The sacred shrine or pilgrimage ‘Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga’ is a Hindu temple and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas that had been carved from red volcanic rocks surrounding splendid caves of Ellora by Ahilyabai Holkar in 18th century before whom Maloji Bhosale of Verul laid its foundation as a spectacular worshipping place dedicated to mighty Shiva-the destroyer.
Location: The sacred Jyotirlinga of Grishneshwar temple is situated eleven Km away from Daulatabad (Devagiri), beside Aurangabad (near Ellora Caves) in Maharashtra.
The related saga of Grishneshwar conveys that a firm devout of Lord Shiva who is renowned as ‘Kusuma’ kept on strengthening her faith on the pious mighty god namely lord Shiva by dipping his holy symbol ‘Shivalinga’ into the tank water while taking her own bath. Her husband’s prior wife was jealous of her piety. Thus, she murdered her only infant son but the staunch trust of Kusuma did not shake and she kept on resuming worshipping lord Shiva. The fruit of her strong belief was reaped when her son restored to life charismatically. Since then, God Shiva has been beseeched as Lord Kusumeshwar or Ghusmeshwar.
Description of the temple:
- Shikhara is constructed as 5 tiered and embedded with the crafted image of monkey and bull at its summit point/crown.