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Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple

Considered to be the last i.e. the 12th jyotirlinga is a temple known as “Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple” located in Maharashtra in the Aurangabad district. This temple is situated in a village known as “Verul” at a distance of about 11 km from Daulatabad. Additionally, the renowned Ellora caves lies in close proximity to this temple. Important travel information about this “12th jyotirlinga temple” in the country is as follows.


a. Best time to visit Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple:

The ideal time to visit this temple is during winter that begins in October and ends in March with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple?

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Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple Map

1. By train:

The closest railway station to this temple is located in Aurangabad. The Aurangabad Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.

2. By road:

There are a number of bus services that are available from Aurangabad that connect to major cities and towns in the country.

3. By air:

The nearest airport to this temple is located in Aurangabad. The Aurangabad Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as Jaipur, Mumbai, Udaipur etc.

c. Religious significance:

According to a myth once upon a time there lived a Brahmin Brahmavetta Sudharm and his wife Sudeha in the Devagiri Mountain. Unfortunately though Sudeha was childless as she could not conceive as result of which she was depressed. In response to her depression she decided to get her sister Ghushma married to her husband so that a child could be conceived. Eventually Ghushma (a devout devotee of Lord Shiva) with the blessings of Shiva does conceive a baby boy. Then one day out of sheer jealousy Sudeha kills Ghushma’s child. In response to this wretched act Ghushma with intense passion prays to Lord Shiva requesting him to return her son back and also to forgive Sudeha’s evil act. This dedicated worship and an act of generosity by Ghushma impressed Lord Shiva who then grants her a boon. To which Ghushma states that if he (Shiva) is really happy with her devotion then he must reside at this site i.e. mountain forever. Lord Shiva then agrees to her wishes and transforms himself in the form of a jyotrilinga taking the name “Ghushmeshwar”. It is at this site that this temple was then built.


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