Video - In and Around Naina Devi Temple
Who build the temple and whenMaa Naina Devi is worshipped as a single selfborn pindi. There lies another pindi of Ganesha and a third established by the Pandavas which is believed to be the ’shakti pita’ where Sati’s eye fell. Naina means eye.
The Naina Devi temple is situated in the middle of a 1567 yard long, 167 yard wide and 93 feet deep lake. Since 1918 every year, a grand statue-immersion ceremony has been taking place here, on Bhadrapad Shukla Ashtami. Naina Devi temple serves as a major tourist spot of Nainital and Himachal Pradesh. It has been believed that the current temple at Nainital actually replaces the original 15th century temple, which was built during Kushan dynasty reign and got destroyed in a landslide, in 1880.
There are people who also say that a devotee of Maa Naina, Moti Ram Shah, was the person who established this temple in 1842 and it got destroyed in 1880 landslide. In short, the truth of the story of Naina Devi temple, before 1880, varies according to the beliefs of different people. While whatever could be the past, there is one fact related to the temple, over which there is no contradiction, that the temple was reconstructed in 1883.
Significance of the temple
She has been incarnated on a nearby hill called Mahishapith. Hearing about her unearthly beauty Mahishasur wanted to marry the Divine maiden and while she agreed to get married only on the condition that he could defeat her in battle. The Devi defeated his armies and finally Mahishasur, the Devi plucked out both his eyes and gave his skull to Brahma. The Gods showered the Devi with flowers called out the name “Jay Naina”.
Time to Visit
Other places to visitBahadurpur Fort which is on the top of a hill known as Bahadurpur with height of 1980 mt. point in the district near the Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur, distance about 40 km. from Bilaspur. The range is embellished and been decorated by nature with beautiful wood of deodar and ban trees.
|Bhakra Dam is situated at Bhakra village of Bilaspur, about 13 km upstream from Nangal Township which is one of the highest straight gravity dams in the world. The lake is about 90 km long covering an area of about 168 sq km of which 90 percent is in Bilaspur and 10 percent in Una district.||Nearby tourist places to Nainadevi Temple
Accommodation Facilities at the TempleGenerally it takes for the normal devotee an hour to reach the temple from the foothill of Naina Devi Temple. And now there is a ropeway to reach here and ropeway to temple distance is about 20 minutes. NeelMandir Trust has its own school, collage, Hospital and even langar. While the Gobind Sagar River, Bhakra Dam and village Toba are are nice visting place.
A big fair is held during Shravan Ashtami every year. For night stay, rest houses and sarais are available. For Pilgrims the Rope route is also available from main Swarghat-Bhakra road to the temple.
In the earlier days, the piligrims coming to visit the Temple usually used to trek the steep path of 1.25 kms to reach the temple at the hill-top. Now there is a facility of cable carwhich has been launched to make the journey easy and enjoyable. On Shravan Ashtami, a big fair is held annually at this temple. During the time of Navratras, the temple is visited by large number of people.
- By Air - to Visit Naina Devi Temple, Chandigarh and Bhuntar are the nearest airports, located at 135-km and 131-km from Bilaspur.
- By Railways - the nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kiratpur Sahib and the nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla.
- By Road - the Temple is situated on the National Highway No. 21. Deluxe Buses and even ordinary Buses are available from Chandigarh to Biaspur via Kiratpur on the way to Manali crossing Mandi and Kullu.