Ghrishneshwar is an important Brahmanical religious center; Ghrishneshwar is believed to be one among the twelve jyotirlingas of the Indian sub-continent. Settled beautifully in between Daulatabad and the Ellora Caves, Ghrishneshwar is one of the most ancient and engrossing pilgrim destinations of India and is located in the state of Maharashtra. It is also famous as Ghushmeshwar, Kusumeswar or Grushmeswara.
Ghrishneshwar City Guide is incomplete without a mention of its rich heritage. The city is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be housing one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the sanctified dwelling of Lord Shiva. The place offers immense serenity and peace of mind.As per the legend, the place was once ruled by well-known Ahalyabai Holkar, who also ruled Indore for the period of 1765 to 1795. She had built the famous Grishneshwar Temple alongside Kashi Vishwanatha Temple at Varanasi and Vishnu Pada temple at Gaya.
There are many stories about Ghrishneshwar. One of the famous goes as: According to Shiv Mahapuran, Brahma and Vishnu once had an argument in terms of supremacy of formation. To check both of them, Lord Shiva pierced the three worlds through an enormous endless pillar of light, the Jyotirlinga. The Jyotirlinga believed to be the utmost truth out of which Shiva appears. The Jyotirlinga shrines are the places where Shiva appeared as a blazing beam of light. There are 64 Jyothirlingas in total but 12 of them are considered to be very holy and auspicious.Thus, a large number of devotees visit Ghrishneshwar during Maha Shivratri and also on Mondays to pay respect to the deity of the shrine, Lord Shiva.
Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is one of the very renowned Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, located close to the famous Ellora Caves, near Aurangabad. The temple houses one of the twelve revered Jyotirlingas in India. The temple is thronged by numerous visitors especially at the time of Mahashivratri.
Daulatabad Fort is a very beautiful place to visit. It is situated at a height of 600 ft above Deccan Plateau and is one of the powerful and well-preserved forts of the country. It is completely bounded by a 40 ft deep channel with crocodiles and a wall of 5 km. The term ‘Daulatabad’ refers to “The city of fortune”. It is accredited for its Chand Minar Tower, Chini Mahal and Jami Masjid.
At just 54 Kms from Ghrishneshwar, Bani Begum Gardens is a great place for nature lovers. The lovely garden is made in Mughal style of architecture which was named after Aurangzeb’s daughter-in-law. Bani Begum’s tomb is positioned at the centre of the garden.
At 60 Kms from Ghrishneshwar city, Ellora caves are very famous in the world. It is a part of Charanandri Hills illustrating virtuous harmony in their Hindu, Buddhist and Jain caves. The seventeen Hindu caves (Caves 13-29) were made in 500 and 1000 AD. The most popular among these is Kailashnatha Cave, located at Kailash hill. A dancing figure of Nataraja or Lord Shiva can be seen on the walls. The place has been abundantly blessed by nature and has breathtaking sceneries.
How to get there
Nearest airport is Aurangabad connected by flights from major cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.
The nearest railhead is Aurangabad directly connected by rail with Amritsar, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatanam etc.
Good motorable roads to important places and cities in India connect Grineshwar.
Grineshwar is 442 km from Mumbai, 40 km from Aurangabad and just 0.5 km from Ellora.