time for faith, fanfare and unfet tered festive fervour. The documentary follows life in the city and the temple, leading up to the cele br ations. With unprecedented access and scholarly insights, the docu me ntary pulls back the layers, to uncover the hidden meanings, symbolism and significance of rituals, practices and beliefs. Itprovides an opportunity for vie wers 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 mi llennial, they are at ease with life in modern times yet bound bybelief and devotion. Twenty-year-old Mansi is ab iker and horse-riding enthusiast. Shealso regularly fasts for her beloved Shiva. Quirky costume collector, affe cti onately 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 Mahaka leshw ar’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- Lege n ds 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.