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Nimishamba Temple at srirangapatna, karnataka

Written by Sudhir Kumar

The Nimishamba Temple is on the banks of river Kaveri, about 2 kms from Srirangapatna on the road leading to Sangam. Nimishamba is considered as the incarnation of Parvati, the goddess wife of Lord Shiva.

Nimishamba Temple in Karnataka

Nimishamba Temple in Karnataka

About Nimishamba Temple :

Located on the banks of River Cauvery, the Nimishamba Temple is about 2 kms from Srirangapatna on the road leading to Sangam. Nimishamba is considered as the incarnation of Parvathi, the goddess wife of Lord Shiva.

This Hindu holy spot was believed to have been established by a king called as Muktharaja who had inscribed the Shri Chakra on a stone and then went into penance. This stone still exists and is being kept in front of the deity. This was installed at the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar about 300-400 years back.

The temple gets its name from the residing Goddess who is supposed to cure people s problems within a minute. Nimisha – minute and Amba – Goddess.

There is a temple fair on “Vasavamba Jayanthi”, which is also known as “Nimishamba Jayanthi”.

Nimishamba Temple

Nimishamba Temple

Attractions Of Nimishamba Temple at srirangapatna, karnataka :

Enroute to Mysore from Bangalore, one can find the Nimishamba temple, which is famous for its history, culture and religious significance. Located on the banks of Cauvery river, this ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Nimishamba, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.The stone ‘Sri Chakra’ kept in front of the idol of a deity has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that the founder of this holy spot was Muktharaja, a king, who inscribed the ‘Sri Chakra’ before going into penance. The stone is said to have been established during the reigns of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, around 400 years ago.

If you are planning to perform a Puja in the temple then do not forget to carry a lemon with you. The lemon is kept on the ‘Sri Chakra’ during the Puja and in return is believed to bring good luck. The priest will advise you to either keep the lemons in the praying room for a few days before submerging them in flowing water or drinking it in the form of lime juice.

The main attraction of the temple lies in the beautiful carving on the temple tower, which highlights some exquisite paintings. The various idols of Ganesha, Hanuman and the cement structure of goddess Lakshmi and Sarawati are also a major draw among tourists.

Shopping is another activity that you can indulge during your visit to the Nimishamba temple. There are many artifacts available at an economical rate. Also, do not miss trying the ‘Tender Coconuts’ served at the exit of the temple.

This temple is just 2 kms from the main town of Srirangapatna and can be reached via cars, bikes or even buses. The roads are not very good, but riding just for 2 kms won’t hurt much.

History :

Sri Nimishamba is considered as the incarnation of, wife of Lord Shiva. This place Ganjam is considered as a holy place. Nimisha means one minute in Kannada. There is a belief that Sri Nimishamba is going to remove all the problems and troubles of her devotees within a minute.

That is why she is called Nimishamba. shrichakra is carved on a stone in front of Goddess and pooja is performed. Muktaraja was blessed with the boon that Sri Nimishamba will come to his aid in his fight against the demons in a minute. That is why there is a deity Lord Shiva by the name of Moukthikeshwara. This temple was built during the time of the Wodeyar Rule, by Mummadi Krishnaraja Odeyar about 300 to 400 years ago.

Ceremonies :

“Nimishamba jayanthi” is celebrated by Somavamsha Arya Kshtriyas, which is also celebrated as “Vasavamba jayanthi” by Arya Vsyas. Special poojas are conducted on every Poornima(full moon) days. Everyday from 6:00 am in the morning to 8:30 pm in the evening, one can have the “Darshan” of Goddess.

Since it is on the banks of the Cauvery it attracts many tourists, one can take a dip in the river and have a variety of food that is available.

Pooja Timings :

06.00 am to 8.30 pm

How to Reach:

 Around 2 km. from Srirangapatna. Buses ply frequently, auto-rickshaws or tonga’s can be hired from Srirangapatna.

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