The enchanting image of Maa Naina Devi holds a significant faith amongst the Hindu devotees. Situated in Bilaspur city in Bilaspur District, Himachal Pradesh, the temple is attached with several mythological and historical stories. Also, it is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas.
You can also listen to the locals of Bilaspur describing the stories captivatingly to tourists, that is very alluring to them. Also, you will notice the advance architecture from every corner of the wall. The hills of Naina Devi overlook the Gobind Sagar lake. The lake was created by the Bhakra-Nangal Dam.
The Temple of Shri Naina Devi is situated on a hilltop, base of which also has samadhi of bhagat Jatt Jeona Morh. The temple is connected with National Highway No. 21. The temple at the top of the hill can be reached via road and then by concrete steps. There is also a cable car facility that moves pilgrims from the base of the hill all the way to the top.
Several mythological stories are associated with the establishment of the temple. According to a legend, Goddess Sati burnt herself alive in Yagna, which distressed Lord Shiva. He picked the corpse of Sati on his shoulder and started his Tandava dance.
This horrified all deities in the heaven as this could lead to holocaust. This urged Lord Vishnu to unleash his Chakra that cut the Sati’s body into 51 pieces. Shri Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes of Sati fell down.
You can attend several aartis offering to maa Naina Devi. Such an amazing scenario has its own aura to spread around the temple. You will love to attend and get into the process of different divine aartis such as Mangala Aarti, Shringar Aarti, Saanya Aarti (evening Aarti). It is also believed that these aartis hold a significant role to show the gratefulness to Maa Naina Devi.
When you are in the beautiful district of Una, make sure you are visiting the divine place during the festival of Navratri that is usually celebrated in the month of March-April and October-November. You will feel an amazing bliss around the atmosphere.
If you are at Naina Devi Temple, you have to visit the Gobind Sagar Lake which is over Sutlej River. It is the world's highest second gravity dam. If you are an explorer of new things, this is a noteworthy addition into your itinerary.
The Bhakra Dam is one of the significant dams in India. It was designed and built by Sir Louis Dance during British Raj. The Bhakra Dam is the second highest dam of India after Tehri Dam.
The Naina Devi Temple is ever-shining pilgrim. Though, during festivals, the magnificence rises up to the next level. From October-March, Naina Devi Temple looks like paradise as the months are the festival months.
The nearest airport is the Shimla Airport to Naina Devi Temple, Bilaspur.
The nearest railway station is Panoh Railway Station. After reaching the station, you can take different local modes of transportation.
Taking bus service from Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh is the best decision.