Located at a village called Verul which lies at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad (Devagiri) and 30 km from Aurangabad, Ghrishneshwar/ Grushneshwar, Jyotirlinga Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. It is believed as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga on the earth. The temple lies very near to the Buddhist caves of Ellora, only half a kilometer away.
There are two legends surrounding the origin of Grishneshwar shrine. In the first one, Lord Shiva and Parvathi devi were staying near the Shivalay. One day, the Goddess mixed the vermillion with Shivalay water to apply on her forehead. The vermillion transformed into a Linga and a radiant light emanated from it. She named it Grishneshwar since the Linga came from the rubbing action of her fingers (Grishna means friction).The second legend i...View more
that a great Brahmin scholar Sudharm was persuaded by his first wife Sudeha to marry her sister Ghushma as they were childless. Ghushma used to make 101 Lingas, worship them and discharge them in the nearby lake. Ghushma and Sudharm had a son, but over the years, blinded by jealousy, Sudeha killed the boy in his sleep and threw the body into a lake. As a deeply mourning Gushma continued with her morning ritual of worshipping the Lingas, she saw her son emerging from the lake. Lord Shiva, pleased with her devotion gave back her son and granted her a boon. Accepting Ghushma's request to remain forever in the place , the Lord continued to reside there in the form of a Jyotirlinga. Thus He also came to be called Ghushmeswar.This Temple is part of famous 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.
The Grishneshwar Temple, built of red rocks, with a five tiered shikara (temple tower) and stunning carvings exemplifies the architectural brilliance of the past eras. On the way to the temple, the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu are intricately carved in red stone. The temple has many remarkable sculptures and carvings of Indian Gods and Goddesses. The wedding ceremony of the Lord and Parvathi devi are pictured in beautiful murals. There is a huge co...View more
rt hall built on 24 carved pillars. The presiding deity of Lord Grishneshwar, in the form of Lingam, faces towards the east.Picture courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
Grishneswar Temple can be reached-
By road - Aurangabad is well connected to Mumbai other cities of Maharastra by bus. Private taxis, autos as well as bus services are available from Aurangabad to Ellora.
By train - Aurangabad is the nearest railway station and there are regular trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Amritsar, Hyderabad etc
By air - Aurangabad is the nearest airport and there are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai.
Men must remove their shirts/t-shirts when entering the temple. Women are expected to wear Indian attire. Jeans, Shorts, Skirts etc are not allowed.
The city of Aurangabad, erstwhile part of the state of Hyderabad, is heavily influenced by the culture of that area in its language as well as cuisine. It is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in India. Being the tourism capital of Maharashtra, with some of the major rock-cut architectural sites like Ajanta and Ellora, the area witnesses a steady flow of domestic and foreign tourists.
Language Spoken:Marathi, Hindi
Devotees are allowed inside the Grabhagriha of Grishneswar Temple to touch the Shiv lingam
Milk, flowers are the main offerings at Grishneswar Temple.