Located on the banks of Gomti River in Sitapur district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Naimisharanya is a revered Hindu temple enshrined by the God Vishnu. Also known as Nimsar, Neemsar or Nimkhar, it is one of the ‘Divya Desams’ i.e. one of the 108 Vishnu temples mentioned in the works of the scholarly Alvars (saints). The temple has been mentioned in Nalayira Divya Prabandham which is a collection of verses by composed by the 12 Alvars. Apart from this, the temple is one of the eight venerated temples that is believed to have self-manifested itself and is also called as Swayamvyaktha Kshetra.
Popular as one of the most important pilgrimage spots of the Hindus, the highlight of the temple is a holy tank called Chakra Kundra where the devotees take a dip to cleanse themselves of any sins. This holy tank is said to have been created with the Chakra- weapon of God Vishnu. Known to be one of the most ancient temples, the construction and design has been improvised by several rulers over the years. It is believed that several sages have performed penance here; the land is so holy that just by visiting here, a person can rid himself of his sins and attain Moksha (liberation).
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