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Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Daulatabad
Grishneshwar Temple is the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirling. The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga shrine is located at Verul, 20 km from Daulatabad in Maharashtra. Located close to Daulatabad (once known as Devagiri) is the popular tourist attractions Ajanta – Ellora caves.
The Grishneswar Temple was constructed by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also re-constructed the Kashi Vishwanath Temple at Varanasi which is another of the 12 jyotirlingam. The Grishneshwar Temple is also known by several other names like Kusumeswar and Grushmeswar temples.
According to the Shiva Purana, on a mountain named Devagiri, a Brahmin called Brahmavetta Sudharma lived along with his wife Sudeha. The couple did not have a child which upset Sudeha greatly. Sudeha prayed and tried all possible remedies but it was of no use. In the end, out of frustration, Sudeha married her sister Ghushma to her husband. On Sudeha’s saying, Ghushma used to regularly discharge 101 shiv linga in the nearby lake.
With the blessings of Lord Shiva, Ghushma gave birth to a baby boy. This made Sudeha jealous of her sister. Out of jealousy, one night she killed Ghushma’s son and threw his body in the lake.
Next morning, Ghushmas and Sudharma got involved in their daily prayers and didn’t notice anything amiss. Sudeha too, got up and started performing her daily chores. Ghusma’s daughter-in-law however saw her husband’s bed covered in blood. Horrified, she told Ghushma and Sudharma about everything. Such was Sudharma’s and Ghushma’s devotion to the Lord that they did not deter even for a second and kept calm. Ghushma said that the Lord had blessed her with her son and he would protect him. She even went down to the lake and saw her son walking towards her. Even then she did not express any emotion. At that time Lord Shiv appeared before her and told her that Sudeha had killed her son. Even then, Ghushma asked the Lord to forgive Sudeha and emancipate her. Impressed by her devotion and generosity, Lord Shiva granted her another boon. Ghushma wished that the Lord should reside in the village in the form of a jyotirlinga in order to protect the people and that he should be known by her name.
Ghrishneshwar Temple serves as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. Even the Ajanta Caves and Daulatabad town of Maharashtra are situated nearby. The temple was built under the patronage of Queen Ahilyabai Holkar, one of the rulers of the erstwhile state of Indore.
A Shiva devotee, Ghushma, chief of Verul, once found a treasure hidden in the snake pit (ant hill). He spent that money to renovate the temple and built a lake in Shikharshinganapur. Later on, Goutamibal (Bayajabai) and Ahilyadevi Holkar renovated the Grishneshwar temple. This 240 ft x 185 ft temple is still there strong and beautiful as ever. Halfway up the temple, Dashavataras are carved in red stone. There are also other beautiful statutes carved out. A court hall is built on 24 pillars. On these pillars there are wonderful carvings. The scenes and paintings are beautiful. The Garbhagriha measures 17 ft x 17 ft. The Lingamurty faces eastward. There is a gorgeous Nandikeshwara in the court hall.
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
Maha Shivaratri is the most important festival celebrated. Thousands of devotees throng to the temple on the occasion of maha shivratri every year.
Grishneshwar Temple by Air
Aurangabad is connected by verious Airlines with Delhi,Mumbai.Nearest Airport is located at Aurangabad, which is at distance of about 29 km from the city of Grishneshwar (Velur village).
Grishneshwar Temple by Rail
Aurangabad is directly connected by rail with Bhopal, Gwalior, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, etc.Nearest major Railway Station is Manmad at distance of 140 KM.
Grishneshwar Temple by Road
Aurangabad is well connected by road with Ahmedabad 623 Km,Bangalore 1004 Km,Khajuraho 1026 Km,Pune 233 Km,Mumbai 392 Km,Nashik 204 Km,Nanded 277 Km,Jaipur 1013 Km,Shirdi 121 Km,Delhi 1371 KM
Grishneshwar Temple, Daulatabad, Maharashtra