Naimisharanya is a Hindu Spiritual and intellectual centre with the famous temples of the Goddess Lalita Devi, Hanuman Garhi and holy places like Chakrateerath, Dadhichi Kund, Vyas Gaddi, Soot Gaddi on the banks of the river Gomti.
Naimisharanya or Naimish is an ancient place of pilgrimage and of Sanskrit learning which has attracted sages, scholars and laymen alike from times immemorial. In the Puranas, it is mentioned as one of the principal places of pilgrimage along with Prayag, Pushkar, Kedar, Setubandh and Gokaran. It is mentioned in ‘Skand Puran’ and above all in the ‘Shrimad Bhaagwat Puran’.
It is said that any Hindu pilgrimage is incomplete without a visit to Naimisaranya. In the Mahabharata it is said, “Anyone who fasts, prays, and attains perfection at Naimisaranya finds happiness in all the worlds.”
It is believed to have been the meditation centre of about 88 thousand saints. The Mahabharata was composed by Maharishi Vedvyas in Naimisharanya.On the request of Lord Indra, Maharishi Dadhichi after having bathed in the waters of Kund had sacrificed the mortal remains of his body and presented the bones to Indra so that he could create a Vajra powerful enough to kill Vritrasur.
The Gods came down here to request for arms to fight the devils, such goes a Hindu mythological story. This place is a spiritual and intellectual centre.