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Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple

Shri Naina Devi Ji is one of the most notable places of worship in Himachal Pradesh. Located in Distt Bilaspur, it is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths where limbs of Sati fell on Earth. This holy place witnesses the huge crowd of pilgrims and devotees round the year and especially during Shravan Ashtami and in the Navratras of Chaitra & Ashwin.

Special fair is organized during Chaitra, Shravan and Ashwin Navrati, which attracts millions of visitors from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other corners of the country.

The current temple replaces the original 15th-century structure (buried in an 1880 landslide)that marks the spot where the goddess Sati’s eye fell when her husband Shiva scattered her body parts over the country.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. 

The famous shrine of Naina Devi is 57 km from Bilaspur, 151 Km from Shimla and 34 fromKiratpur 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 Sutlej, in the form of Gobind Sagar. Navratra Melas are held here that attract devotees from all over India, mostly from Punjab and Himachal. 

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.

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 Navaratricelebration 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 Bahadurpurthe 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 Manalicrossing Mandi and Kullu..