Naina Devi

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Sati aka Dakshayani, was the wife of  Lord Siva, the Destroyer. She jumped into the Yagya (the Holy Fire) performed by her father King Daksha to avenge the insult to her husband. Lord Siva enraged at this slung her body over his shoulder and started performing the Rudra Tandav or the Cosmic Dance. It is believed that the earth and the heavens started shaking. Fearing catastrophe and to avoid it, Lord Vishnu, the Protector unleashed his weapon, the Chakra or the wheel. The Chakra sliced Sati’s body into 51 pieces which fell across the breadth of India. Siva stopped his dance when the weight disappeared from his shoulders.

Naina Devi in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh is the place where her eyes are believed to have fallen. Naina in Hindi refers to eyes. The temple is situated at an altitude of around 1180 metres above sea level.

A view of the temple
Taking a picture of the Goddess in the sanctum sanctorum is not permitted.

The lions outside the sanctum sanctorum

Bells to call out to the Goddess
The temple can be reached by road or by a ropeway from the base of the hills. From the ropeway stop, one needs to climb around 120 steps to reach the temple.

The ropeway car
Surrounded by beautiful mountains with a view of the river Sutlej, it was a beautiful experience.

A view of the river Sutlej from the hill top

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