Naina Devi Temple, Uttarakhand, 51 Shakti Peethas Temple List, Info
Naina Devi Temple is among the 51 Shakti Peethas and is considered more sacred among the Hindus. The temple is situated in Uttarakhand. Every year thousands of devotees have been visiting the temple to have a glimpse of the Goddess Naina Devi. According to the traditional beliefs, Goddess Sati’s eyes fell at the place where the Naina Devi Temple is situated.
The moment you crossed the main gate, you will explore a big peepal tree stands on the left. Later you will find idols of Hanuman and Ganesh, on the right. Thereafter, you will be seen three deities include Mata Kali Devi, Maa Naina Devi at the centre and Lord Ganesh stand for darshan.
The temple can be visited all around the year. It is crowded with the devotees especially during the festivals include Navratri, Shravani Mela and Chaitra Mela. The timings of the temple are 6 AM to 10 PM.
Legend Of Shakti Peeth:
According to the popular legend, Sati was one of the daughters of Daksha, the son of Lord Brahma. When she grew up, Sati wanted to marry Shiva. However, her father Daksha possesses hatred towards Lord Shiva and was not happy with the Sati’s decision. So he tried a lot to stop their marriage. Despite his efforts, Sati married Lord Shiva. The marriage enhanced the Daksha’s hatred towards Lord Shiva.
Daksha, the father of Sati intend to perform a yagna. To take part in this yagna he called all the devotees except Lord Shiva. After hearing about this Yagna, Sati expressed her wish to Lord Shiva to attend the yagna. Initially, Lord Shiva tried to convince her and not let her attend the yagna. However, her strong intention can’t stop herself from going.
There, she witnesses all the deities except his husband. She realized that his father intentionally humiliated Lord Shiva. She demanded that her companion should be acknowledged as others. When that did not happen Sati’s wrath immolated herself in a fire. After knowing about the death of Sati, Lord Shiva rush to the Yagna’s place and cut off Daksha’s head. Moreover, he commenced the dance of destruction by carrying the mortal remains of Goddess Sati. All deities urged Vishnu to stop this destruction. So Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut the Sati’s dead body into several parts. These parts fell in various parts of the earth. These parts are called Sakti Peethas.
How To Reach Naina Devi Temple:
Naina Devi temple can be accessed by using various modes of transport.
The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport which is about 60 km from the temple.
The nearest railway station is Ramnagar Junction which is about 13 km from the temple.