On the mountain top of the Bilaspur district in Himachal Pradesh, the Sri
Naina Devi Ji temple is located. The temple is at an altitude of 1219 meters
above the level of the sea. It was constructed in the 8th century by
Raja Bir Chand. There are several folklores related to this temple. This place
is considered to be very holy and is visited by many pilgrims regularly.
The folklores surrounding this temple give it a mystical aura that attracts
many visitors and fills them with charm. On a three-sided hillock, the temple
was built and is believed to fall amongst the 52 Shakti Peeths of Goddess Sati.
Throughout the year almost all of the Hindu festivals are celebrated here with
great mirth and vigor. Tourists and pilgrims come here to witness these
festivals and take blessings of the great Goddess.
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The past about the temple
Among all the folklores surrounding this temple, the most famous one is,
when Goddess burnt herself and sacrificed her life during her father’s Yagna,
Lord Shiva became furiously angry. Shee took the dead body of the Sati on his
shoulder and began his Tandava. Shiva’s wrath made all other deities terrified
as might have destroyed the world. Then Lord Vishnu used his Chakra to cut the
corpse of Sati into 51 pieces to stop Lord Shiva and save the world. The 51
body pieces fell in different parts of the world. Sri Naina Devi temple is
situated is the place where the eyes of Sati knocked down. From this, the
temple was named as Naina Devi temple.
Famous Festivals at the Temple
Various Hindu festivals are celebrated in this temple throughout the
year. Pilgrims from all over the world visit this temple to witness these
festivals. Navratri is celebrated for a period of 10 days here in a grand way.
A Mela is organized in October- November to celebrate this festival. Apart from
that, Shri Maha Tara Jayanti is celebrated for the duration of 10 days every
year to worship the different personifications of the Goddess.
Palkis and the Ropeways at the temple
There are ropeways to take the visitors from the lower part of the mount
to the temple so that they can see the grandeur of this temple. This is the
easiest access available in this town to visit Naina Devi temple. Also, palkis
are available in this area and are used as a comfortable ride. Devoted pilgrims
like to cross the path on their foot singing Jai Mata Di on their way. The
distance from the bottom of the hill to the top can be covered comfortably
within 30 minutes.
Formation of the Holy Temple
The temple of Naina Devi Ji is situated at the peak of a mount so people reach
there by walking or by any carriage. People can also use the ropeway to get to
the temple. There is a magnificent Peepal tree on the left side of the main
gate. Figures of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha are situated just opposite to
the tree. After arriving the main temple, visitors can see two gigantic sculptures
of lions guarding the temple. In the inner chamber, three idols are situated. The
left side has the idol of Kali Devi, you can see the Eyes of the Shakti in the
middle, and on the right side id the idol of Lord Ganesha. There are shops on
the sides of the road leading to the temple. They sell souvenirs and prasad.
Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this temple during the primes Hindu
festivals. Naina Devi temple is one of the most visited temples of the country
and holds a huge religious significance.
Arriving the Naina Devi Temple
The temple is
situated at the top of a hill in Bilaspur of Himachal Pradesh.
Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport from the
temple. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways flights connect this airport to New
Delhi. The temple is almost 100 kilometers away from Chandigarh.
Road: people can take National Highway 21 to reach
this temple. Anandpur Sahib is 20 kilometers away from this temple. People have
to cross 8 kilometers drive in hill ways. Kiratpur Sahib is 30 kilometers away from
this temple that includes 18 kilometers drive in the hills. People can travel
via taxis to reach the temple as well. Visitors can also take State Transport
Bus Services from cities like Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.