In the Hinduism, there are many holy books where information about different gods and temples and their associated stories narrated. Among the followers of Shaivism, the 12 Jyotirlingas have got immense importance and Ghushmeshwar is known as the 12th Jyotirlinga in this series. There are many holy books where one can see the reference to this temple and hence this temple has got huge significance among the devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is known as the god of destruction and spiritual enlightenment. Hence the followers worship the Lord for his blessings to have ease of the journey of life and death and have freedom from the circle of life and death.
The temple:
This temple of Lord Shiva is situated in the Shiwar village of Sawai Madhopur District in the state of Rajasthan. The state of Rajasthan has doubtlessly huge cultural heritage in the form of palaces and forts, but this temple proves its significance in the area of religion and spirituality also. It is maintained in a very good condition, and the visitor can feel great peace of mind as soon as they enter the temple premises.
The temple is also close to Devgiri hills which are also known as golden hills. The famous tiger reserve Ranthambore National Park is also only 56 km from this temple.
The legend:
In the religious Puranas known as Shiva Puranas “kotirudra sahinta”, there is also a legend attached to this temple. As per the legend, there was a Brahmin lady Sudeha who was not blessed with a child and hence she made her husband named Sudharma marry her sister whose name was Ghushma. After marriage as Ghushma and her husband were blessed with a baby boy Sudeha felt jealous about her sister’s blissful life. As a matter of envy she killed the baby. Ghushma, the mother of the baby was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and she despite the death of her son kept on worshipping the Lord and offering lingas. Considering her devotion, Lord Shiva blessed her with the resurrection of her son and also blessed her that there will be a Shiva Temple in the area which will get her name attached to the temple forever so that people will remember her devotion for ages.
There was a debate among the scholars about the 12th Jyotirlinga but after many proofs and references, it was established that this temple is the 12th Jyotirlinga mentioned in the books and accepted by all the religious leaders of Hinduism. Another 11 Shivalaya or Jyotirlings are located in Somnath (Gujarat), Mallikarjuna (Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh), Mahakaleswar (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh), Omkareshwara (Madhya Pradesh), Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhimashankar (Maharashtra), Viswanath (Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh), Triambakeshwar (Maharashtra), Vaidyanath (Deogarh, Jharkhand), Nageswar (Dwarka, Gujarat), and Rameshwar (Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu).
The temple is spread over a vast land, and there are quite good facilities for the devotees who come here seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. For the people who love historical places, this is definitely a perfect spot to visit at least once in a lifetime.
How to reach
One can easily reach the temple by railway as there is Isarda Railway station which is just 3 km away from the temple. It is on the railway line of Kota-Jaipur line. The state capital of Rajasthan Jaipur is also hardly 100 km away from this temple. One can also visit it by a roadway from Sawai Madhopur as it is hardly 40 km from the same.
This abode of Shiva is visited by devotees all round the year. Described in chapters 32 to 33 of Kotirudra, Gushmeshwara has been depicted as 12th Jyotirlinga. It is also called ‘Grahshneshwar’ and sometimes ‘Ghusrneshwar’. The beauty of Devgiri hills and spirituality together excites visitors.

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