Grishneshwar Jyotirling is located at a village called Verul which lies at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad and 30 kms from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The temple holds an important significance as it is one of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankara, the last one, without which the pilgrimage will not be considered as complete.
The Grishneswar Temple was constructed by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also re-constructed the Kashi Vishwanath Temple at Varanasi, UP and the Vishnu Paada Temple at Gaya Bihar. The temple has pre-historic architectural style and structure and attracts thousands of tourists every year for its one of a kind construction. This temple is considered to be nearly 3000 years old. Many pilgrims believe that, by paying a visit to the Grishneshwar Temple, one can reap the benefits of worshipping all the 12 Jyotirlingas. The temple also houses a well that springs holy water.
- The Grishneswar Temple is well connected by Air and railways. The nearest airport is in Aurangabad, and there are regular flights that ply between Aurangabad and Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur. The airport is roughly 29 km away from the temple. Aurangabad is the nearest railway station. Road travel by car- Pune: 256 km in 4.5 hours. Nasik: 187 km in 3 hours. Shirdi: 122 km in 2.5 hours.
- The official timings of the Temple are from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm.
During the month of Shravan, which is from August to September, the timings are 3:00 am to 11:00 pm.
- The temple town is a perfect destination for devotees who seek peaceful and serene ambience for their spiritual needs.
- You have to remove your footwear before entering the temple premises.
- Photography is not allowed inside the temple.
- Women should dress conservatively and men have to remove the shirt before going inside Garbagriha.
- One can touch the Jyotirlinga inside the Temple and perform Abhishekh through Pandits.
- Throw your garbage at the bins as littering inside the premises is strictly prohibited.
- The main Pooja is conducted on Mondays and it is very crowded at that time.
- Mobile phones and leather items are not allowed inside the temple.
- Though the local language is Marathi, you will be comfortable in both Hindi and English.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the temple are winter months, from November to March. The climate is really good, as it’s neither too hot nor too cold. Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated in an elaborate manner and falls in February/March every year. Other festivals are Ganesh Chaturthi in August / September, Navaratri in September/October and Diwali in October / November