Ghrishneshwar - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism
The 'Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga' is situated in Aurangabad is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India
located at Ellora. It has great religious, cultural,social and historical significance, the jyotirlinga is a
place one must visit.
Aurangabad District, Maharashtra, India.
'Jyotirlingas' means ‘column or pillar of light'.There are 12 sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva
considered as jyotirlingas, it is believed that these shrines are those places where Lord Shiva himself
visited.The 'Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga' is the last of the 12 jyotirlingas in India. The archaeological antiquity goes back to the 11th-12th century CE. There are numerous references to this place as the Shaiva pilgrim centre in Hindu religious literature like Purana-s.The word Ghrishneshwar is the title given to Lord Shiva. The temple name has been mentioned in Purana literature such as the Shiva Purana and Padma Purana. The temple was destroyed by the Sultanate rule during the 13th -14th century but was rebuilt by Maloji Bhisale of Verul, in the 16th century AD, who was the grandfather of
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Unfortunately, the temple was demolished again during the Mughal
rule, yet it was again reconstructed by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore in the 18th century AD
after the downfall of the Mughal Empire. The current temple structure is the one that was
constructed by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar. It is made from red stone and has a five-tier nagara
style shikhara. The temple's linga is east-facing, a court hall consisting of 24 pillars engraved with
beautiful carvings of many legends and stories about Lord Shiva, the statue of Nandi is a bliss to
the eyes of the visitors. Temple is in association with the sacred water tank,which is also old at; east going back to 11th-12th century CE. The temple is not far from the world heritage site of the monolithic temple of Kailash at Ellora. The sanctity of the sacred landscape of this temple is associated with a site originating at the Shaiva caves excavated here from the 6th to 9th
The temple is in Verul, 35 KM from Aurangabad city in the Aurangabad district in Maharashtra.
The region has a hot and dry climate. The summersare more extreme than winters and monsoon, with a temperature up to 40.5 degrees Celsius.Winters are mild, and the average temperature
varies from 28-30 degrees Celsius.Rains in the monsoon season have extreme seasonal variations, and the annual rainfall is around 726mm.
Things to do
After paying homage to the deity one should definitely see the -
The court hall
The Shivalaya Sarovar
The carvings of Vishnu's Dashavatar
Local markets around the temple
Nearest tourist places
Ellora Digambar Jain temple- 1.1 KM, 5 minutes from the temple
Ellora caves - 1.6 KM, around 7 minutes from the temple
Tomb of Malik Ambar - 4.8 KM, approximately 11 minutes from the temple
Mughal Silk Bazaar - 5.6 KM, approximately 11 minutes from the temple
Tomb of Aurangabad - 9.3 KM, around 20 minutes from the temple
Daulatabad Fort - 13.6 KM, around 25 minutes from the temple
Special food speciality and hotel
Authentic Maharashtrian food, delicious Mughlai plates, mouth-watering street food one can have a
treat of the best of everything.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Affordable accommodation facilities are available.The nearest clinic from the temple is the Vaidyanath clinic at 39 KM, 57 min.
The nearest post office is the Head Post office of Aurangabad, at a distance of 34 KM, 52 minutes
from the temple.
The nearest police station from the temple is the City Chowk police station at 35.9 KM, 55 minutes
from the temple.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
While visiting, tourists should remember that photography is strictly prohibited in the temple.
Men have to enter the temple bare-chested. The best season to visit the temple is between
October and March. The timing to visit is from 5:30 A.M to 11:00 P.M every day but the temple opens
at 3:00 AM during the holy month of Shravan.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi and Marathi.
For every pious Hindu or Shaiva devotee, Ghrushneshwar is the last stop of what is known as the Dwadash Jyotirlinga Yatra. It is here that you will find the 12th ‘jyotirlinga’. Located near Verul (Ellora), 11 kilometers from Daulatabad in the Aurangabad district, Ghrushneshwar is also a favourite with tourists who come to see the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. If finding spiritual solace is your aim, Ghrushneshwar offers that and much more.
The place is also referred to by another name, ‘Kusumeshwar’, as appears in some ancient scriptures. Krishnaraj, the Rashtrakuta king of the 8th century, is believed to have built this huge and beautiful temple on the banks of river Elaganga, at the feet of Mahishadri in the village Verul. He is the king who created the world-famous Kailas of the Ellora Caves.
In 1599 CE, Malojiraje Bhosale, grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji, reconstructed the temple and the Shivalaya Tirtha Kunda. It is said that Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb destroyed this temple. An inscription here tells us that the Ghrushneshar Temple which we see today in red stone was reconstructed by Gautamabai, wife of Malharrao Holkar in 1730 CE.
The temple is crowded on all the Mondays, especially so in the holy month of Shravan as well as on Mahashivaratri, an auspicious day for Shaivas. On this day a palanquin procession of Lord Shiva is taken from the temple to the Shivalaya Tirtha Kunda. Vaikuntha Chaturdashi is a special day celebrated here when Shiva is offered ‘tulsi’ leaves, a favourite of Lord Vishnu. The Shivalaya Tirtha Kunda near the temple is a ‘must visit’ place. It is made of red stone with four entrances and 56 steps on each side. There are eight temples of eight different ‘tirthas’ near it. The Ghrushneshwar Temple is managed by the Devasthana Trust.