Jyotirlingas

Grishneshwar (Aurangabad)

 Grishneshwar Temple  Grishneshwar

        Grishneshwar is the abode of one of the holy 12 Jyotirlingas, the holiest and ancient Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple. The religiously important Grishneshwar village is located at a village called Verul, which lies 20 km from Daulatabad near aurangabad in maharashtra.

        Grishneshwar is also known as Kusumeswar, or Grushmeswara and all the names are related legendary stories of the origin of Grishneshwar. The village offers serene atmosphere for empowering the mind through the visit of holiest Jyotirlinga. The temple is situated far away from the noises and the crowds of the city. Devotees from all around the country visit this place and feel at peace. This is the last one of the twelve Jyotirlingas belonging to Lord Shiva. 

        Legend Behind Grishneshwar Temple According to Shivapuran, in the southern direction, on a mountain named Devagiri lived a Brahmin called Brahmavetta Sudharm along with his wife Sudeha. The couple did not have a child because of which Sudeha was sad. Sudesh used to force her husband to marry for a second time with her sister ghushma. after that Sudharm married to Sudeha sister Ghushma. Ghushma was devoted to Lord Shiva and was blessed with a son. Ghushma received a lot of respect for providing Sukarma with a son but this envied Sudesh. When the son got older, he was married. This filled Sudesh’s heart with more jealousy. She decided to kill Ghushma’s son and one night killed him with a knife while everyone was asleep. She cut the whole body into pieces and poured them into the lake in which Ghushma used to pour Parthivlinga. She went back home and slept. Next morning, Ghushmas and Sudharm got involved in daily prayers and ablutions. Sudeha too, got up and started performing her daily choirs. Ghushma?s daughter-in-law, however, saw stains of blood on her husband?s bed and parts of the body drenched in blood. Horrified, she narrated everything to mother-in-law Ghushma who was absorbed in worshipping Shiva. Even when Ghushma saw the bed drenched in blood she did not break down and  She started praying Lord Shiva’s mantra ‘Om Namah Shivay’. She went to the lake like everyday to pour Parthivlinga into the waters and saw her son standing besides the lake. Her heart filled with joy and Lord Shiva apeared and said - I am pleased with your devotion. he also said your sister had killed your son. Ghushma offered her prayers and asked Lord Shiva to forgive her sister as she was elder than her. This satisfied Lord Shiva and he granted Ghushma with another wish. Ghushma asked Lord Shiva to stay in that place to protect and bless the people. listening this Lord Shiva was happy and promised Ghushma to always live there. He changed his form and turned himself into a Jyotirlinga close to the lake. Hence, the lake called as Shivalaya.

        The Grishneswar temple was re-constructed by Maloji Raje Bhosale of Verul, (grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) in the 16th century and later by Ahilyabai Holkar in 18th century.  TheGrishneswar temple is constructed of red basalt. the architecture also represent local style. The view of Grishneswar temple consist of a 'garbha', 'antarala ' and 'sabha mandap'. The area of Grishneswar temple is approximately measured 240 * 185 feet, is still as fresh when itbwas built. the balance and load of temple and main hall on 24 stone columns. The famous caves of Ellora are in close vicinity to this temple. Shri Ekanath ji guru shri Janardan Maharaj’s mausoleum is also situated in this temple.

Daily Schedule at Grishneswar Temple

  • The temple is opened from 4 am to 10 pm. for all devotees.
  • Mangal Aarti    : 4 am
  • Jalhari Saghan  : 8 am
  • Maha Prashad  : 12 pm
  • Jalhari Saghan  : 4 pm
  • Evening Aarti   : 7.30 pm
  • Night Aarti       : 10 pm

Festivals in Grishneswar Temple

  • Maha Shivaratri is a very important religious festival celebrated here. During this festival period, thousands of devotees throng to this temple town.

How to Reach

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