About: Naina Devi Temple

About: Naina Devi Temple (Nainital, Uttarakhand, India)

English translation

Within Puranas the water of Naina Jheel is considered as holy as Mansarovar. At the corner of Naini Jheel is Shree Maa Naina Devi temple – one of the Shakti Peetha among 51 Shakti Peethas of India.

It is mentioned within Puranas Sage Atri, Pulsatya and Pulah meditated within this valley. It is believed Nainital was created from the left eye of Devi Sati. Sati father Daksh Prajapati once organized a grand havan but didn’t invite his son-in-law Lord Shiva. Thus, Sati – wife of Lord Shiva was very upset and with the wish to be born again to be the wife of Lord Shiva again immolate herself by jumping into the havan. This frightful incident shocked Lord Shiva. He left all his duties and with the charred body of Sati started roaming universe aimlessly. Due to this the balance of the universe was in trouble. Then Lord Vishnu – preserver of the universe with his Sudarshana Chakra cut the charred body of Sati into pieces and relieved Lord Shiva from pain and agony. The parts of Sati body fell at many places and later was known as Shakti Peetha. The left-eye of Sati fell at Nainital thus picturesque lake was created.

19th century when Nainital was discovered Shri Motiram Shah whose constructed house Pilgrim Cottage known as the first house of Nainital constructed Shree Maa Naina Devi temple at the corner of the lake. This temple was existing earlier somewhere in the middle of current Boat House Club Capital Cinema. 1880 the devastating earthquake and temple was destroyed. It is said Naina Devi appeared in the dream of Shri Amarnath Shah – son of Motiram Shah and narrated the location where the deity was present within the rubble. Motiram Shah along with friends and relatives discovered the deity and re-constructed the temple. The temple was finally completed in the year 1883.

After the demise of Amarnath Shah his son Udaynath Shah and then grandson Shri Rajendra Nath Shah was taking care of the temple. 21st July 1984 Shree Maa Naina Devi mandir Amar Uday Trust was registered. Shri Rajendra Nath Shah handed over care to the trust. There are 40 members within the trust.