Grishneshwar Temple History, Architecture, Story, Timing And Entry Fees

The Grishneshwar Temple or Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga is located near Ellora Cave in Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This scenic place dedicated to Lord Shiva is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the visit of Ghrishneshwar Jyotirling, tourists feel a supreme happiness. The Ghrishneshwar Temple is a 13th-century Shiva temple located in the Ellora cave.

Ghrishneshwar Temple is also known as Ghushmeswar Temple. This place is a pilgrimage site associated with the supernatural legend of Lord Shiva. If you also want to visit the miraculous Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Dham of Lord Shiva and its main tourist place. Do read our article completely. Because today we are going to tell complete information about this temple built before the 13th century.

History of Grishneshwar Temple

If we tell the history of Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple, the date of its establishment is not known. But this temple was built even before the 13th century. The temple was located in the Belur region during the Mughal Empire. Which is currently known as Ellora Caves. The temple has seen some devastating Hindu-Muslim conflicts between the 13th and 14th centuries. At that time this temple was damaged.

The temple was rebuilt during the 16th century by Maloji Bhosale, the grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as the chief of Belur. But after the 16th century, the Mughal army made several attacks on the Ghrishneshwar temple. The temple was again damaged in the Mughal Maratha wars between 1680 and 1707 and was last rebuilt in the 18th century by Rani Ahilya Bai, the Maharani of Indore.

Best Time To Visit Grishneshwar Mandir

The best time to visit the Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is from November to February. Because the winter season is the best time to visit the Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple. Apart from that tourists can come here at any time of the year. The month of Sawan is very special for the devotees. Because at that time the atmosphere here becomes very devotional.

Grishneshwar Temple Timing And Entry Fees

Talk about opening and closing time of Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple. So the Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple opens at 5:30 in the morning. and closes at 9 in the evening. But in the month of Shravan (August to September), the temple remains open for the devotees who come here from 3 am to 11 pm. Please tell the entrance fee of Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple. So there is no entry fee of any kind in Ghrishneshwar Jyotirling.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Story

The story of Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga begins with the husband and wife couple Sudharma and Sudeha. Both were happy in married life. But the children were deprived of happiness. Sudeha can never become a mother. Knowing this, Sudeha got her husband Sudharma married with younger sister Ghushma. After the passage of time, she gave birth to a child. Gradually, the seeds of jealousy started sprouting in Sudeha’s mind after seeing her husband, love, home and respect being snatched from her hand and seeing the opportunity killed the child. And put everyone in the pond in which Ghushma used to immerse the Shivling of Lord Shiva.

Sudharma’s second wife Ghushma was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. She used to get up every morning and worship Lord Shiva by making 101 Shivling. And put it in the pond. Hearing the news of the boy, there was outcry all around. Like every day, Ghushma was engaged in worshiping Lord Shiva with a calm mind by making a Shivling and when she went to immerse the Shivling in the pond, her son came out alive from the pond. Lord Shiva appeared to Ghushma and accepted Ghushma’s request and started residing here in the form of Bholenath Shivling.

Architecture of Grishneshwar Temple

South Indian architecture is seen in the Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple. The Ghrishneshwar temple complex has inner chambers and a sanctum sanctorum. This structure is made of red colored stones. It is spread over an area of ​​44,400 square feet. Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is the smallest Jyotirlinga temple. The temple complex consists of a five-tier tall shikhara and several pillars. Which are built in the form of mythological intricate carvings. The red stone walls built in the temple premises mostly depict the ten incarnations of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. In the sanctum sanctorum, there is a Shivling towards the east and the idol of Nandiswar on the way.

Places To Visit Near Grishneshwar Mandir

Ajanta Caves

Ellora Caves

Bibi Ka Maqbara

Daulatabad Fort 

Buddhist Caves

Siddharth Garden

Salim Ali Lake
Bani Begum Garden

Jain Caves



Kailash Temple

Jama Masjid

Bhadra Maruti

Soneri Mahal

Where To Stay In Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Shivam Residency, Ellora

Ellora Heritage Resort

Hotel Kailas

Hotel Great Annapurna

Jostel Aurangabad

Hotel Lotus

The meadows

Hotel Pritam

How To Reach Grishneshwar Temple

Tourists can reach Ghrishneshwar Temple by flight, train and bus. Aurangabad city airport is at a distance of about 30 kilometers from the Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple. Aurangabad Railway Station is well connected to all the major railway stations of the country by railway route. You can catch a bus to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad Bus Stand to reach Ghrishneshwar Temple by road. Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is situated at a distance of 2 km from Ellora Caves.

Grishneshwar Mandir Map

Video of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Interesting Facts

Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Ghrishneshwar Temple is a Shiva temple dating back to the 13th century.

Ghrishneshwar Temple located in Ellora Cave is also called Ghushmeswar Temple.

This place is a pilgrimage site associated with the supernatural legend of Lord Shiva.

The best time to visit Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is from November to February.

One can reach Ghrishneshwar temple by flight, train and bus.

Traditional South Indian architecture is seen in this Jyotirlinga temple.


Q. What is the distance from Shirdi to Ghrishneshwar?

The distance from Shirdi to Ghrishneshwar is about 95 kilometres.

Q .Who destroyed Grishneshwar Temple?

 The Delhi Sultanate in 13th and 14th-century.

Q .Where is the Grishneshwar Temple?

Address – NH Hwy 211, Ghrishneshwar Temple Rd, Ellora, Maharashtra 431102

Q .How can I go to Grishneshwar Temple?

One can reach Ghrishneshwar temple by flight, train and bus.

Q .Is there any dress code for Grishneshwar Temple?


Q .How many Jyotirlingas are there in Maharashtra?

five Jyotirlingas


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