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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Grishneshwar Temple

Grishneshwar Temple is a famous Hindu temple and also known as Ghushmeshwar. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is famed as scared abode of Shiva and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Grishneshwar Temple which is very near to a prominent place Ellora caves, is located 11 km away from Daulatabad near Aurangabad in the Indian State Maharastra. Grishneshwar Temple has its own revere cause of an ancient pilgrimage site and also a sacred place from 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

In the 16th Century, Grishneswar temple was rebuilt by grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by name Maloji Raje Bhosale of Verul. Over a period of time, in 18th century it was again renewed by Ahilyabai Holkar who rebuilt the temple of Kashi Vishwanath at Benares and Temple of Vishnupad at Gaya.

Other attractive places near this temple are Ajanta, Ellora Caves.
Legend behind this temple is quite different. According to history, on the Devanagari Mountain a Brahmin named Brahmavetta Sudharm lived with the first wife named Sudeha and second wife named Ghushma.

Brahmin’s second wife Ghushma had a nice son who was married. They were very devout and strong faith in Lord Shiva They regular do their chant and ritual worship.

The Brahmin’s first wife didn’t like this and was jealous so that she killed the son and threw him away in the lake where his real mother had discharged the 101 lingas of Lord Shiva. When her daughter in law knew this, she informed her mother in law but they were doing their regular ritual and absorbed in the prayer of Lord Shiva. When they came to know they didn’t fear but tried to continue ritual with their faith and said that the one who had blessed me with son that would protect my son and started her reciting “Shiva-Shiva”.

After the prayer she went to that place when she discharged her lingas and his son appeared from that lake. She was not sad or happy. But lord Shiva was so much pleased with her devotion and he blessed her and asked her about her wishes. Ghushma wished Shiva to stay here eternally for the benefit of the devotees in the form of a Jyotirling by her name. Lord Shiva blessed her for her wish and manifested there in Jyotirling form and named as “Ghushmeshwar” the lake was famed as “Shivalaya”.

The village has its own natural beauty having serene atmosphere which empowers the mind through the visit of sacred Jyotirlinga. Presently, village help about facilities for accommodation to the all enthusiastic devotees for temple visit without any hassle.

Grishneshwar Temple one of the 12 Jyotirlinga

Grishneshwar Temple In Maharastra

Grishneshwar Temple in Daulatabad

Grishneshwar Temple Shivalinga Photo

Grishneshwar Temple Picture

Grishneshwar Shiva Linga

Grishneshwar Temple Photo

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