Naina Devi Ji Temple
Situated in Himachal Pradesh in a town called Nanina Devi overlooking the “Gobind Sagar Lake” is the Naina Devi ji Temple. This “Shakti Peetha” temple is located in the Bilaspur district on top of hill. Furthermore, this temple is extremely popular during Shravan Ashtami and during Navratras in the Chaitra and Ashwin months, and attracts a large number of devotees from across the country. In addition, an annual fair is organized at this temple which is extremely popular and attracts a large number of devotees especially from neighbouring states such as Punjab, Haryana etc.
a. Best time to visit Naina Devi Ji Temple
The ideal time to visit this temple is from October to March when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 25 degree Celsius to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Naina Dev Ji Temple
Naina Devi ji Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is in Bilaspur. The Bilaspur Railway Station connects to major cities in the country such as Mumbai, Pune, Amritsar, Chennai, Kolkata etc via the Mumbai-Kolkata railway line.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.
- Via New Delhi:
There are three routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH44, via NH44 and NH205, and via Gohana Road/Jind Road/Jind-Gohana Road.
- Via Chandigarh:
There are two routes from Chandigarh to this temple, and they are via NH205 and via NH105.
- Via Ludhiana:
There are two routes from Ludhiana to this temple, and they are via Neelon Ropar Canal Road, and via Naina Devi Road.
- Via Jalandhar:
There are three routes from Jalandhar to this temple, and they are via SH18, via SH18 and Naina Devi Road, and via NH 103A.
- Via Amritsar:
There are three routes from Amritsar to this temple, and they are via Grand Trunk Road, via Grand Trunk Road and NH103A, and via Grand Trunk Road and NH503.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is in Raipur. The Swami Vivekanand Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai etc.
c. Religious significance of the Naina Devi ji Temple
There a number of myths associated to the establishment of this temple. A couple of them are as follows
1. Myth 1:
According to a myth, Goddess Sati in anger committed suicide in the fire of a yagna being performed by her father. In response an enraged Lord Shiva carried the burnt body of his wife Sati and performed the cosmic dance “Tandava”. This dance left all the other gods in heaven shaken and worried about the consequences of Shiva’s anger. So in response Lord Vishnu hurled his chakra at the burnt body and cut it into “51 pieces” which fell on various spots in the country. Apparently it was the eyes of Goddess Sati that fell at the site where this temple was eventually built.
2. Myth 2:
A myth also states that once Goddess Naina herself appeared in the dreams of king called Bir Chand. She apparently pointed out to him that there happened to be cow that frequently sprinkled milk from its udder on to a particular stone in this region where the spirit of the Goddess herself existed. To confirm the authenticity of this dream Raja Bir Chand as instructed went to that particular spot himself wherein he finally saw with his own eyes the cow sprinkling the milk. And so in honour of Goddess Naina Devi he built a temple at the spot where the stone was located.