Shri Naina Devi Temple is situated at an altitude of 1177 meters in district Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Many mythological stories are associated with the establishment of the temple.
Nainital is a hill town in Uttarakhand state. It was the summer capital of the British. There is a big lake on top of the mountain. In which water is always filled.
Due to this a huge lake was formed which was called Nainital. That area later known as Nainital. But this fact is not mentioned in the Puranas. According to Skanda Purana, this is Tririshisarovar. These three sages were Atri, Pulastya, and Pulah. There is a temple of Naina Devi on the banks of the lake on the banks of Mallital.
History of Mata Shri Naina Devi Ji
A long time ago in Satya Yuga, Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, daughter of Daksha, immolated herself in protest of her husband Shiva’s insult to her father. Lord Shiva shocked by the incident and in anger, he kept the dead body of Sati on his shoulder and started the dance of destruction, and started moving towards the East. Watching his devastating attitude Bramha and the other Gods became worried.
They worried that the universe may be destroyed. They knew that the body of Sati on the shoulder of Lord Shiva would not decompose so long it remained in touch with Shiva’s body. But it was important to detach the body of Sati from that of Siva to bring Lord Siva out of such a great shock and could be avoided the catastrophe of the universe. They knew what to do but were not sure how to do it.
They then approached Lord Bishnu. After a long discussion, they decided that Lords Bramha, Bishnu, and Shani would utilize their power of Yoga to chop the body of Sati into pieces and throw those parts of the body into the universe to establish Shaktipeeths. They executed the plan. The destruction of the universe was averted. Shri Naina Devi Temple is the place where Sati’s eyes fell.