Grishneshwar Temple is an ancient pilgrimage site revered as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlinga manifestation of Lord Shiva. The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga shrine is located at a village called Verul, which lies 20 km from Daulatabad (near Aurangabad in Maharashtra) and approximately 100 kms from Manmad station. Located close to Daulatabad (once known as Devagiri) is the popular tourist attractions Ajanta - Ellora.
The Grishneswar Temple was constructed by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also
re-constructed the Kashi
Viswanatha Temple at Varanasi and the Vishnu Paada Temple at
Gaya. The Grishneshwar Temple is also known by several other names like
Kusumeswarar, Ghushmeswara, Grushmeswara and Grishneswara.
Legend Behind Grishneshwar Temple
According to Shivapuran, in the southern direction, on a mountain named
Devagiri lived a Brahmin called Brahmavetta Sudharm along with his wife
Sudeha. The couple did not have a child because of which Sudeha was sad.
Sudeha prayed and tried all possible remedies but in vain. Frustrated of
being childless, Sudeha got her sister Ghushma married to her husband.
On the advice of her sister, Ghushma used to make 101 lingas, worship
them and discharge them in the near by lake.
With the blessings of Lord Shiva, Ghushma gave birth to a baby boy.
Because of this, Ghushma became proud and Sudeha started feeling jealous
towards her sister. Out of jealously, one night she killed Ghushmas
son and threw him in the lake where Ghushma used to discharge the
Next morning, Ghushmas and Sudharm got involved in daily prayers and
ablutions. Sudeha too, got up and started performing her daily choirs.
Ghushmas daughter-in-law, however, saw stains of blood on her
husbands bed and parts of the body drenched in blood. Horrified,
she narrated everything to mother-in-law Ghushma who was absorbed in
worshipping Shiva. Ghushma did not deter. Even her husband Sudharma did
not move an inch. Even when Ghushma saw the bed drenched in blood she
did not break down and said he who has given me this child shall protect
him and started reciting Shiva-Shiva. Later, when she went
to discharge the Shivalingas after prayers she saw her son coming.
Seeing her son Ghushma was neither happy nor sad. At that time Lord Shiv
appeared before her and said - I am pleased with your devotion. Your
sister had killed your son. Ghushma told Lord to forgive Sudeh and
emancipate her. Pleased with her generosity, Lord Shiva asked her
another boon. Ghushma said that if he was really happy with her devotion
then he should reside here eternally for the benefit of the multitudes
in form of a Jyotirling and may you be known by my name. On her request,
Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Jyotirling and assumed
the name Ghushmeshwar and the lake was named as Shivalaya thereafter.