Nimishambha Temple, Srirangapatna, Karnataka

Nimishambha Temple, Srirangapatna

The temple is in Mysore, situated on the banks of Cauvery river, and is of immense historical, cultural and as well as religious importance. This very old temple is devoted to goddess Nimishamba, who is believed to be a manifestation of goddess Parvati.

The ‘Sri chakra’ stone that is placed in front of the idol has a fascinating story linked with it. Muktharaja, a king is believed to be the founder of the sacred temple. He decorated the ‘Sri chakra’ prior to going for self punishment, at the time of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar the stone was founded nearly 4000 years ago. Use of lemon during the Puja is important and it is an indispensable part of the ritual here.

The lemon is placed on the ‘Sri chakra’, while Puja is performed and it is believed to fetch good luck. As per the priest's advice the lemons are kept in the praying room for some days, before they are put in the water or one should consume that lemon in the form of lemon juice.

The most fascinating part of the temple is the carving on the pillars of the temple which is noticeable due to unique and beautiful paintings. Statues of Hanuman, Ganesha and cemented construction of Lakshmi & Saraswati also captivate and draw attention of the visitors and worshippers. Many activities, like shopping, can be enjoyed on the way to Nimishamba Temple.

Variety of art works can be bought at economical rates. On visit to the temple one must try ‘tender coconuts’ that are provided while exiting the temple. The temple is 2kms away from the town of Srirangapatna & is reachable via cars, buses and bikes. Although the roads are not very smooth, yet a distance of 2kms is not a tough task and can be covered easily.

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