Naimisharanya or Naimish is an ancient place of pilgrimage and of Sanskrit learning which has attracted sages, scholars and laymen from times immemorial. According to some scholars, it is mentioned in the ‘Rigveda’, the most ancient literary monument of the Indo-European languages. In the Puranas, it is considered as one of the principal places of pilgrimage along with Prayag, Pushkar, Kedar, Setubandh and Gokaran and also it is mentioned in ‘Skand Puran’and above all in the ‘Shrimad Bhagwat Puran’. According to the latter’s preamble, it was recited to an assembly of 88,000 sages led by the sage Shaunak at ‘Naimishe-animish-kshetre’ meaning Naimish, the abode of Lord Vishnu called by his name Animish. It is mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana and also in later literary and religious literature such as the epic ‘Raghuvansham’ of the renowned ancient Sanskrit poet Kalidas and in the popular Ram Charit Manas considered to be the Bible of North India composed by the medieval Hindu saint-poet “Tulsidas”.
Naimisharanya is a Hindu Spiritual and intellectual centre with the famous temples of the Goddess Lalita Devi, Hanuman Garhi and holy places like Chakrateerath, Dadhichi Kund, Vyas Gaddi, Soot Gaddi on the banks of the river Gomti. It is believed to have been the meditation centre of about 88 thousands of saints. The Mahabhrata was composed by Ved Vyas in this forest. A dip in the river Gomti at this spot is considered to be very sacred ritual. 9 km away is the Dadhichi Kund in Mishrit. The story goes that, on the request of Lord Indra, the Rishi Dadhichi after having bathed in the waters of this well had sacrificed the mortal remains of his body and presented the bones to Indra so that he could create a thunder stroke(Vajra) powerful enough to kill Britrasur.
Naimisharanya is the Holy forest where sage Vedavyasa taught the Vedas and all the Puranas to his disciples. Later it is in this very holy place that Romaharshana (alternatively Lomaharshana), Vedavyasa’s disciple, narrated the Puranas to several Rishis. It is also the blessed place where Ugrasrava (Suta Gosvami), the son of Romaharsana, narrated the story of Shreemad Bhagavatam to several Rishis.
According to legend, in the Satya Yuga, the 1st of the four yugas, the Rishis wanted to perform uninterrupted yagyas for the benefit of mankind and asked Lord Brahma for a suitable place. Lord Brahma created a huge wheel (called Manomaya chakra) released it and instructed the sages to follow it. He also told them that the place where it broke down would be very auspicious for doing penance. The sages followed the Manomaya chakra, which after traveling for a long time fell down on a large segment of land and its circumference (Nemi) broke down as predicted by lord Brahma. This segment of land became famous as Naimisharanya.
As soon as it got destroyed, from the spot a huge gush of water sprouted up in the form of a Shiva-linga. As the water was flooding the place, the Rishis prayed and Mother Shakti appeared and absorbed and stopped the flow of water. Hence Naimisharanya is also a Shakti Peetha and has a famous ancient Lalita (Devi) temple. She is also called Linga-Dharini Shakti.There is a huge pond at the place called Chakra-Kunda or chakrateerath, meaning the pond of the wheel.The sages performed a Yagya at that sacred place. This way, the very place sitting where lord Brahma did creations all the sages commenced their Yagya, which continued for ten thousand years. On the completion of Yagya, the deity arrived and blessed them. Devotees taking bath in this Kund are believed to have their soul cleansed and those who perform charity gain wealth benefits. The body is purified through meditation and people who donate “Pinda” are believed to attain the state of Moksha.
Places of Interest
Aadi Ganga –
According to Hindu mythology, the Gomti, Aadi Ganga, Gumti or Gomati River, is the daughter of Sage Vashist, and bathing in the waters of the Gomati on Ekadashi (the eleventh day of the Sanatana Dharma-Hindu calendar) can wash away one’s sins. The river merges with Ganga near Gazipur
Vyasa Peetha –
where Sage Vedavyasa Taught the Vedas & Puranas. At this place, Ved Vyaas divided Vedas into four main parts and created Puraanas and gave this Knowledge and the Knowledge of Shrimad Bhaagavath to his main disciples Jaimini, Angeera, Vaisampaayam, Pail, Shuk Dev and Suth and directed them to spread the Knowledge to the world.
Sree Balaji Temple –
Lord Visnu is worshipped as Devarajan (Sree Hari), with his consort Pundarikavalli (Hari-laksmi) at their Naimisharanya abode, Sree Balaji Temple.
Hanuman Garhi –
When in Tretayug Ahi Ravana took Shri Ram Lakshman ji to another world (Paataal), then, Shri Hanuman ji slaughtered Ahi Ravana. While bringing Shri Ram Lakshman ji on his shoulders, Makardhvaj changed their path, due to which Shri Hanuman ji appeared apparently in Naimisharanya. This place is considered to be the most beautiful places in Naimisharanya. Here the Path of Sunderkand holds uncanny grandeur. The sacred grove of Panch is also situated here.
Janki Kund –
A large number of people come to bathe here even now because they believe that these waters are specially blessed. You might even get to see the acrobatic skills of the monkeys who jump into the river from their trees. You will also get to see the deity of Sankat Mochan Hanuman.
Maa Lingdharini Lalita Devi –
According to various Puranas, When Sathi Devi burnt herself in the Yagya Agni after Daksha Yajna, Shiva carried her body on his shoulders and started performing Tandav. With this, creation of universe is affected and so Vishnu divided Sathi Devi’s body into 52 parts. The part that is present in Naimisharanya is the heart of Sati Devi and is one of the ShakthiPeethas known as Lingadhaarinee Lalitha Devi.
Dadhichi Kund –
Dadhichi was a Vedic king, Son of Atharvan, who turned into a great Rishi. Dadhichi gave his bones to destroy Vritra. Lord Vishnu told them that Vritra could not be destroyed by ordinary means, revealing that only a weapon made from the bones of a great rishi could kill him. When the deities revealed their doubts about the likelihood of any ascetic donating his body, Vishnu directed them to approach the sage (Rishi) Dadhichi. When approached by the gods, Dadhichi gladly gave up his bones for the cause of the good, stating that it would be better for his bones to help them attain victory than to rot in the ground. The Devas collected the bones and Indra crafted the Vajra from them.
Siddheshwar Mahadev –
As a perfect being Lord Siddheshwar Mahadev Mandir at Naimisharanya is located near chakra tirth and is said that performing puja at this temple is For fulfilment of all good wishes.
Suth Gaddi –
At this Place, sage Suth had given discourses to Shounak and 88000 other sages.
Lord Sree Raam performed tenth Ashvmedh Yajna at this place. In the ancient temple at this place, the idols of Lord Sree Raam, Lakshman and Janaki are seen along with that of Lord Siva known as Siddheshwar Mahaadev.
Swayambhu Manu and Sathroopa –
According to Padma Puraana, Raamaayan and Raamcharith Maanas the first man Swayambhu Manu and Sathroopa performed penance to obtain God as their son and were granted the boon.
Puram Mandir and Maa Anandmayi ashram –
This is an ancient temple where 4 Vedas have been kept. Nearby is the Ma Anandmayi Ashram.
Swami Nardanand Temple –
is worth visiting where still spiritual education is imparted in the traditional manner.
Gariya Math –
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Paramhans Math, which is also known as Gariya Math is also worth seeing.
Pandav Qila –
On the south west side of Chakratrith, you can see Pandav Qila at the bank of river Gomti. As per legend, this Qila (fort) was of King Virat of Mahabharat. During ‘Banvas’ Pandavs lived here. Beautiful statues of Lord Krishna and Pandavs can be seen here. It is said that in the year 1305, this fort was rebuilt by a Hindu Minister of Alauddin Khilji.
Panch Prayag –
The five prayags – prayag meaning “confluence” in Sanskrit – also termed as “Prayag pentad”, namely the five river confluences, are Vishnu Prayag, Nand Prayag, Karn prayag, Rudra Prayag and Dev Prayag, in the descending flow sequence of their occurrence.
Panchavati constitute of five Banayan (Vats) trees said to be part of the legendary Dandakaranya Forest.Panchavati occupies a rather high place in the hearts of millions of Hindus all over the world as it is here that Lord Rama, along with Laxmana and Sita–spent much of his time when he had been exiled for 14 years from Ayodhya by his father Dasharatha.
How to Reach
By Air –
Lucknow’s Amowsi airport is 115 km from Naimisharanya.
By Rail –
Naimisharanya can be reached in the route of lucknow – delhi, 25 km from Balamaou junction on the line of Balamaou and Sitapur.
By Road –
Proceed from Lucknow – Reach Sindhauli on Sitapur Road and thereafter have left turn. After a drive of around 24 kms there is a crossing, take left turn and after around 12 Kms. drive, one can reach the sacred place Namisharanya. This place falls under Sitapur District of UP and is well connected by Bus, Taxi and Train.
- Modi Guest House
- Tourist Avas Grih, Namisharanya : Phone: 05865-251287
- Sai Temple : Phone : 09005719162 , 09573268434 ,05865- 2515001.
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- Shri Sanadhya Dharamshala
- Nepali Dharamashala
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- Murar ka Bara Dharmashala, Uttar Ward, Lalita Devi -Chakratirth Marg
- Shri Arka Suryavanshiya Khatriya Dharmashala
- Visharam Sadan, Barabanki Dharmashala
- Balmukund Ashram Dharmashala, Dakishin Ward, Near Ramanuj Temple
- Marvari Panchayati Dharmashala
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