Shri Ghrushneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple (or) Grishneshwar Temple is situated in Verul village of Maharashtra, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple lies at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad (Devagiri) and 30 km from Aurangabad. It lies at a close proximity to the Ellora caves. Shri Ghrushneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is the 12th temple among the twlve Jyotrilinga temples (the sacred abodes of Lord Shiva). The 12 Jyotrilinga Temples are:
- Somnath Temple
- Mallikarjun Temple
- Mahakaleshwara Temple
- Omkareshwar Temple
- Kedarnath Temple
- Vaidyanath Temple
- Bhimashankar Temple
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
- Rameshwaram Temple
- Nageshwar Temple
- Grishneshwar Temple
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.
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 temples houses the alluring sculptures and wonderful carvings of Indian gods and Goddesses.
Shri Ghrushneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple demonstrate the primordial traditions of Hindu temples and primeval excellence architectural style. The temple is built of red rocks with two tiered Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) and the temple is said to be re-established in the 18th century by Ahilyabai Holkar. On the way to the temple, the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu (Dasavatars) are carved in red stone which delivers a beautiful look. And there are many other wonderful carvings and statues surrounds the temple.
The temple remains open from morning 5.30 am to night 9.00 pm. During August and September months, the temple remains open from 3.00 am to 11.00 pm.
- Mahashivaratri – February or March
- Vinayaka Chathurthi – September
- Navaratri – October or November
- Deepavali – October or November
Aurangabad is well connected by buses from Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra, and also from Hyderabad.
Nearest Railway stations are Aurangabad (AWB) 22 km from Grishneshwar and Manmad Junction (MMR) 86 km from Grishneshwar.
Nearest Airport is located at Aurangabad, which is at distance of about 29 km from the city of Grishneshwar. Regular flight services are available from Aurangabad Airport to Jaipur, Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi.
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