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Naina Devi Temple

Mata Naina Devi Temple

The Naina Devi Temple is an important pilgrimage and attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world every year. The temple has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that the eye of Goddess Sati fell over here and hence it has been named as Naina Devi. Naina means eye. Sati was another name of goddess Parvati and wife of Lord Shiva, jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. To mourn the death of his beloved wife, Lord Shiva carried the body across the country. Then Lord Vishnu unleashed his Chakra and cut the Sati’s body into fifty-one pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath. Parts of her body fell at various places which became sacred worship places for the Hindus. The temple here is said to have been built on the precise spot where Sati's eyes had fallen. The picturesque blue-green Naina lake located near the temple is said to be the eyes of Sati.

The famous shrine of Naina Devi is 57 km from Bilaspur, 151 Km from Shimla and 34 from Kiratpur Sahib. The temple, upon 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.

HOW TO REACH :

By Air: Chandigarh and Bhuntar are the nearest air stations, located at 135 km and 131 km from Bilaspur.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Kiratpur Sahib and nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Shimla.
By Road: Situated on the National Highway No. 21 Deluxe Buses and Ordinary Buses ply from Chandigarh to Bilaspur via Kiratpur on the way to Manali crossing Mandi and Kullu.

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