Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, near Daulatabad, Aurangabad
We halted first at Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple just half a kilometer from Ellora caves.The return route from Ellora to Aurangabad is dotted with many sightseeing places.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is famous as the abode for one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Jyotirling means Lord in flaming form. This temple is a very important pilgrimage center for the Hindus. There are many stories related to the origin of the temple. One inscription there read as renovated by Shri Maloji Raje Bhosale grandfather of Shri Shivaji Maharaj. That was around 16th century. Later sometime in 18th century Punyaslok Ahilyabai Holkar revived this temple.
By the time we reached there it was past 3PM. Luckily for us the temple doors were open. So, we could spend more time inside the sanctum, there was no rush of devotees then. Photography inside the sanctum was a strict NO. We watched the Puja going on there for some time. Pujaris covered the Jyotirling with offerings of flowers, incense, fruits, notes and coins. The hymns and chanting soothed our tired sensory nerves. Male members have to remove their upper garments to be let inside. Outside, the temple walls were sculpted and were of brownish red color stones, same as in Ellora caves. We spent around 20 minutes there.
“Legend has it that a devout woman Kusuma offered worship to Shiva regularly by immersing a Shivalingam in a tank. This was a part of her daily ritual worship.
Her husband’s first wife, envious of her piety and standing in society murdered Kusuma’s son in cold blood. An aggrieved Ksuma continued her ritual worship, and when she immersed the Shivalingam again in the tank, her son was miraculously restored to life. Shiva is said to have appeared in front of her and the villagers. And then on is believed to have been worshiped in the form of a Jyotirlinga Ghusmeshwar.”
Prayer at Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotra by Adi Shankaracharya:(This roughly tranlates to: One who daily recites the names of these Twelve Jyotirlingas in the morning and evening, his sins of seven births gets absolved.)
“सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् ।उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोकांरममलेश्वरम् ।परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशंकरम् ।सेतुबंधे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारूकावने ।वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्रयंम्बकं गौतमीतटे ।हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये ।ऐतानि ज्योतिर्लिंगानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः ।सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति ।”
‘Saurashtre Somanaatham Cha Sree Saile MallikarjunamUjjayinyaam Mahaakaalam Omkaare MamaleswaramHimalaye to Kedaram Daakinyaam BhimashankaramVaaranaasyaam cha Viswesam Trayambakam GowtameethateParalyaam Vaidyanaatham cha Naagesam DaarukaavaneSetubandhe Ramesham Grushnesam cha Shivaalaye ‘
Visit timings of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
The temple is open from 5.30 am to 9.30 pm daily. However, during the month of Shravan (Aug to Sep), open timings are from 3 am to 11 pm. The entry into the temple is free.