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Nimishambha Temple in Ganjam near Sriranapatna in Mandya District in Karnataka

Nimishambha Temple is located on the banks of Cauvery River at Ganjam Village in Mandya District in Karnataka. The temple is around 2.5 km from Srirangapatna. This a Shivapanchayathan Temple. It has murtis dedicated to – Sri Nimishambhadevi with Sreechakra, Sri Moukthikeshwara Swamy, Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy, Hanuman, Surya and Ganapati.

Raja Wodeyar of Mysore constructed the temple during the latter half of the 16th century. The temple is around 19 km from Mysore city and around 128 km from Bangalore.

Story of Nimishambha Temple

Sri Nimishambha Devi is Goddess Parvati. Legend has it that once Shiva decided to conduct a yajna for the welfare of the living beings in the universe.

Shiva took the form of Sri Moukthikeshwara Swamy to conduct the yajna. He was also known as Mukthaka Rishi.

Demons Janu and Sumandala were against the yajna as they thought it would destroy their rule on earth.

The demons send armies after armies to destroy the yajna but Shiva defeated them all.
Armed with powerful boons, Janu and Sumandala entered the battlefield. Mukthaka Rishi could not defeat them.

Mukthaka Rishi then offered prayers to Mother Goddess.

She appeared and told the rishi that the demons have the boon that no weapon will harm them.
Goddess Parvati then took the form of Nimishambha and annihilated them using the fire that emanated from her eyes.

The Srichakra in front of the murti of Nimishambha Devi in the temple is highly auspicious and very rare one. It is made out of Krishna Shila. Beejakshara and Moola mantra are written on it.

The most important festival in the temple is the Nimishambha Jayanti Mahotsava observed on Vaishaka Shukla Paksha Dasami (April – May). Other important festivals here are Navratri, Shivratri, Ugadi, Ganesha Chaturthi and Deepavali.

Nimishambha Temple Contact Address

Executive Officer,
Sri Nimishambha Temple,
Ganjam, Srirangapatna,
Mandya Dist,
Pin Code - 571438