In the Hindu culture, there are a lot of temples in various places and every temple has certain stories behind. It is also believed that long years ago they lived in the world and some strange things happened. Some also have scientific reasons and some are still a big question that can’t even be revealed by today’s science.
Here are the histories and story about one of such temple called Ghushmeshwar Temple and the reason behind Ghushmeshwar Joyotirlinga was evolved and people responsible for it. It is fun and interesting to know about the history that the temple came and also the way they are worshipped.
There are twelve jyotirlingas for Lord Shiva and Ghushmeshwar is considered to be the last among them. People also use to call the temple by some other names like Kusumeswarar, Ghushmeswara, Grishneswara, and Grushmeswara.
The temple is situated in the village called Verul at a distance of 30-kilo meters from Aurangabad and 11-kilo meters from Daulatabad (Devagiri). They are near Ellora and Ajanta caves.
Ghumeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Lord Shiva has a number of devotees, one of them is Bhonsale; he found treasure in the snake pit. From his devotion on Lord Shiva, he decides to spend the money out the treasure completely to construct a temple for Lord Shiva and a Lake in Shikharshinganapur.
Later the Ghushmeshwar Temple was renovated by Goutamibal and Ahilyadevi Holkar.
Construction of the Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
The temple measures 240X185 feet temple is constructed completely in the pre-historic style. On the half part of the temple, Dashaavtars is carved and it has five tiers shikara mesmerizing statue of Gods and Goddess that are carved using red stones. The town hall is occupied by 24 pretty and fine cared pillars.
Lingamurti is sculptured in such way facing east direction, the Garbhagriha is designed to the measurement of 17X17 ft with a fantastic Nandikeshwar in the Court hall.
The reason behind the temple
When Parvati was mixing vermillion and saffron along with water since it considered to be the symbol of married women to apply in hair. She had the mixture in her left palm and she used Shivalay water to mix them from the right palm.
When you started to mix them, she found a light on her palm, which is considered as the appearance of Lord Shiva. The light transferred to Shiva Lingam and she named it as Grishneshwar or Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga and as using it, again and again, the friction (grishna) in between her palm and figure.
The other belief for the temple
In the direction of the south, there was a Brahmin couple named Brahmavetta Sudharm and Sudeha living together. But they were not blessed with children. Sudeha was completely frustrated and she tried in all the possible ways to have children but all of her efforts failed and she did not have children.
So she decided to marry her sister Ghushma to her husband Brahmavetta Sundhram. Her sister also accepted and they got married. Ghushma is a devotee to Lord Shiva and she followed a way to worship Lord Shiva.
She made 101 lingas worship them and she used to discharge them in the nearby lake. She gave birth to a boy baby and she considered it as a blessing from Lord Shiva. As a Ghushma become more proud and this made Sudeha feel jealous on her sister. So she decided to kill the baby, on one night Sudeha killed Ghushma’s baby and thrown in the lake in which Ghushma used to discharge the worshiped lingas regularly.
Next morning Ghushma came to know that her son was killed by her sister. But she remained silent and said that the one who has given me the child will be responsible for bringing back my child to me and protects him and started to recite Shiva-Shiva. After some time when she when to the lake to discharge the lingas that she prepared, she found her son was coming from the lake where he was killed and thrown by her sister.
Lord Shiva also appeared in front of her and stated that he was pleased from her devotion. Ghushma requested to forgive her sister for killing her child.
The Generosity of Ghushma leads to the appearance of Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga
On hearing her words, Lord Shiva was more pleased with her generosity and he asked an additional boon. Ghushma requested to Lord Shiva to stay there permanently in the form of Jyotirlinga. It was done forthe benefits of the people in the place if he is really pleased from her devotion.
She also wanted Lord Shiva to be known as Jyotirlinga, the name given by her for the people.
On hearing her words Lord Shiva Shiva is also pleased. He manifested himself and stayed there in the form of Jyotirlinga and also assumed the name as Ghumeshwar Jyotirlinga. Later the lake was named and called as Shivalaya. It is now popularly known as Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga by most of the people even in the present days.
Like Ghushmeshwar Temple, there are a number of temples which is more interesting to read and know about them. When you read about Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga, you can find people behind the evolution of the temple. In some temples, you can find many stories. You cannot even imagine in the real-time and some even the technology and science that is present today cannot explain.
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