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Nimishamba Temple at Srirangapatna, Mysore – Karnataka

Nimishamba Devi Temple is located about 3 km from Srirangapatna near Mysore in Karnataka. Nimishamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The highlight of the temple is the Sri Chakra carved on black stone – Krishna Shila – worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. It has the Bija-Aksharas and was worshipped by Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Vidyaranya.

Story of the Origin of Nimishamba Temple

Legend has it that a king Sumanaska wanted to perform a yagna for the welfare of the people. The king assigned the duty of performing the yajna to the prince of kingdom and Rajarshi Muktaraja. When the yajna started, two demons named, Janumandala and Sumandala overpowered the prince of the kingdom and disturbed the yajna.

Rajarshi Muktaraja then prayed to Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess Parvati appeared and annihilated the demons. She did not even take a fraction of a second to kill the demons.

In memory of the divine event, Rajarishi Muktiraja built a temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti. As Mother Goddess only appeared for a fraction of a second, she was called Nimishamba Devi.

The temple is located on the spot where Goddess appeared. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Mouktikeswara.

The temple festival is held on the Vasavi Jayanthi day. Full moon day of every month is highly auspicious.

Location: Nimishamba Devi Temple is on the banks of Kaveri River, about 3 KM from Srirangapatna at village Ganjam on the road leading to Sangam. The temple is around 20 km from Mysore.

Temple timings: 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM