|Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, temple, Ellora. bharatdiscovery.org|
|Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple, Ellora. bharatdiscovery.org|
|Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga temple, Ellora.www.alamy.com|
The temple was re-built by Maloji Bhosale of Verul, (grandfather of Shivaji) in the 16th century and later Rani Ahalyabai of Indore, after the fall of the Mughal Empire, took the initiative and had the temple rebuilt, preserving as much as possible the heritage value of the temple and the old glory. Hindu temples such as the Kashi Vishvanath temple in Varanasi, a Vishnu temple in Gaya, and a much larger Shiva Jyotirlinga temple in Somnath owe a lot to this queen of Indoor who personally took keen interest and rebuilt them and now they form major centers of pilgrimage.
|Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple near Ellora en.wikipedia.org/|
Ghushma' s daughter-in-law, when removing her husband's bed, was shell-shocked to find blood stains and blood-stained parts of the body on the bed. Grief-stricken and horrified, she told her mother-in-law about it. Upon hearing this, Ghushma never panicked, rather, she had begun to chant Lord Shiva’s mantra ‘Om Namah Shivay’ more vigorously and later, as it was her wont, she went to the lake as before, to drop Parthivlinga into the waters. To her surprise, she saw her son standing besides the lake. Her heart was filled with joy and Lord Shiva appeared and said, "I am pleased with your devotion and your sister had killed your son". Ghushma offered her prayers and asked Lord Shiva to forgive her sister as she was elder than her. Ghushma requested Lord Shiva to stay in that place to protect and bless the people to which the lord happily agreed; he turned himself into a Jyotirlinga close to the lake. Hence, the lake is called Shivalaya.
This temple, built in South Indian temple architecture, has 5 tiers with Shikera and is made of red basaltic volcanic rock stone (the Deccan Plateau is mostly mad of volcanic rock Basalt). Among the attractions, the episodes of Dashavataras of Vishnu carved in red stone and a big hall with 24 ornate pillars, depicting various legends and mythology of Shiva attract our attention. The linga enshrined in the Garbhagraha faces the East. Regarding entry of pilgrims into the Sanctum, there are dress restrictions. As in many Shiva temple, the Nandi (Bull) faces the main shrine. Besides, there are stone carvings and sculptures of many other Hindu gods and goddesses in the Hindu pantheon. Maharaj’s mausoleum is also situated in this temple.