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Ghushmeshwar/Ghrineshwar Jyotirlinga



Ghushmeshwar/Ghrineshwar Jyotirlinga


Verul village of Sambhajinagar district, Maharashtra

Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, located in the quaint town of Verul in Maharashtra, India, is a sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva and is revered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, believed to be descended from Swambhu i.e. the Self. The significance of the temple is deeply rooted in Hindu mythology and spiritual traditions. According to the scriptures, Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga belongs to a devout Brahmin named Sudharma and his wife Ghushma. It is said that after the true devotion and penance of the couple, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a Jyotirlinga at this holy site, fulfilling their prayers. Devotees undertake pilgrimage to Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga to seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva. The temple adorned with sculptures adds to the architectural beauty and spirituality. The surrounding area of Ellora, surrounded by lush green landscapes, adds a serene ambiance to the holy pilgrimage. Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga attracts pilgrims during the Maha Shivaratri festival, a time when devotees engage in their prayers and rituals to honor Lord Shiva. Pilgrimage to this divine abode is a journey of devotion, spiritual awakening, and seeking the eternal blessings of Lord Shiva.

Mythological History:

Wherever Lord Shiva resides in the form of Shivalinga, they are known as famous pilgrimage sites. Although innumerable Shivlingas of Shiva are established at various places, out of these, 12 Shivlingas are given the importance of divine Jyotirlingas. Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga is one of these 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. In Hindu religion, Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga has the status of the last Jyotirlinga. Like the other 11 Jyotirlingas, the glory of Ghushmeshwar, the last Jyotirlinga of Shiva, is limitless. Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga is also mentioned in Shivmahapuran. It is believed that by coming to Ghushmeshwar and seeing this form of Shiva, all kinds of wishes are fulfilled.

There is a popular legend about this Jyotirlinga which is as follows. A Brahmin named Sudharma lived with his wife Sudeha near Devgiri mountain in the southern country. The only problem in his life was that he had no children. Despite several attempts, the child's cry was not heard in his courtyard. Then the Brahmin's wife Sudeha got her husband married to her younger sister Ghushma. Ghushma was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. She used to make 100 mortal Shivas every day worship them with full devotion and devotion and then immerse them in a pond. Bholenath had great blessings on him. With time she gave birth to a son. There was an atmosphere of happiness and joy in the house after the arrival of the child, but the happiness received from Ghushma did not please her elder sister Sudeha and she became jealous of her. Her son started irritating Sudeha and one night, taking the opportunity, Sudeha killed her son and threw him in the same pond. Due to this incident, there was mourning in the entire family, and everyone started mourning but Shiva devotee Ghushma had full faith in her devotion. Like every day of sorrow, she was worshiping a hundred Shivlingas in the same pond. Meanwhile, he saw his son coming back from the pond itself. It was all the glory of Lord Shiva that Ghushma found his dead son alive again. At the same time, Shiva himself appears there and gives darshan to Ghushma. God wanted to punish his sister but Ghushma requests God to forgive her sister because of her good conduct. On the request of his devoted devotee, Shiva asked Ghushma to ask for a boon, then Ghushma said I want you to settle here forever for the welfare of the people. To immortalize the name of the devotee in the world, Shiva said that I will be known here as Ghushmeshwar in the name of my devotee. Since then it has been worshiped as the last Jyotirlinga of Shiva in the world.

The temple structure was destroyed by the Delhi Sultanate in the 13th and 14th centuries. The temple went through several periods of reconstruction and then again destruction during the Mughal-Maratha conflict. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, it was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century under the sponsorship of Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. It is currently an important and active pilgrimage site for Hindus and attracts long queues of devotees every day. Anyone can enter the temple complex and its inner chambers, but to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, local Hindu tradition demands that men must go bare-chested. The temple was rebuilt in the 16th century by Maloji Bhosale of Verul and This was later done by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar in the 18th century. He is credited with the reconstruction of some major Hindu temples such as the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, a Vishnu temple in Gaya, and a very large Shiva Jyotirlinga temple in the Somnath temple.

Jyotirlinga worshiped by Lord Sun: Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga faces east. It is said that between Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga and Devagiri Fort, there is a Sahasralinga Pataleshwar (Suryeshwar) Mahadev, who is worshiped by the Sun God. That is why this Jyotirlinga is also east-facing. Being worshiped by the Sun, Ghrishneshwar removes the threefold heat (physical, divine, physical) and provides manly pleasures like religion, wealth, lust, and salvation.

This wish is fulfilled: There is also a lake near Jyotirlinga ‘Ghushmeshwar’ which is known as Shivalaya. It is believed that the devotees who visit this lake along with Jyotirlinga also visit this lake. Lord Shiva fulfills all his wishes. According to the scriptures, the couple who are unable to get the happiness of having a child are blessed with a child by visiting here. It is believed that this is the same pond where Ghushma used to immerse the Shivlingas made by her and on its banks she found her son alive. Every year lakhs of devotees come here during the month of Sawan for darshan. Even on normal days, a large number of people reach here.

Timing Of Temple:

Ghrishneshwar Temple opens at 05:30 AM in the morning and closes at 09:30 PM in the evening. During the month of Shravan, the temple remains open from 03:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Various rituals are also performed in the temple during this time. Devotees can be a part of these rituals like afternoon and evening aarti. Afternoon puja is performed in the temple from 01:00 PM to 01:30 PM and evening puja is performed from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM.

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