Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #3: Origin of the Word “Nimesha”

by Vinaya HS on May 7, 2007

in Spirituality

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During the Ramayana, there was a king called “Nimi” (forefather of Lord Sri Rama). He was performing a Yagna with Maharishi Vashishta. The yagna was halfway through when the sage was asked by Lord Indra to participate in another yagna. So Maharishi Vashista left the yagna of King Nimi to be a part that yagna to be performed by Indra.

Maharishi Vashishta did not return for a long time. King Nimi was very angry with Maharishi Vashishta and completed the yagna with the help of other Rishis. Finally when he (Maharishi Vashishta) returned, King Nimi cursed Maharishi Vashishta that he should die for the mistake he had done. In turn Maharishi Vashishta as well cursed him that he should also die as he had not committed any mistake.

Meanwhile, Lord Brahma intervened and took back the curses (they both were great people and their untimely death would have caused big problems). However, King Nimi did not want to return to this world. So Lord Brahma granted him a boon that he will stay in the eye-lashes of all jeevas.

So the time between the flapping of the eye lashes was termed as “Nimesha.”

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Naham Kartha Harih Kartha

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