Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nimishamba Temple, Srirangapatna

A minute is all the Goddess needs to fulfill your desires. So goes the myth and the legend. And that is the power of 'shakti'. The omnipotence of God and the intensity of the devotee can combine to produce instant results.
That is surely an incentive to make a beeline to the Goddess' temple. And so people do. The Nimishamba Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Nimishamba, considered an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, is located by the banks of the Cauvery river, in the historic town of Srirangapatna. This is a 10 minute drive from the Bangalore-Mysore highway on the way to Mysore, and is generally not as crowded as the more famous temple in Srirangapatna, the Ranganathswamy Temple (more on that later). There is no entry fee to the temple, but for a small charge of Rs 5 (I think) you can bypass the regular line, and get into a second queue, meant for "express darshan". There are also idols of Hanuman, Ganesha, and others. The temple itself is considered to be at least 400 years old, and if you are on a visit to Srirangapatna, this temple is well worth the short detour. Part of the stretch used to be a kaccha road (dirt road), but it has now been relaid as a nice two-laned road.

To the right of the temple is the Cauvery river, and from the temple there are steps that run down to the river. There are vendors hawking fruits and snacks, as well as vendors peddling children's toys.

The temple's coordinates are 12.41876N, 76.71065E

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