Nestled 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.