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.