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Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

Table of Contents for Grishneshwar Temple Information

  • Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga
  • Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Historical Background:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Shivalaya Tirthkund:
  • The mythology of the appearance of the presiding deity Shiva in Grishneshwar temple:
  • Why the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is Named Grishneshwar:
  • Prohibited items on the premises of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:
  • Prepaid Entry/VIP Pass:
  • Tourist/Religious/Cultural/Historical Places around Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:
  • Taxi Fare From Aurangabad Railway Station to Grishneshwar Temple
  • Plan to visit Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad), the tourism capital of Maharashtra with us:

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga is the 12th Jyotirlinga and the final one in India, located 38 km from Aurangabad railway station.

The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple stands near Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad) in Khuldabad and Verul village.

This temple holds significance as the 12th Jyotirlinga, one of the holiest sites in Hinduism. Positioned on the banks of the river Yelganga.

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Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Historical Background:

Historical texts, including Shivapurana, Skanda Purana, Ramayana, and Mahabharata, extensively mention the Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple.

Malojiraje Bhosale, the father of Shahaji Raje Bhosale, restored it in the 16th century. Gautamibai Holkar, the wife of Malharrao Holkar.

Subsequently, in 1730, Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore initiated further renovations.

They named the tank here to ‘Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Shivalay Tirth Kund’ in honor of Ahilyabai Holkar.

Architectural Style:

Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga is a historical structure that epitomizes the Hemadpanti style of architecture.

Declared this temple a National Protected Monument on 17 September 1960.

Skilled artisans intricately carved various deities into the lower portion of the temple from the rock. They built a carved arch on the summit using lime and bricks.

Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Shivalaya Tirthkund

Tirthkund design.

The length of the Shivalaya Kund is 240 x 185 feet. The structure of this Kund consists of a volcanic stone platform on all four sides, with a deep rectangular rock-shaped water trough formed in the middle.

Craftsmen built fifty-six stone steps on all four sides to descend from the upper platform to the lower one.

Eight temples were built within the Kund.

This temple was intended to symbolize the Indian Ashta Tirtha temples.

North-Kashi, North-East-Gaya, East-Ganga, South-East-Viraj, South-Vishal, South-West-Nashik, West-Dharavati, and North-West-Rev are sacred sites.

Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Shivalaya Kunda has eight chambers.

Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Shivalaya Tirthkund Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga
The mythology of the appearance of the presiding deity Shiva in Grishneshwar temple:

The story concerns a Brahmin couple, Sudharma and his wife Sudhaha There lived Sudharma, an ascetic Brahmin, and his wife Sudhaha, who loved each other very much.

However, despite their tireless efforts, they could not conceive a child, leading to great disappointment. According to astrology, Sudeh will never have a child. Consequently, Sudheha was always unhappy.

Sudhe wanted a baby very much. For that, she asked her husband to remarry but he

refused. Due to his desire for a child, Sudheha insisted on marrying his wife continuously. After a few days, she asked her husband to marry her younger sister Ghushma to have a child.

And always insisted. That her husband should marry her sister. Due to this stubbornness, Sudheha’s husband agreed to marry Ghushma.

Sudharma and Ghushma had a cute baby boy.

Sudha’s stubbornness led Sudharma and Ghushma to get married. After a few days, Sudharma and Ghushma had a cute baby boy. They were very happy, and finally, the boy married. But after this, Sudheha felt that her husband was drifting away from her.

Due to this, Sudheha became jealous of Ghushma and her son. After the birth of Ghushma’s son, she realizes that her husband has fallen in love with Ghushma.
Overwhelmed by jealousy, Sudha took the drastic step of killing Ghushma’s innocent son in his sleep. She then mercilessly disposed of the body by throwing it in a kunda.

Despite this, Ghushma, a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva, remained committed to his daily ritual of immersing and worshiping the 101 Shiva lingams in the kunda.

On that fateful day, despite her grief, Ghushma remained steadfast in her devotion. She worshiped Lord Shankara and immersed 101 Shivlingas as usual.

Lord Shiva Appears

At that time Lord Shiva appears there. And with the blessings of Lord Shiva, Ghushma’s son comes out of the tank alive. At that time, due to this act of Sudheha, Shivji decides to give the death penalty.

But Ghushma greets Shivji with folded hands and says forgive my unfortunate sister. Today I got my son back with your blessings.

Shivji asks Ghushma what do you want. Then Ghushma, I don’t want anything from you, stay here for the welfare of people. Lord Shiva accepted the prayer merged into the Jyotirlinga of the temple and took up residence.

As the 12th Jyotirlinga in India and the land of Shiva, devotees always crowd this place. There is a huge crowd of devotees here during the Shravan month of the year. Every Monday thousands of devotees from the state and abroad attend here for darshan.

Why the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is Named Grishneshwar:

Shivji appeared in the temple due to Ghushma, a true worshiper of Shivji. Consequently, the temple gained importance as a holy place. As a result, the deity of the temple is known by various names like Kusumeshwar, Ghusmeswar, Ghrishmeshwar & Ghrishneshwar, ultimately becoming recognized as “Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga”.

Prohibited items on the premises of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:
  • Men going for darshan in Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple have to remove their shirt/t-shirt Above the waist. (Only for men)
  • Visitors cannot bring leather items inside the temple.
  • The shrine rigorously prohibits the carrying of items such as belts, pockets & purses, etc. during the darshan of Lord Shiva. Therefore fore visitors must adhere to these guidelines.
  • Mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside the temple.
  • Visitors must fully comply with this rule to enter the core.
Prepaid Entry/VIP Pass

There is no prepaid entry or VIP pass facility available at Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Tourist/Religious/Cultural/Historical Places around Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Siddheshwar Mahadev Temple” is located near Ghrishneshwar Temple.
  • At 1 km, Ellora Caves/Kailash Cave, with nearby Jyotirlinga temple.
  • Shri Bhadra Maruti Hanuman Mandir” is a Hindu religious place at a distance of 4.5 km from Verul Caves.
  • Near Sri Bhadra Maruti Hanuman Temple at an 11 km distance are “Devagiri Fort” and “Mhaismal cool place”.
  • You can see the Mughal “Tomb of Aurangzeb” 10 km from Devagiri Fort.

Taxi Fare From Aurangabad Railway Station to Grishneshwar Temple

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01ETIOS/ DESIRE TAXI A/CAll tolls and parking included2600 Rs
02ERTIGA TAXI A/CAll tolls and parking included3100 Rs
03INNOVA TAXI A/CAll tolls and parking included3600 Rs
04INNOVA CRYSTA TAXI A/CAll tolls and parking included4100 Rs
05TEMPO TRAVELLER TAXI A/CAll tolls and parking included5100 Rs
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