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Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga TEMPLE

Description of the Diety

Lord Shiva :
Grishneshwar Temple ( also popularly known as Ghurmeshwar, Ghushmeswar, Kusumeswarar, and Grishneswara) in state of Maharashtra belongs to most celebrated list of 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva In India. This temple estimated as 3000 years old , Mian Deity Lord Shiva Linga faces east. The sanctum sanctorum includes Lord Grishneshwar and his consort Grishneshwari.

Historical information

Grishneshwar Temple (Most popularly known as Ghurmeshwar, Ghushmeswar, Kusumeshwara, and Grishneshwar) in Maharashtra State is one of the celebrated lists of 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva in India. This temple estimated as 3000 years old with Lord Shiva Lingo facing east. The sanctum sanctorum includes Lord Grishneshwar and his consort Grishneshwari.
The history of Grishneshwar temple states of Sri Maloji Bhonsle, General in the Army, an ardent devotee and chief of Verul village. He built this temple in the 16th century after he discovered treasure hidden inside an ant hill. Rani Ahailyabai Holker, Queen of Indore, renovated this temple in the 17th century. The very devout Lord Shiva devotee; Sri Maloji Bhonsle (The Patel or chief of Verul) discovered hidden treasure in the snake pit (ant hill) by the grace of Lord Grishneshwar. He expended the funds discovered in treasure to renovate this temple and built Lake in Shikharshinganapur.
Later period Smt Gouthamibai (Bayajabai) and Smt Ahailyadevi Holkar renovated this Grishneshwar temple. This 240ft x 185 ft. temple is established as strong, beautiful as ever. Halfway to the temple, Dashavatara (Lord Vishnu Incarnations) are carved in red stone. These are beautiful to be adorned. There are additional beautiful statutes carved out. A court hall is built on 24 pillars. On these pillars there are wonderful carvings. Scenes and paintings are beautiful. The Garbhagriha measures 17ft x 17 ft. The Lord Shiva Lingamurty faces eastward. There is gorgeous Nandikeshwara in the court hall.

Significance Of Diety

The significance of Grishneshwar Temple where pilgrims believe that, by paying visit to this Grishneshwar Temple, one can reap all the benefits of worshiping of all the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is believed that this Grishneshwar Temple is classic example of the pre-historic style of architecture and has beautiful carvings.
Devotees can see the marriage scene of Lord Shiva and his consort in this temple murals and carving. History lovers would find the temple engrossing as several rock carvings of Maratha heroes which are preserved beautifully in this temple. Devotees and visitors find the brilliant five-tiered shikhara (temple tower) amazing to View. The Shikara also includes intricate carvings of the Dashavatara, which appear resplendent in red volcanic rock. Devotees can also marvel statue of Nandikeshwara which adorns the court hall. The Grishneshwar Temple also houses well which offers spring of holy water

Shtala Purama

Once the king went hunting. While hunting, the king killed the animals living with the Rishis and munis too. Seeing this, the irate Saints cursed the king, as a result of which, his entire body was infested with insects.

Now, smitten by this curse, the king began to wander in the forest. His throat was parched because he was very thirsty. There was, alas, no water to be found anywhere. At last he found a water hole made by the hooves of a horse. Just as the king started to drink water a miracle occurred. The king’s body was rid of all the insects. The king did severe penance (Tapa) there. Lord Brahma was pleased and appeared before him and installed Parashta Teerth there. He also created a huge and holy lake near by.

This Brahma sarovar later came to be known as Shivalay.

There is a story about Shivalay also:

Once Shiva and Parvati were playing chess on Mount Kailasa. Paravti checkmated Shiva. Shankara played to be angry at this and went away southward. He went and stayed at a place on the Sahyadri range, where there is cool breeze. This place was given the name of Maheshamauli Bhainsmal. Parvati came there looking for Shankar. She won the heart of Shiva in the form of a hill mountain tribal girl. They both spent some time there happily.

This forest came to be known as Kamyakavana. Lord Mahesha forbade crows from entering the area of Maheshamouli or Bhainsmal. One day, Paravti was very thirsty. Shankara pierced earth with his trident and got the water of Bhogavati from the Patal (Nether world). This is the Shivalay.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ellora, Aurangabad
The Shivalay expands a little ahead where Shivanadi (Shivanand) meets it and a little more further, Yelaganga also flows just near it. When Shiva and Parvati were staying here pleasently, a hunter by the name Sudhanwa came there looking for a prey. A miracle happened and Sudhanwa turned into a woman. At this he did a severe Tapa there. Shankara was pleased and appeared. Actually, Sudhanwa was a woman by birth in his previous life. Thus, Shankara from that very curse of becoming a woman turned Sudhanwa into Yelaganga river. Thus, Punya Sarita Yelaganga was born in the Kamyawana. Later, it was to become the bathing place called Dhara Teerth or ‘Sita’s Snangriha’ and flow from a higher place and goes through Verul village.

Once Parvati, was about to fill her hair parting with vermillion and saffron, in Kamyavana. She kept them in her left palm and mixed the water of Shivalay in it. With the right thumb she started mixing them both. Then a miracle occurred, vermillion turned into a ShivaLinga and a great light appeared in it. Parvati was awe struck at this. Then Lord Shankara said: “This Linga was hidden in the Patala.” And removed it with his trident.

Then a bubble emerged from the earth with water (Kashikhand).

Parvati kept that glorious light in stone Linga and installed it there. This Purna (complete) JyotirLinga is called Kunkumeshwar. But since Dakshayani created this Linga with the function of her thumb. She gave it the name of Grishneshwara (Grishna means friction).

On the southern mountain called Deva Parvata, a great scholar Brahmin Sudhama of Bharadwaja gotra, used to live with his beautiful, devout wife called Sudeha. They had no children. They were very unhappy because of this. They were harassed and tortured by the sly remarks of their neighbours. But Sudhama, an intelligent person, did not care about these. One day, Sudeha threatened to commit suicide and sister Dushma, married her husband. Both of them promised that there would be no jealousy between them.

After sometime, Dushma gave birth to a son. And eventually even that son married. Both Sudhama and Dushma, were nice to Sudeha. But jealousy did get the better of Sudeha. Once she picked up Dushma’s son who was sleeping by her side and killed him. She threw the body into the lake near by.

In the morning there was a big hue and cry. Dushma’s grief knew no bounds. Even then, she went to the river to do her routine worship. She made her usual hundred Lingas and began worship she saw her son standing near the lake. Shiva was pleased with her worship and revealed the truth about Sudhas forgiveness of Sudha’s sin. She indeed requested Shiva to remain there itself for the welfare of the humanity.

Shiva acceded to her request and remained there with the name of Dhushamesha.

Significance

The presiding deity of this Ghrushneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is Lord Grishneshwar (Lord Shiva) in the form of Lingam, facing towards the east. Each Jyotrilinga temples takes different manifestation of Lord Shiva and the idol of Lingam is considered as a presiding deity in every Jyotrilinga temples. Lingam represents the beginning less and endless, which symbolizes the infinite nature of Shiva.

The mythology says that Lord Brahma (the god of creation) and Lord Vishnu (the god of Harmony) had a tough argument on who holds the superiority in creation. To test Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva penetrated the three worlds as an endless pillars of light, called Jyotrilinga. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu was assigned separate directions, one to the upward direction and the other towards the downward direction to find the end of the light in either directions.

Lord Vishnu admitted His Vanquishment whereas Lord Brahma lied that he found the end of the light. Hence, Lord Shiva appeared to be the second pillar of light and proclaimed that Lord Vishnu would be worshipped by all till the end of the eternity and cursed Lord Brahma that He will not be worshipped in any etiquette.

Do's & Dont's

Dress Code :
Males have to remove their shirt/ Bare Chested before entering inside Garbagriha. Wearing Shirt/upper garments inside Sanctum is not allowed.

* Photography is Prohibited

Temple Timings

  • Morning - 5:30 A.M. to Night - 9:30 P.M.
  • During the months of Aug and Sep ie. Shravan, 3:00 PM 11:00 PM

Darshan Timings

  • Morning - 5:30 A.M. to Night - 9:30 P.M.

Seva Timings

  1. Mangal Arati : 4 A.M.
  2. Jalhari Sanghan : 8 A.M.
  3. Maha Prashad : 12 A.M.
  4. Jalhari Saghan : 4 A.M.
  5. Evening Aarti : 7:30 A.M.
  6. Night Aarti : 10 A.M."

Location

Verul, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
Pincode : 431102

Directions

Aurangabad is the nearest railway station and from there the temple is around 35 kms. You can reach there by car/bus.

Travel Mode

Road :
From Pune: 256 km/4.5 hours. From Nasik: 187 km/3 hours. From Shirdi: 122 km/2.5 hours
Train:
Aurangabad is the nearest railway station. Manmad is also closer and better connected.
Flight:
Nearest airport is in Aurangabad, and there are regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur , Udaipur and Few Other Cities in India. "

Nearby Temples

Kailasanatha Temple
Jain Temple
Khadkeshwar Shiva Mandir
Murudeshwar Temple
Varad Ganesh Mandir
Anwa Temple
Ganesh Temple

Surrounding Places to Visit

Ellora Caves
Bani Begum Garden
Bhadra Maruti

Food Details

Several devotees partake with free lunch offered at the temple.

Package

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Private Accommodation

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Sevas

SL.No Sevas / Poojas Amount
1 Karpoora Aarathi 5-00
2 Panchakajjaya Prasada 10-00
3 Astoththara Shathanamarchana 20-00
4 Ksheerabisheka 40-00
5 Harivana Nayivedhya Panchamrutha 60-00
6 1 Coconut Ganahoma 30-00
7 Maha Pooja 350-00
8 Sathya Ganapathi Vratha 90-00
9 Sanna Rangapooja Skaare 500-00
10 Sanna Rangapooja Kadale Bella 600-00
11 Madhyama Rangapooja 600-00
12 Maha Rangapooja 700-00
13 Sahasra Namarchana 300-00
14 Upanishath Abhisheka (21 times) 300-00
15 Trikala Pooja 500-00
16 Hoovina Pooja (Excluding cost of flower) 130-00
17 Alankara Pooja 200-00
18 Pushpaka Rathosthava 2000-00
19 Rajatha Rathostava 3500-00
20 Satyanarayana Vratha 160-00
21 Monthly 1 Ganahoma for 1 year (with postal) 430-00
Other Sevas that can be performed on enquiry and prior Intimation
22 Vahana Pooja  
23 125 Coconut Moodu Ganapathi  
24 1000 Coconut Moodu Ganapathi  
25 Mudi Akki Kadubu  
26 Thulabara  
27 48 Coconut Ganahoma  
28 108 Coconut Ganahoma  
29 1008 Coconut Ganahoma  
30 Atharvasirsha Ganapathi Upanishath Homa Kanike  
31 Sankasta Chathurthi Vratha Udyapana Kanike  
32 Stayanarayana Vratha Udyapana Kanike  

Annual Uthsavas

The car festival (Rathostava) of this temple is held during first week of December.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the main festival celebrated at Anegudde temple.

Monthly Rituals

Sankashta Chaturthi is also celebrated with great devotion. On the Chauthi / Chaturthi (the 4th day after the full moon) of every lunar month, special poojas are held at the temple. Devotees frequently perform several poojas and accept prasadam at this temple.