renowned Naina Devi Temple stands on the banks of the picturesque Naini Lake in
Nainital. Any person visiting Nainital doesn’t miss offering their prayers at
the famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Maa Naina Devi or Maa Sati is the presiding
deity of this temple. Legends have it that the temple is built on the site
where Maa Sati’s eyes fell on the earth while Lord Shiva was taking her charred
body out of the fire. The city has also got its name from Naina Devi.
need to climb a hill to reach the temple. On your way to the temple atop the
hill, you will find several small shops selling prasad and other items used for
temple is at a walking distance from the Nainital city bus stand, and you can
also hire an auto-rickshaw from there. Boats also take you across the Naini
Lake up to the temple.
exciting way to reach the temple is through the ropeway. The ropeway operates
from the bottom of the hill and transports tourists to the temple. Locals also
operate palkis for those who want to go in groups and enjoy the pilgrimage.
of the biggest festivals that attract a lot of tourists to the Naina Devi
Temple is the Nanda Ashtami. The festival goes on for around eight days.
Devotees from across the country visit the temple to seek blessings from the
temple is also thronged by visitors on other auspicious occasions like
Best time to visit: You will witness massive
crowd if you visit the temple during Navratri, i.e., September to October, or
during Shravan, i.e., July to August.
in Nainital, tourists do not miss the opportunity to visit the temple that is
revered by Hindus.