20th February 2016
DAY -3, 04-02-2016.
After the dharshan of Sri Nagnath at Aundha, we proceeded to Ellora, Daulatabad in Mahrashtra to have the dharshan of Sri Ghrishneshwar or Ghushmeshwar, even-though it was planned on 05-02-2016. ( We have to travel a long distance via Shani Shingnapur to Shirdi ).
SRI GHRISHNESHWAR OR GHUSHMESHWAR
Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the twelfth Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana "kotirudra sahinta", referred as Ghushmeshwar jyotirlinga. Ghushmeshwar is believed as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga on the earth.
Iraivan : Sri Ghrishneshwar and Sri Ghusmeshwar
Iraivi : Sri Parvathy
Some of the important details are as follows...
- The temple is facing west
- In the prakaram sannadhi for Bolenath, Parvathy, & Ganesh with Nandhi.
- The sanctum measures 17ft x 17ft. And Moolavar is about 5 ft below the mandapam level.
- A mandapam with Nandhi was built at a latter stage with red stones on 24 pillars. On these pillars there are reliefs. The scenes and paintings are in the mandapam. Dashavatara reliefs are carved in red stone.
- Bhosale an ardent Shiva devotee, (The Patel or chief of Verul) renovated the temple and built a lake in Shikhar shinganapur, from the treasure he got from an ant hill, by the grace of Lord Grishneshwar.
- Later on, Goutamibal (Bayajabai) and Ahilyadevi Holkar renovated the Grishneshwar temple, which measures 240ft x 185 ft.
- Vimanam is of 6 levels and sanctum is also of red stone. In the Vimana sudhai sirpam of Subramaniyar, Shiva and Parvathy on Rishapam and Vinayagar are facing east. And kalasam is made of gold.
- Gents should remove the shirt and baniyan before entering in to the sanctum
The stories associated with Ellora, Shiva temple and Ghrishneswar are like this:
This was originally a settlement of the Naga tribes. The place of the Nagas is Bambi, which is known as “Varul” in Marathi “Varul” gradually changed into “Verul” on the banks of river Yelaganga. The name “Verul” is derived from Yelaganga river and the area with capital Yelapar, or Yelur or Verul, was ruled by the King named “Yela”.
Once the king went hunting. While hunting, the king killed the animals living with the Rishis and munivars too. On seeing this the rishis cursed the king’s body should be infested with insects.
The King began to wandered in the forest and he was too thirsty. Finally found out water to drink in a hole made by the hooves of a horse. Just as the king started to drink water a miracle occurred. After he drank the water he was relieved from the curse. The king did severe penance at that place on Brahma. Lord Brahma was pleased and appeared before him and created the Parashta Teertham there. He also created a huge and holy lake near by.
This Brahma sarovar later came to be known as Shivalay.
The another story goes like this…
On the southern mountain called Deva Parvata, a great scholar Brahmin Sudhama of Bharadwaja gotra, used to live with his beautiful, devout wife called Sudeha. They had no children. They were very unhappy because of this. They were harassed and tortured by the sly remarks of their neighbors. But Sudhama, an intelligent person, did not care about these. One day, Sudeha threatened to commit suicide and sister Dushma, married her husband. Both of them promised that there would be no jealousy between them.
After sometime, Dushma gave birth to a son. And eventually even that son married. Both Sudhama and Dushma, were nice to Sudeha. But jealousy did get the better of Sudeha. Once she picked up Dushma’s son who was sleeping by her side and killed him. She threw the body into the lake near by.
In the morning there was a big hue and cry. Dushma’s grief knew no bounds. Even then, she went to the river to do her routine worship. She made her usual hundred Lingas and began worship she saw her son standing near the lake. Shiva was pleased with her worship and revealed the truth about Sudhas forgiveness of Sudha’s sin. She indeed requested Shiva to remain there itself for the welfare of the humanity. Shiva acceded to her request and remained there with the name of Dhushamesha.
THE TEMPLE TIMINGS :
- The temple is kept open between 06.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
HOW TO REACH :
- Grishneshwar in Verul village is 29 KM from the airport at Aurangabad. Regular flight services are available from Aurangabad Airport to Jaipur, Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi.
- Nearest Railway station is Aurangabad and Manmad Railway station is on the main route, which is 140 km.
- Bus facilities are available from Aurangabad.
The shops in front of the temple
The Temple main entrance
Vinayagar Sannadhi opposite to main entrance.
The shops in front of the temple
Vimanam – sudhai sirpam of Subramaniyar – Rishabarooder – Vinayagar
west side entrance to the main temple ( kept closed )
An abandoned mosque like structure
Viswakarma Temple – 2 KM away from the Ghrishneshwar temple
A vinayagar temple vimanam - 2 KM away from the Ghrishneshwar temple
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---
….. to be continued