Naina Devi Temple
#3 of 27 Places to Visit in Nainital
Distance (From Nainital Bus Station): 2 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 2 km from Tallital Bus Stand, The Naina Devi Temple is situated on northern end of the Nainital Lake near the Nainital Boat House Club in Nainital.
The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Naina Devi represented by two eyes. According to the legend, Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes from burned body of Goddess Sati fall when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva. The word Naina is synonymous with Sati's eyes. The temple is one the main places to visit in Nainital.
It is said that the current temple at Nainital actually replaces the original 15th century temple. In 1842, a devotee Moti Ram Shah installed an idol of Naina Devi. A major landside has destroyed the temple completely in 1880. Naina Devi temple was replaced by the present structure in 1883.
Inside the temple, devotees have darshan of three deities. On the extreme left is Mata Kali Devi, the center representing two eyes of Naina Devi and to right side is idol of Lord Ganesh. After crossing the main gate, there is a big Peepal tree on the left side. On the right side of the temple there is an idol of Lord Hanuman. The main shrine of Naina Devi is bordered by two lion statues.
During Nanda Ashtami, a big fair is organized in the Naina Devi temple and devotees come for darshan and take blessings. This Nanda Ashtami festival runs for 8 days in the premises of Naina Devi temple. A ceremony of statue immersion of Goddess Nanda Devi with her sister Naini Devi is celebrated on last day of the fair. Other holy occasions like Navaratri, Chaitra Fair etc. also witness huge number of devotees in the temple.
Timings: 6 AM to 9.30 PM