Naina Devi temple is one of the most important Shakti Peeths of India, situated in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. Raja Bir Chand got this temple constructed in the 8th century. The popular hill resort located in Himachal known by the name of Nainital has been named after the famous Naina Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi and is located on top of the Naina Hillin Bilaspur.
LEGEND : The Naina Devi Temple is an important pilgrimage and attracts thousands of devotees from far and near every year. The temple has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that the eye of Goddess Sati fell over here and hence it has been named as Naina Devi. Naina means eye. Sati was the another name of goddess Parvati and wife of Lord Shiva, jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. To mourn the death of his beloved wife, Lord Shiva carried the body across the country. Then Lord Vishnu unleashed his Chakra and cut the Sati’s body into fifty one pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath. Parts of her body fell at various places which became sacred worship places for the Hindus. The temple here is said to have been built on the precise spot where Sati’s eyes had fallen.The picturesque blue green Naina lake located near the temple is said to be the eyes of Sati.
The temple of Naina Devi is situated about 7 miles from Anandpore Sahib on Bhakra Nangalrail–line. The temple is situated on ShivalikMountain and devotees have to cover a distance of above 2 km on foot. It takes for the normal Devotee about half an hour to reach the temple from the foothill. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati (Durga). It is said that the Goddess is worshipped here in the form of a self-born Pindi. There are two more Pindis here – one of Lord Ganesha and one established by the Pandavas. The temple is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The scenic natural surroundings provide solace and peace for all those visiting this abode of devotion and faith.
Naina Devi Temple is definitely the place to be if are looking for some quiet moments and introspection. It’s scenic beauty is marvelous and all the devotees gets peace and blessings of Ma Naina Devi. It’s surrounded by Govind Sagar lake and Bharka Dam. Naina Devi is a great source of comfort, strength and influence on the soul searching. Those yearning for solace, peace and salvation, it is a dream destination and abode of peace.