Lord Maheswar, the Karunaikasindhu in His fiercest aspect of
destroyer is adored as Mahakala - the samharakartha at Avantika. It
is a standing testimony of the universal truth that compassion
embodies in itself annihilation too. Avantika became one of the
premier metropolitan cities of ancient India and trailed a blaze of
light across the pages of history due to Lord Maheswar's taking His
seat here in this role, and He is still continuing so, as evidenced
by certain relics in the form of sculptural monuments, besides
adorning the pages of literature with purple patches of descriptions
of infinite variety by immortal poets such as Kalidasa, Bana etc.,
whose creative artistry invested the place with grandeur that
surpassed Amaravathi, the first word in the inimitable grandiose
splendour. This city went by the magniloquent name of Ujjayini --
the victorious city in mythology, Ujjaini in history, Avanti in
literary master-pieces and Ozene in the travelogues of foreigners.
The history of its past is vast and magnificent.