Shri ghushmeshwar jyotirlinga(shivalya), by its worshippers hailed as 12th Jyotirlinga of loard shiva on the basis of a plethora of evidence deducated from location, folk tales and architectural and geographical facts enshired in ‘ puranas’ legend has it that a Brahmin, by name Sudharma lived in distant past in vicinity of Devagiri hills, whose wife Sudeha, had not been blessed with offspring. She is therefore, got her younger sister Ghushma married to her husband.
Ghushma was a devotee of lord Shiv, whose devotion to Great Loard mahadeva got her
the birth of a son from her husband. Sudeha, her elder sister, got envious of Ghusma’s honour and happiness, which ultimately resulted in assassination of
newly married son of Ghushma whose used to dispose the parthiva Shiv Lingas everyday after worshiping. By the next morning when the bride found the bed os
her mother-in-law. On information Ghushma did not lose her temper and she kept worshiping as usual.
The following day Lord shiva gave his ‘Darshan’ by appearing before Ghushma when she was immersing idols of Lord Shiva after worship. pleased by her devotion
Lord Shiva not only resurrected her son but also granted a boon to her that he would always abide in this place as Ghushmeshwar after the name of Ghushma.
On the basis of historical facts it came to picture that Mohmood Gajnavi sent his army commander Masood with army to loot & damage this famous well known temple in Vikram Samvat 1081. Maharaja Chander Sen Gaur along with his son Indrasen,Army chief Rewat & 3000 Army men got died in preserving the temple from enemies in battle.In the memory of death of queen & priestess there are memorials. Letter on in 1179 the temple was rebuild by king shiv veer singh chauhan.The king invited two well known brahmins from Mahrishi Vashishtha Origin from Pushkar for worship of temple.
In the year of 1358, en route Ranthambhor to fight Rana Hamir, Khilji sent army unit under malik kafur to destroy the newly built temple. The army unit caused big devastation to village and granaries.The army unit also began dismantling the temple but had to stop owing to night. In the dream that night Khilji saw a half naked tri-eyed,trident handling, Kamndaldhari,exotic personalty prepared to kill him. A feared Khilji could not sleep the whole night The next morning he revealed the dream.Then the pujari of the temple told him that the deity in the dream was none other then lord Shiva him self who can turn the universe into ashes just by the fire of his 3rd eye.Hearing this a feared Khilji decided not to destroy the temple and proceeded for Ranthambhor.
Regarding the twelfth jyotirling of Lord Shiva many sayings are there. Many claims & declaims has been raised during past years for the location of this jyotirling.
But it proves from the Shivpuran certifications that the original place is Shiwar (Rajasthan) and its only the twelfth jyotirlinga. ( see temple website to read the proofs)
From Jaipur International Airport Ghushmeshwar temple is around 87 km. Ghushmeshwar is 100kms from Jaipur via National highway no.12 (Jaipur-kota highway). by NH-12 you reached baroni and take turn. It lies 21 km from Baroni (on NH-12). By the train you land at isarda railway station. (isarda railway station is situated on Sawai madhopur – Jaipur rail route.)It lies 3km from Isarda railway station.
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