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Ghuisarnath Dham History – Story Of Ghuisarnath Temple

Ghuisarnath Dham, or Ghushmeshwar Nath Temple is located on the banks of Sai River at Lalganj Ajhara, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. The story of Ghuisarnath Temple is that of unwavering devotion and true belief in Shiva Bhagavan. Here is a look at Ghuisarnath Dham history.

As per the Shiva Purana, on the southern bank of a lake (later known as Sai Lake) lived a Brahmin named Brahmavetta Sudharm and his wife Sudeha. The couple, saddened by their childlessness, attempted various remedies without success. In desperation, Sudeha arranged for her sister Ghushma to marry Sudharm. Following her sister's advice, Ghushma diligently crafted and worshipped 101 lingas, depositing them in the nearby lake. Through the blessings of Lord Shiva, Ghushma eventually gave birth to a son.

However, the joy turned tragic when Sudeha, consumed by jealousy, killed Ghushma's son one night and disposed of the body in the lake where the lingas were submerged. Unaware of the gruesome act, Ghushma and Sudharm continued their daily rituals the next morning. Ghushma, despite discovering bloodstains on her son's bed, remained composed, trusting Shiva to protect him. Even when she saw the bed soaked in blood, she steadfastly recited "Shiva-Shiva."

After her prayers, Ghushma found her son alive while discharging the Shivalingas. Although neither happy nor sad, she encountered Mahadev Shiva, who revealed the truth about her sister's actions. Ghushma, displaying remarkable generosity, pleaded for Sudeha's forgiveness and liberation. Pleased with her devotion, Mahadeva Shiva granted another boon. Ghushma requested that if he truly appreciated her devotion, he should eternally reside in that place as a Jyotirling, bearing her name. In response, Mahadeva Shiva manifested as Ghushmeshwar, and the lake became known as Sai.