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"Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata, yatraitaastu na pujyante sarvaastatrafalaah kriyaah" - means ‘Wherever Women are worshiped and respected, divinity blossoms there and wherever women are dishonored all actions however noble remains unfruitful.
The Nimishamba Devi Temple located at Rajarajeshwari nagar, Bangalore is one of the best and serene temples to visit. During the ‘Navaratri Time’ it’s the best season, as you can see the whole temple vibrating with splendor and divinity.
The main deity Sri Nimishambha Devi is decorated each day with different styles;
Navarathri- 1st day – Harshina Alankara
Navarathri 2nd day - Kumkuma Alankara
Navarathri 3rd day - Srigandha Alankara
Navarathri 4th day - Flower Alankara
Navarathri 5th day - Godambi Drakshi Alankara
Navarathri 6th day - kavadi Alankara
Navarathri 7th day - Sri. Saraswathi Alankara
Navarathri 8th day - Durga Alankara
Navarathri 9th day – Kobbari Alankara
The effort which comes into picture for making these alankaras is to be mentioned. Approximately it takes 4 to 6 hrs depending on the alankara concept chosen. The Garbha Gudi or Deity Room is small with no fan or AC, so a person has to really sweat out and make a sweaty effort to finish the task of alankara.
Morning the pundits are awake with their routines to perform their anushtanam like sandhya vandanam, so there is no concept of waking late next day just because u have worked previous night.
During visiting time of temple no alankara is done, so previous night itself every aspect of alankara to deity and the garba gudi is taken care. Even the other deities Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva are decorated accordingly. The best and most important thing to be mentioned is the Prasadha, the devotees are happy to receive Nimishamba Mata blessing and her Prasadha.
The Temple Decor - flowers, coconut leaf, grass and other items
As a part of the Navaratri Ritual there is a tradition to offer respect and give gifts to women and children its called ‘Sumangali and Kumary Pooja’. This gift is given in ‘Morra’ Indian Tray or plastic basket, which has sarree or blouse for ladies, glass bangles, coconut, beetal leaves-nuts, for young girl’s also similar items.