Enter your destination
Call Our Travel Experts
Call Our Travel Experts

Asia & Rest of the world

Close

Naina Devi Temple Bilaspur Himachal Pradesh

On a beautiful location of a hilltop in the Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh sits the revered temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji. It is a notable place of worship in the state as it is home to one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, representing the fallen body part (eyes) of the Goddess Sati. The dedicated followers of Devi (goddess) are seen in a large number throughout the year and especially during festive times. The Shri Naina Devi is an important pilgrimage center for the Hindus and the Sikhs. It attracts visitors from nearby cities of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and others. The word Naina is prominent and means eyes. Seek blessings at Naina Devi Temple with our Himachal Pradesh tour packages, which you can customize with the help of our travel experts. Contact us for more information and book a tour with us!

History:

Several mythologies and legends are associated with the temple; however, the most important one is about the goddess Sati. It is believed that after the goddess burnt herself alive in the Yagna (pious fire offering), Lord Shiva, in a fury, marched forward, causing huge destruction. In order to stop Shiva, Lord Vishnu released his Sudarshana Chakra (spinning disc-like weapon) and cut Sati's body into 51 parts. Shri Naina Devi Temple is the spot where Sati's eyes fell.

Another legend tells us how the Shri Naina Devi Temple is a Mahishapeeth. It was in this vicinity that the goddess defeated the demon Mahishasur. The demon had received an immortality boon from Lord Brahma. However, he could only be destroyed by an unmarried woman. Undermining the power of a woman, Mahishasur started professing confusion and spreading terror on earth. This is how the Devi was created, all the gods combined their powers to defeat the demon. Devi was successful in defeating Mahishasur and in the end, when she took out both his eyes, she got the name, Naina Devi.

Similarly, a story of a Gujjar boy named Naina is believed to have started the name of the temple. The boy, while grazing his chattel, discovered the abstract manifestation of Devi. He witnessed a white cow showering her milk upon a stone for several days, he finally discussed his experience with the King, Raja Bir Chand. The king then built this temple at this spot after witnessing the act.

Rituals and Fairs:

Shri Naina Devi is offered Puja Archana 5 times a day; the offerings vary with each Puja followed by different aartis. The devotees chant out Jaikaras or praises of the Devi and the names of her several manifestations. The devotees ring the bell; it is believed that the sound of the bell keeps away all things that are not auspicious. Fairs commemorating the goddess are held here during Shravan Ashtami, Navratri, Chaitra, and Ashwin Navrati. Devotees in a large number visit the temple; it is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the northern part of the country. The auspicious nine-day celebration is prepared with immense respect and faith.