Naimisaranyam, also known as Neemsar, Nimsar or Nimkhar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered in 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 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.
1Sudharsan Chakra Tirtha
The Sudarshana Chakra is a spinning, disk-like weapon, literally meaning "vision of which is auspicious," having 108 serrated edges used by the Hindu god Vishnu. The Sudarshana Chakra is generally portrayed on the right rear hand of the four hands of Vishnu, who also holds a shankha (conch shell), a Gada (mace) and a padma (lotus). While in the Rigveda the Chakra was Vishnu's symbol as the wheel of time, by the late period Sudarshana Chakra emerged as an ayudhapurusha (anthropomorphic form), as a fierce form of Vishnu, used for the destruction of an enemy. In Tamil, the Sudarshana Chakra is also known as Chakkrath Azhwar (translated as Ring/Circlet of God).
Naimisharanya is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh about 90 km from its capital Lucknow in the district of Sitapur. Naimisharanya is situated on the left banks of river Gomathi a tributary of river Ganges. Naimisharanya is popularly known as Neemsar, Naimisha. Naimishe’-animish-kshetre meaning Naimish is the abode of Lord Vishnu called by his name Animish. Following sloka of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (sloka-23) describes Lord Vishnu as Animisha, meaning the one who is ever awake, ever alert, and ever vigilant. He is the wisest of all.
Naimisharanya or Naimish is an ancient place of pilgrimage and of Sanskrit learning which has attracted sages, scholars and laymen alike from times immemorial. In the Puranas, it is mentioned as one of the principal places of pilgrimage along with Prayag, Pushkar, Kedar, Setubandh and Gokaran. It is mentioned in 'Skand Puran' and above all in the 'Shrimad Bhaagwat Puran’ It is believed to have been the meditation centre of about 88 thousand saints. The Mahabharata was composed by Maharishi Vedvyas in Naimisharanya. On the request of Lord Indra, Maharishi Dadhichi after having bathed in the waters of Kund had sacrificed the mortal remains of his body and presented the bones to Indra so that he could create a Vajra powerful enough to kill Vritrasur. It is believed that the tour to Hindu pilgrimages is incomplete without a visit to Naimisharanya. The story regarding the importance of this forest is that, after the great battle of Mahābhārata, sages and saints led by the great sage Saunaka, who were very much concerned about the beginning of Kali yuga, approached Brahma. Being aware of the extreme effects of the yuga, they urged Brahma to show them a place which can stay untouched by the effects of Kali. Brahma takes out a sacred wheel (Chakra) and rolls it down on the earth and says, wherever that wheel stops, that would be the place. The sages follow the wheel, which stops in the forest of Naimisha. Thus, they make it their abode for further penance.
On the southern side of Sapta Tila, on the banks of the Gomati River is the forest of Naimisaranya. At this place in the beginning of Kali yuga 33,000 sages headed by Saunaka Rishi heard the Gaura-Bhagavad from Suta Gosvami. One who reads the Puranas here in the month of Kartika will become absorbed in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and will become free from distress and will easily reach Vrindavana.
There is a famous Balaji (Venkateswara) temple at Naimisharanya and the priests are conducting a 4 day yagya-festival at Naimisharanya, which includes Sri Sukta Homam, Deeparadhana, Maha-Abhishekam of Lord Venkateswara, Srinivasa Kalyanam, Vishnusahasranama Paath, Pavitra Mala Samarpan, etc.
Lalita Devi is the presiding deity of Naimisharanya. The temple is an ancient shrine and as per the legends or various Puraanas when Devi Sati burnt herself in the Yogi Agni after Daksha Yajna, Shiva carried her body on his shoulder and started performing Shiv Tandav. Due to which the creation of universe was affected and so Lord Vishnu divided Devi Sati’s body into 108 parts. It is believed that the heart of Devi Sati is present in Naimisharanya and is one of the Shakti Peeth’s Known as Lalita Devi. As per another folklore it is also believed that by Lord Brahma’s order Lalita Devi appeared here for the destructions of Asurs in Devasur Sangram. The temple is a beautiful cantilevered, multi-limbed divinity over entrance flanked by elephant statues.
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