Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple

There is a huge Peepal tree that seems like sheltering the visitors in Naina Devi temple. Across the Peepal tree is an idol of Lord Hanuman. Within the inner sanctum are sculpted figures of three deities; in the centre are two netras (eyes) that represent Naina Devi, to the left is Mata Kali Devi and to the right, Lord Ganesha. The main shrine of Maa Naina Devi is bordered by two lion statues.

Hindu scriptures provide information about historical importance of Naina Devi Temple. Regarded as one of 51 Shakti Peeths, Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes from 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.

Also, Naini Devi temple finds mention in Kushan period. Built in 15th AD, Naina Devi temple idol was installed by a devotee Moti Ram Shah in 1842. After a drastic landslide in 1880, Naina Devi temple was completely destroyed. Soon in 1883 locals build again the Naina Devi Temple since they have deep faith on Maa Naina Devi.

How to Reach Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple is located at the northern end of Naini Lake in centre of Nainital city. One can reach Naina Devi temple easily by walk from Nainital bus stand. Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam railway station (35 kms) and airport at Pantnagar airport (55 kms) or Delhi IGI airport.

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