Thursday, July 3, 2008


This temple is located at Grineshwar in Visalakam, near the Ellora caves, in Maharashtra state. And as is the case for the other temples , there is a a story behind this one as well , and it goes something like this that in the ancient days gone by there was a devout woman by the name of Kusuma who was a great worshipper of Lord Shiva and as a part of her daily prayer ritual she regularly immersed a Shiva lingam in a water tank.

And the sad part of the story goes on to state that her very own husband's first wife, being jealous of Kusuma's position of standing and respect in society, went on to murder the latter's son in absolute cold blood. And the miracle happened when Kusuma immersed in the deepest of sorrow, continued with her daily ritual of prayer and worship and the moment she immersed the Shiva lingam again in the tank, her son was brought back to life. It is said that Lord Shiva also emerged in front of Kusuma and the villagers, and it is ever since that day that the shiva lingam at this location has been worshipped in the form of a Jyotir linga Ghusmeshwar.

The Jyotir Lingam exists at Devagiri near Ellora and here Lord Shiva is known by several names - Kusumeswarar, Ghushmeswara, Grushmeswara, Grishneswara . Here again , as the story goes in days gone by there once lived a religious brahmin along with his wife, who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, and the two of them had not been with a son.

On great pressure from his family he got married to his second wife, who soon bore him a son , but the first wife was very peeved and jealous , so much so that she would spare no efforts in torturing the second wife . The second wife was a staunch follower of Lord Shiva , and would daily immerse his shiva lingam in the water tank at that place as a part of thwe daily prayer ritual .

As time went by , the second wife's son grew up to become a smart young boy , and the couple decided to get him married off. Before this could happen, the first wife killed the boy with an axe, and the second wife was in extreme grief , but continued her worship of Lord Shiva by immersing the shiva lingam in the water tank daily. One fine day, her son came back to life, emerging from the water tank. It was a real miracle for all to behold !

Lord Siva also immediately appeared before them & blessed them, declaring that he would give darshan to devotees in his Jyotir Linga swarupam at the same spot where his Lingams used to be immersed in the tank by the second wife.

Today, this Jyotir Lingam is considered to be at two places, one at Devagiri near Ellora & the other at the Kailasa temple at Ellora.

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