Naimisharanya, a sacred place of pilgrimage, about 90 km from Lucknow is one of the unexplored regions of India. It has a rich religious significance and is replete with mythological stories. A day trip to this place either from Lucknow or Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh can prove to be truly enriching if You’re interested in knowing about the rich history of mythology in India.
According to the scriptures, 88,000 rishis sat in the forests of Naimisharanya (also referred to with other names such as: Nemisharan, Naimisaranya, Neemsar, Naimish, Nimkhar, Nimsar and Naimisaranyam) where Ved Vyasa revealed the Vedas, Puranas, and Shastras to them.
Be it the Mahabharata or Ramayana, an Indian scripture will usually have the mention of Naimisharanya. It is said that in the four yugas there were four places for pilgrimage. In Satyuga it used to be Naimisharanaya, in Treta yuga it used to be Pushkar, in Dwapar it used to be Kurukshetra and in Kaliyug it is Ganga. So, visiting Naimisharanya is like travelling back in time to Satyuga.
Naimisaranyam, also known as Neemsar, Nimsar or Nimkhar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. Naimisharanya, a pilgrimage destination in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been extolled in a full-throated manner in the Puranas and in many other holy, ancient texts.
Naimisharanya falls within Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district. This holy place is believed to have existed right from the beginning of creation. In the ancient eras such as Satya Yuga, Kritha Yuga too Naimisharanya was considered to be an extremely sacred land. Numerous renowned saints and sages are believed to have performed rigorous penance at this place. According to popular religious beliefs, a visit to Naimisharanya cleanses one of all mortal sins, guarantees the attaining of Moksha and bestows some great divine powers on the visitor. There are many interesting places to visit at Naimisharanya. The top tourist attractions in Naimisharanya may be listed below
01. Chakra Tirtha
02. Sri Lalita Devi Temple
03. Vyasa Gaddi
04. Dashashwamedh Ghat
05. Suta Gaddhi
06. Shri Narada Temple
07. Balaji Temple
09. Havan Kund
10. Swayambhu Manu and Satarupa
11. Pandav Qila
12. Dadhichi Kund