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Ganjam’s gracious deity

Once a thriving trade centre and a town of teeming artisans, Srirangapatna’s historic Ganjam, is home to the famed Nimishamba temple. Local legends have it that devotees’ wishes are fulfilled instantly (in a minute, nimisha in Kannada). The deity draws devotees in thousands from all over, particularly during the yearly Nimishamba Jayanthi celebrated in the month of May.

Mythology has it that when the rakshasas, Janumandala and Sumandala, violently prevented sage Muktaka from performing a peaceful yagna, goddess Nimishamba slayed the demons swiftly, responding to the prayers of sage Muktaka, the rajaguru or royal preceptor of King Sumanaksha. According to local legends, to commemorate the incarnation of Nimishamba, the temple festival is celebrated by performing a grand kalashabhisheka and other utsavas every year during the Vaishaka Masa (April/May). Located at an elevated spot, the main entrance of Nimishamba temple consists of a seven-tiered rajagopura built in the 17th century by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The temple also has exclusive shrines housing the deities of Mukthikeshwara (or Shivalinga), Nandi and Lakshminarayana.

Goddess Nimishamba is worshipped here along with Sri Chakra, regarded as a geometrical representation of brahamanda or the cosmos, carved on a square shaped black stone.

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