Between the tranquil hills, along the serene and beautiful lake is located a place of immense peace and spirituality which is the abode of goddess Sati and is the preserver of the entire city, called as the Naina Devi Temple.
Naina Devi Temple
This temple situated near Naini lake is said to be amongst one of the 51 Shakti Peeths and is worshipped in the form of Naina (eye) of Goddess.
The legend states that the lake was formed by the left eye of Goddess Sati which dropped here while his consort Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse in his back and was wandering with rage and anguish. In meantime Lord Vishnu cut the dead body with his sudarshan chakra and the parts of the body fell apart in different places.One such place is Nainital where this temple is located.
Temple was built by Lt. Mr. Moti Lal Sah in year 1684 but due to a massive earthquake the temple was decimated.
The present day temple is said to be reconstructed by Lt. Mr. Amarnath Sah, the son of Lt. Mr. Moti Lal Sah.
It is said that goddess herself appeared in his dream and guided him to the exact location where the idol was buried during the catastrophe.
At present the temple’s maintenance is looked after by the “Shri Ma Naina Devi Amar Uday Trust”.
The temple has idols of Lord Hanuman, Goddess Saraswati, Radha-Krishna, Bhairav,Nav Grah and Shivling along with the idol of Ma Naina Devi.
Every year on the auspicious occasion of Nandashtmi, which generally falls during August or September, special religious ceremony is organised at this place and a week long fair is held in the city in which various cultural programs are organised. People from far flung places participate in this procession to seek the blessings of mother goddess.
Apart from this, Durga Puja is also organised in Dusshera which is also a important religious event of this temple.
Temple is located in Mallital,Nainital aside the beautiful Nainital Lake and is easily accessible.
A place with a calm and composed essence for the spiritual as well as mental rejuvenation of one’s soul,mind and body.