According to Kashi Khand, Chapter 69, the place where Lord Shiva wore the skin of Gajasur after slaying the latter, was called Rudra Vasam. (Kindly refer to Krithi Vaseshwar).
Once the Lord, in his form as Krithi Vaseshwar, was sitting alongwith Goddess Uma Devi when Nandi offered his prayers and stated that there are 68 places of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva in this holy place. Various idols/Shiv Lings have been brought from several other places by Nandi and installed in Kashi.
From Suvarna Teerth, one Ling by name of Sahasraksheshwar has appeared in the Holy city of Kashi. This Ling is mentioned to be to the south of Shaileshwar. Devotees who worship this Ling will be absolved of their sins committed over the years including those committed in their previous births. Kashi Khand mentions that sins committed in hundred thousand births will be washed away.
LOCATION OF SAHASRAKSHESHWAR
Sahasraksheshwar is located at A-40/11, Marhia Ghat, Shailputri. If one travels from Varanasi Railway station through G.T. Road, just before Varanasi City Station, a small road takes a left turn where he will encounter a level crossing. After crossing the road, he will have to travel for about 2 Kms. to reach this place. People can travel upto this place by rickshaw/auto rickshaw and most of the drivers know the place where Shailputri temple is located.
TYPES OF POOJA
The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and from 03.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Aarties are performed in the morning and in the evening. The timings may vary a little.
POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE
The temple is under the charge more than one family and their turn rotates once in six months. As such the name is not given.