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Grishneshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotrilinga dwellings. The shrine of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is situated in Verul, 20 km from Daulatabad in Maharashtra. The famous tourist attractions Ajanta-Ellora Caves are located near Daulatabad (formerly known as Devagiri).
The Temple of Grishneswar was founded by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also reconstructed the Temple of Kashi Vishwanath at Varanasi which is another of the 12 Jyotirlingam. Several other names such as Kusumeswar and Grushmeswar temples also called the Grishneshwar Temple.
According to the Shiva Purana, a brahmin called Brahmavetta Sudharma lived alongside his wife Sudeha on a mountain called Devagiri. The couple hadn’t had a child that deeply disturbed Sudeha. Sudeha prayed and tried every solution possible but it was of no use.
In the end Sudeha married her sister Ghushma to her husband, out of anger. On the saying of Sudeha, Ghushma used to discharge 101 shiv linga daily into the nearby lake.
Ghushma gave birth to a baby child, with the blessings of Lord Shiva. That made her sister Sudeha jealous. She killed Ghushma ‘s son one night out of envy, and threw his body into the water.
Ghushmas and Sudharma engaged in their daily prayers the next morning, and found nothing wrong. Also Sudeha got up and began doing her daily chores. However, Ghusma’s daughter-in – law saw the blood-covered bed of her husband.
Horrified, she ‘d revealed everything to Ghushma and Sudharma. Such was the devotion to the Lord of Sudharma and Ghushma, that they did not dissuade even
She also went down to the lake and saw her son approaching her. She has not even shown any emotion since then. Lord Shiv appeared before her at that time and told her that Sudeha had murdered her mother. Even then, Ghushma requested that the Lord forgive and emancipate Sudeha.
Lord Shiva, overcome by her loyalty and kindness, gave her another boon. Ghushma wanted the Goddess, in the form of a jyotirlinga, to live in the village to protect the inhabitants, and to be called by her name.
Ghrishneshwar Temple serves as the abode for Lord Shiva devoted to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. And Maharashtra’s Ajanta Caves and Daulatabad
A devotee of Shiva, Ghushma, Verul’s general, once found a treasure concealed within the snake pit (ant hill). He spent the money on the temple renovation and created a lake in Shikharshinganapur. The Grishneshwar temple was later restored by Goutamibal (Bayajabai) and Ahilyadevi Holkar.
This temple, 240 ft x 185 ft, is as powerful and majestic as ever there. The Dashavataras are carved in red at halfway up the temple
There are exquisite carvings on those pillars. The drawings and the scenes are wonderful. The Garbhagriha is 17 fts x 17 ft. The Lingamurty faces to the east. In the court hall is a splendid Nandikeshwara.