Near the Ellora caves, in a small village called Verul, stands one of the 12 Jyotir Lingams or “Lingams of light”. It is believed to be the last Jyotir Lingam, and it is where the pilgrimage round the Jyotir Lingams ends.
The legend goes that a pious woman called Kusuma worshipped Shiva daily by immersing a Shiva Lingam in a lake. Her husband’s first wife, jealous of her devotion, murdered Kusuma’s son in cold blood. Despite her grief, Kusuma did not interrupt her daily ritual and when she immersed the Shiva Lingam in the lake her son was miraculously brought back to life. Shiva appeared before her and the villagers, and from that time on he has been worshipped in the form of a Jyotir Lingam.
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