Naimisaranyam is among the eight swayam vyakhta kshetrams and among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas. The place is also known as Nimkhar or Nimsar and is on the banks of the river Gomati. Here the Lord is in the form of forest. The Lord is known as Devaraja Perumal or Sri Hari and the thayar is called Sri Hari Lakshmi thayar. The Vyasa ghat temple is located on the banks of the river. There are two pushkarnis- the Gomathi river and Chakra theertham.
The mythology was that when the sages were searching a place to perform penance towards Lord Vishnu, Brahma, the god of creation, bought a ring from the place Darba grass. And He told the sages to perform penance in a place where the ring falls. The ring was believed to befell at Naimisaranyam and the sages performed penance there. And Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared to the sages when they completed their penance and blessed them. It is believed that Lord Vishnu and the sages are present in the forest in the form of trees.
Sri Devaraja Perumal Temple Thiru Naimisaranyam Lucknow
Sri Devaraja Perumal temple is considered as Tapovanam because the presiding deity Lord Deva Raja Lord Vishnu is believed to reside over the forest. The ritual to the presiding deity is believed to be done to the forest. And the goddess of the temple is Pundarikavalli Thayaar.
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