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GLORY OF NAIMISHAARANYA - A RARE PILGRIMAGE

GLORY OF NAIMISHAARANYA - A RARE PILGRIMAGE

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Naimisharanya is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh about 90 km from its capital Lucknow in the district of Sitapur. Naimisharanya is situated on the left banks of river Gomathi a tributary of river Ganges. Naimisharanya is popularly known as Neemsar, Naimisha.

Naimishe’- animish - kshetre meaning Naimish is the abode of Lord Vishnu called by his name Animish. Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (sloka-23) describes Lord Vishnu as Animisha, meaning the one who is ever awake, ever alert, and ever vigilant. He is the wisest of all.

Naimisharanya is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh about 90 km from its capital Lucknow in the district of Sitapur. Naimisharanya is situated on the left banks of river Gomathi a tributary of river Ganges. Naimisharanya is popularly known as Neemsar, Naimisha.

Naimishe’- animish - kshetre meaning Naimish is the abode of Lord Vishnu called by his name Animish. Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (sloka-23) describes Lord Vishnu as Animisha, meaning the one who is ever awake, ever alert, and ever vigilant. He is the wisest of all.

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Om! Gam! Ganapathaye! Namaha!Om! Sri Raghavendraya Namaha!Om! Namo! Bhagavathe! Vaasudevaya!Om! Ham! Hanumathe! Sri Rama Doothaya! Namaha!
NAIMISHAARANYA
(A rare Pilgrimage)
Naimisharanya is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh about 90 km from itscapital Lucknow in the district of Sitapur. Naimisharanya is situated on theleft banks of river Gomathi a tributary of river Ganges. Naimisharanya ispopularly known as Neemsar, Naimisha.
Naimishe
- animish - kshetre 
meaning Naimish is the abode of Lord Vishnu called by his name Animish.Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (sloka-23) described Lord Vishnu as Animisha,means the one who is ever awake, ever alert, and ever vigilant. He is thewisest of all.!!GuruH-gurutamo dhaamaH satyaH-satya-parakramaHNimishho-
animishhaH
sragvee vaachaspatir-udaaradeeh!!Naimisharanya is also called as Nemisharanya. Nemi means the outersurface of the disc and the place where it fell called in the name of Nemi asNemisharanya or popularly called as Naimisharanya. The spot where theNemi of the chakra fell came to be known as Chakra Theertha (a holybathing place in the shape of Chakra) and the surrounding forest area asNaimisharanya. It is believed and said that once upon a time Lord MahaVishnu had killed the demons at this place within no time in a nimish (nimishis a unit of time) and thence forth called as Nimeshaaranya.
 
Naimisharanya has a parikrama (circumambulation) path of 16 km, in whichall the sacred places in India are believed to be located. In every ancientliterary composition (Grantha) - starting from SriMadbhagvat to the presentage of Sri Ram Charita Manas, the site- Naimisharanya has been mentionedand described in each one of them.
MYTHOLOGY OF NAIMISHARANYA
The rich mythology of Naimisharanya is believed to have existed with theonset of the universe. The truth and significance of this sacred place wasrevealed to the saints and sages of that period and this divine knowledge gotpercolated down through successive generations. It is believed thatNaimisharanya existed in Sathya Yuga and the first ever pilgrimage site tobe laid out on earth.It is said to be the eighth Aranya and Astama Vaikunta. 33 crore devathas,3½ crore shrines, 88000 sages reside always here. Therefore, it isconsidered as a pious land where every deed performed receives fruitfulresults. This land has eternal meaning and its might is beyond theexplanation in any possible words.In the sacred and religious domain of Naimisharanya, there are several sitesof mythological
importance that display the might of the “Almighty”. Every
place has some significance that teaches the human race, some lessons tolead a prosperous life with strong belief in God. The Bhagavath Purana saysthat there is no holy place on earth that compares to this one. There areseveral stories about Naimisharanya.It is the place where Lord Maha Vishnu killed a demon by name Durjaya andhis followers with his Sudarshana Chakra. It is also said that when LordMaha Vishnu killed the demon Gayasura with his Sudarshana Chakra hisbody was cut into three parts that fell at three places namely Paada Gaya(Gaya Kshetra in Bihar), Naabhi Gaya in Naimisharanya and Kapali Gaya inBadari Kshetra. Hence Naimisharanya is also called Nabhi Gaya Kshetra.It is a place where Brahma Mano Maya Chakra struck the earth popularlyknown as Chakra Theertha. Swayambhuva Manu and Satrupa performedyaga and rigorous penance for 23000 years at this place for begettingNirakara Para Brahma Lord SriMann Narayana as their son.The whole episode related to Sage Dhadhichi donating his bones happenedat Naimisharanya. He donated his bones to Devathas at this place to makeweapons and defeat the demons.
 
It is believed that Lord Sri Rama performed Aswamedha yaga at this placeafter killing Ravana. It is also said that this is the place where Goddess SitaDevi was accepted by Mother Earth. After Luv and Kush sons of LordSriRama got united with their father she vanished here.Hanuman Garhi in Naimisharanya is the place where Lord Hanuman aftergetting released Sri Rama and Laxmana from the clutches of AhiRavan,bought them on his shoulders from Pathal.It is the land of Naimisharanya where Lord Vedavyasa composed 4 Vedas, 6Shastras and 18 Puranas and preached Samaveda to his beloved disciple-Maharishi Gemini. This is where the Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken.Knowledge regarding the benediction of humans was imparted here alongwith the simplest and easiest methods of pooja (worship) and importance of Sri Sathyanarayana Vratha Katha. Place of Origin for Lord SriSathyanarayana Vratha Katha.Pandavas visited this place during their exile and Lord Balarama visited thisplace during his pilgrimage.
In Mahabharata it is said, “Anyone who fasts,
prays, and attains perfection at Naimisharanya finds happiness in all the
worlds.” 
Tulasidas wrote Sri Rama Charitha Manas here.
CHAKRA THEERTHA
 (A special mention need to be made about this place in Naimisharanya)With the onset of the universe, 88,000 Saints and Sages went to LordBrahma and prayed him with the notion to know the ideal place foruninterrupted meditation, a place which will liberate one from all thedifficulties and sins, a place where one can get divine knowledge and forperforming spiritual rites for the welfare of the humanity.After hearing their prayers Lord Brahma told them that he would send hisdisc (called Manomaya Chakra) and it will direct them to the sacred spot.He also said that wherever its axis will fall, that particular place will be thefocal point of their sacred place for meditation. Having said this, He releasedhis Chakra and all the Saints followed its path.After completing several revolutions around the universe, finally the Chakrasettled at a deserted place and addressed the Saints that, this place which isdwelled on the banks of AdiGanga Gomati is free from all sins andcalamities. Moreover, any deed performed on this sacred place will give

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