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Deva Rajan (Vishnu) Pundarikavallai (Lakshmi)

State Uttar Pradesh

Country India

Naimisaranyam, also known as Neemsar, Nimsar or Nimkhar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu
Vishnu
located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[1] It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham
Nalayira Divya Prabandham
by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity with contributions at different times from the ruling kings. The temple is counted as one of the eight temples of Vishnu
Vishnu
that self-manifested and is classified as Swayamvyaktha Kshetra. The temple is open till 6pm. The holy tank Chankra Kunda is associated with the temple and it is a pilgrimage centre where people take a holy dip during festive occasions.

Contents

1 Legend 2 The temple 3 Religious significance 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References

Legend[edit] Sage Narada
Narada
is believed to have searched for the best theertha (water body) in three worlds. He went to Kailasa, the abode of Shiva, then to Parkadal, the abode of Vishnu
Vishnu
and finally landed in the water body in the Naimisha Forest. The central deity is also believed to be worshipped by sudharma and devas (celestical deities).[1][2] Indra, the king of the devas, was once driven out of devaloka by an asura named Vritra. The asura was the recipient of a boon whereby he could not be killed by any weapon that was known till the date of his receiving the boon and additionally that no weapon made of wood or metal could harm him. Indra, who lost all hope of recovering his kingdom went to seek the aid of Vishnu. Vishnu
Vishnu
revealed to Indra
Indra
that only the weapon made from the bones of the sage Dadhichi
Dadhichi
would defeat Vritra. Indra
Indra
and the other devas therefore approached the sage, whom Indra
Indra
had once beheaded, and asked him for his aid in defeating Vritra. Dadhichi
Dadhichi
acceded to the devas' request but said that he wished that he had time to go on a pilgrimage to all the holy rivers before he gave up his life for them. Indra
Indra
then brought together all the waters of the holy rivers to Naimisaranya, thereby allowing the sage to have his wish fulfilled without a further loss of time. Dadhichi
Dadhichi
is then said to have given up his life by the art of yoga after which the devas fashioned the Vajrayudha from his spine. This weapon was then used to defeat the asura, allowing Indra
Indra
to reclaim his place as the king of devaloka.[3] As told in another legend, when sages were planning to perform penance, Brahma, the god of creation, brought out a ring from darba grass. He asked the sages to perform penance at the place where the ring fell, which is believed to be Naimisaranya. The sages performed penance and at the end of it, Vishnu
Vishnu
appeared to the sages and accepted their offerings. It is believed that the forest still has Vishnu
Vishnu
and all sages as trees.[4] The temple[edit] Naimisaranyam is located at the junction of the roads from Sitapur
Sitapur
and Khairabad, 32 km from Sitapur
Sitapur
and 42 km from the Sandila railway station, 45 miles north of Lucknow
Lucknow
in Uttar Pradesh. Naimisaranya
Naimisaranya
is also known as Nimsar or Nimkhar and is located on the left bank of the river Gomati.[5] The sacred well, namely Chakra Kunda is believed to have started from the weapon of Vishnu, Chakra. There are shrines dedicated to Chakranarayana, Ganesh, Rama, Lakshman.[6][7] Religious significance[edit] This place has also been visited by Sankaracharya[8] and the famous poet, Surdas
Surdas
resided here. Suthar, the author of 18 puranas is believed to have lived here and presented his sayings to the sages. The central deity is believed to have presided over the forest and hence the puja (rituals) are done to the forest.[2] The temple is counted as one of the eight temples of Vishnu
Vishnu
that self-manifested and is classified as Swayamvyaktha Kshetra.[9] (Seven other temples in the line are Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, Bhu Varaha Swamy temple, Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, and Vanamamalai Perumal Temple in South India
India
and Saligrama, Pushkar
Pushkar
and Badrinath Temple in North India).[10] Naimisaranya
Naimisaranya
temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava canon, by Thirumangai Azhwar in ten hymns. The temple is classified as a divyadesam, the 108 Vishnu
Vishnu
temples that are revered in the Vaishnava canon. Every new moon day, a large number of people purify themselves with a dip in the holy well. If the new moon falls on a Monday, it is believed that a holy bath in the well and offering to the presiding deity Lalitha will wash away all the sins committed in their lifetime.[3] See also[edit]

Naimiṣāraṇya Misrikh Neemsar

Notes[edit]

^ a b M. S., Ramesh (2000). 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Malai Nadu and Vada Nadu. Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam. p. 188.  ^ a b Ayyar, P. V. Jagadisa (1991). South Indian shrines: illustrated. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. p. 540. ISBN 81-206-0151-3.  ^ a b Saraswati 1984, p. 131 ^ rR., Dr. Vijayalakshmy (2001). An introduction to religion and Philosophy - Tévarám and Tivviyappirapantam (1st ed.). Chennai: International Institute of Tamil Studies. pp. 518–9.  ^ Cunningham, Sir Alexander. Four reports made during the years, 1862-63-64-65, Volume 1.  ^ Bharati, Srirama (1999). Araiyar Sevai: Theatre Expression in Sri-Vaishnava Worship. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. p. 132. ISBN 9788172761417.  ^ "Naimisaranya". templenet.com. Retrieved 2013-05-26.  ^ New dimensions in Vedanta philosophy, Volume 1.Sahajānanda (Swami), Bochasanwasi Shri Aksharpurushottam Sanstha ^ Anantharaman, Ambujam (2006). Temples of South India. East West books. p. 130. ISBN 8188661422.  ^ S., Prabhu (10 May 2012). "Symbolising religious unity". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 

References[edit]

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Saraswati, Baidyanath (1984). The Spectrum of the Sacred :Essays on the Religious Traditions of India. Concept Publishing Company. 

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Vinnulagam (Outside the Earthly realm)

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