Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Verul, Aurangabad district

Address : Verul, Maharashtra 431101

District : Sambhaji Nagar

Phone : 094227 14413

Completed :18th century

Deity : Shri Grishneshwar (Shiva)

Famous For : Maha Shivaratri

 

Overview:

Grushneshwar Jyotirlinga Mandir or Grushneshwar is a Jyotirlinga mandir of Shiva in Verul village of Sambhajinagar district, Maharashtra. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga mandirs. The mandir is a national protected site, one and half kilo meters away from UNESCO World Heritage Site the Ellora Caves, 30 kilometres (19 miles) far north-west of the city Sambhaji Nagar, and 300 kilometres (190 miles) east-northeast far from Mumbai. Grushneshwar is mentioned in Shiva Purana, Skanda Purana, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The word Ghrneshwara means “lord of compassion”. The temple structure was destroyed by the Delhi Sultanate in 13th and 14th-century. The temple went through several rounds of rebuilding followed by re-destruction during the Mughal-Maratha conflict. It was rebuilt in the current form in the 18th century under the sponsorship of queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, after the fall of the Mughal Empire. It is presently an important and active pilgrimage site of the Hindus and attracts long lines of devotees daily. Anyone can enter the temple premises and its inner chambers, but to enter the sanctum sanctorum core (garbha-gruha) of the temple, the local Hindu tradition demands that men must go bare-chested. Grishneshwar Shiva temple is next to the Ellora Caves. The temple was re-constructed by Maloji Bhosale of Verul, (grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) in the 16th century and later again by queen Ahilyabai Holkar in the 18th century. She is credited with rebuilding some of major Hindu temples such as the Kashi Vishvanath temple in Varanasi, a Vishnu temple in Gaya, and a much larger Shiva Jyotirlinga temple in Somnath Temple.

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