Grishneshwar temple, sometimes referred to as the Ghrneshwar Jyotirlinga or Dhushmeshwar temple, is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The word Ghrneshwar means "lord of compassion". The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light). This pilgrimage site is located in Ellora, less than a kilometer from Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Grishneswar temple is an illustration of south Indian temple architectural style and structure. The temple, built of red rocks, is composed of a five tier shikara. Known as the twelfth Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, this is an important pilgrimage site for Shaivites in Aurangabad. The temple features a beautiful display of carving-work of other gods and goddesses. As per beliefs, a staunch follower of Lord Shiva, once found a treasure inside a snake pit and devoted the money to build this temple.
Address: Grishneshwar, Ellora | Nr. Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, India
Contact No. 91 99604 99418
All Days of the Week. 5:50 Am - 9:30 Pm
How to Reach:
By Air: Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport and has connecting flights to Hyderabad, Delhi, Udaipur, Mumbai, Jaipur, Pune, and Nagpur.
By Rail: Aurangabad (station code: AWB) station is the nearest railway station and from there the temple is around 35 kms. Aurangabad has rail connectivity with major cities and states of India. The Aurangabad Jan Shatabdi Express is the fastest train connecting it with Mumbai.
By Road: Aurangabad is well connected by roads with various major cities of Maharashtra and other states.
Top Attractions to Visit:
Ellora Caves: This attraction is best viewed together with Ajanta caves but ideally one should do this on 2 separate days so as not to exhaust oneself. These caves are carved later and they represent Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religious. The magnificent Hindu cave which was carved from top down is a marvelous architectural feat. The artistry of the carvers are depicted in the delicate depictions of gods and goddesses.
Bhadra Maruti: This is enroute to the Ellora caves. A nice temple, which is being expanded. The Hanuman idol is reclining and said to be a replica of the one in Varanasi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and offers utmost peace to the soul.
Daulatabad Fort: Suitable for the people who are looking for good trekking in Aurangabad Zone. It has 700+ steps but bit steep which tests stamina & fitness.