About Naina Devi Temple

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A well known Shakti Peeths of Hindu religion, Naini Devi Temple is sacred place of great devotion in Nainital. Goddess  Devi is the deity of  Devi Temple and located at northern end of famous Nainital lake. Goddess in this holy temple is represented by her two eyes. Devotees from far away place comes here to take blessing of Maa Naina Devi.

The temple is located atop the  hillock near the Naini Lake, and draws thousands of devotees every year. There are many shops in close proximity to the  Devi Temple from where one can buy the prasad and pooja items.

          Location   near flat ,on the edge of Nainital lake in mallital area.
Distance/Travel time 2.5km/9 min from Roadways Bus stand Tallital, Nainital
Entry type free entry
Opening time 6:00am
Closing time 10:00 pm

 Devi temple in Nainital

Inside temple

There  is a huge Peepal tree that seems like sheltering the visitors in  devi temple . Across the people tree is an idol of Lord hanuman . Within the inner sanctum are sculpted figure of three deities : in the center are two netra (eyes) that represented  devi to the left is Mata kali Devi and to the right Lord Ganesha . The main shine of Maa  devi is bordered by two lion statues.

 Devi Temple Mythology

Hindu  scriptures provides information about historical importance of  Devi Temple Registered as one of the 51 Shakti Peeths.  Devi Temple is the place where eyes fron burned body of Goddess Sati falls when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva . So Goddess is praised here  in the form of eyes .

 Devi Temple  History

Also  Devi temple finds mention in Kisan period . Built in 15th AD .  Devi Temple idol was installed by a devotee Moti Ram Shah in 1842. After a drastic landslides in 1880.  devi temple was completely destroyed. Soon in 1893 locals build again the  devi temple since they have deep faith on Maa  Devi. Shri  Devi Temple is located on an altitude of 1177 meters in Distt. Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Several mythological stories are associated with the establishment of the temple.

According to a legend, Goddess Sati burnt herself alive in Yagna, which distressed Lord Shiva. He picked the corpse of Sati on her shoulder and started his Taandav dance. This horrified all deities in the heaven as this could lead to holocaust. This urged Lord Vishnu to unleash his Chakra that cut the Sati’s body into 51 pieces. Shri  Devi Temple is the place where eyes of Sati fell down.

Another story related to the temple is of a Gujjar Boy named . Once he was grazing his cattle and observed that a white cow is showering milk from her udders on a stone. He saw the same thing for next several days. One night while sleeping, he saw Goddess in her dreams who told him that the stone is her Pindi.  told about the entire situation and his dream to Raja Bir Chand. When Raja saw it happening in reality, he built a temple on that spot and named the temple after ’s name.

Shri  Devi Temple is also known as Mahishapeeth because of defeat of demon Mahishasur by the Goddess. According to the legends, Mahishasur was a powerful demon who was blessed by the boon of immortality by Lord Brahma, but the condition was that he could be defeated only by an unmarried woman. Due to this boon, Mahishasur started spreading terror on Earth and Gods. To cope with the demon, all Gods combined their powers and created a Devi to defeat him. The Devi was gifted different types of weapons by all Gods. When Mahishasur got mesmerized by the immense beauty of Devi and proposed her to marry him. Devi told him that she will marry him if he would overpower her. During the battle, Devi defeated the demon and took out both his eyes. This urged Gods to happily applaud “Jai ” and hence the name.

One more story is associated with Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji. When he left for his military campaign against Mughals in 1756, he went Shri  Devi and performed a Sacrificial Yagna to seek blessings of the Goddess. After getting the blessings, he successfully defeated the Mughals.

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