The famous shrine of Naina Devi is 57 km from Bilaspur, 151 Km from Shimla and 34 from Kiratpur Sahib. The temple, up on a hill, presents a panoramic view of the town of Anandpur Sahib (15 km from Naina Devi) also of the low-lying ranges by the side of flowing
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 Hill in 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 Nangal rail–line. The temple is situated on Shivalik Mountain 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.
FAST FACTS :
- Climate : All the seasons of nature visit Bilaspur during the year. Situated in the hot temperature zone the climate of Bilaspur ranges from high temperature to sub tropical.
- Best time to visit : Whole year.
- Altitude : 1100m.
- Naina Devi attracts thousands of devotees every year on the auspicious occasion of 3 festivals Navratris, Shravani & Chaitra. The Navaratri celebration in Sept–Oct is the largest fair and two more annual melas i.e. Shravani Mela in July-August & Chaitra mela in March-April, attract lakhs of people of divergent religious faith, caste, creed and culture. The colourful melas become the melting pot of Hindus, Sikhs and others - a unique sight of real Unity in Diversity.
PLACES OF INTEREST :
- Bhakra Dam : Situated at Bhakra village of Bilaspur, about 13 km upstream from Nangal township, it 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.
- Bahadurpur Fort : It is just 6 km. On the top of a hill known as Bahadurpur the highest (1980 m) point in the district near Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur, distance about 40 km. from Bilaspur. The range is embellished by a beautiful wood of deodar and ban trees.
- Tibetian Market : Near the temple is the Tibetan market which sells many interesting items.
- Nainital Boat Club : The Nainital Boat Club is a popular tourist attraction. Many of our film directors have captured the lake for song sequences. Many of our film directors have captured the lake for song sequences. The sunset over the lake is an amazing sight. The reflection of the surrounding mountains in the lake creates a image which is indescribably beautiful.
HOW TO REACH :
- Air : Chandigarh and Bhuntar are the nearest air stations, located at 135 km and 131 km from Bilaspur.
- Rail : The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Kiratpur Sahib and nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Shimla.
- Road : Situated on the National Highway No. 21 Deluxe Buses and Ordinary Buses ply from Chandigarh to Biaspur via Kiratpur on the way to Manali crossing Mandi and Kullu..