Nainital is a beautiful hill-station in the state of Uttaranchal, surrounded by mountains on the three sides. Earlier, this area of Nainital had many lakes and it was known as the 'City of 60 Lakes' or 'Chakta'. Most of the lakes have disappeared in the present times. Now, the very life of the town of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini. There are few other lakes in and around Nainital which are equally attractive and beautiful as the Naini Lake.
The hill-station of Nainital was discovered by a British called Lord Barron in the year 1841. It is known that the mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings and the pleasant weather of the place impressed the British administrator very much. Lord Barron transformed the hill-station of Nainital into the summer capital of the United Province. The splendid hill-station of Nainital is a major tourist attraction and is always bustling with visitors.
The lake of Nainital is very pretty. According to legend, Goddess Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, jumped into a sacrificial bonfire. Lord Shiva, in order to mourn the death of his beloved wife, carried her body across the country.
The remains of the sacred body of Sati fell at various places, and according to the belief of the local populace, the lake is the site where the eyes of the Goddess Sati fell. All of these places have become the holy worship places for the Hindus. Here, the Naina Devi Temple in Nainital is dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi.