Mata Naina Devi blesses all who visit her temple as per the saying. We also had paid a visitÂ to the temples in Himachal Pradesh with the same hope and aspiration. It was such a blessedÂ moment. We were out to visit temples in Himachal and a darshan to the Maa Naina DeviÂ was on the priority list. People have been visiting this place since time immemorial and weÂ considered ourselves lucky to be among those who receive Deviâ€™s blessings every year.
This temple is one of the most famous among the temples in Himachal. It is located in BilaspurÂ district of Himachal Pradesh and stands at an elevation of 1177 meters. The place is surroundedÂ by Govind Sagar and Bharka Dam.
There are stories from mythology attached to this temple which gives it a holy bearing like allÂ other temples in Himachal Pradesh. â€˜Nainaâ€™ means eyes and it is said that after Mahadeva wasÂ insulted by Satiâ€™s father Daksh, and Sati fell dead Shiva carried the body of Sati and started theÂ Taandav dance.
Vishnu, fearing a holocaust due to this Taandav by Shiva released his chakra toÂ slice the body of Sati to fifty one pieces. The eyes fell at the place where the Naina Devi templeÂ stands today. We were inspired by such stories from Hindu Mythology and had shivers down ourÂ spines while we entered the aromatic presence of the Devi Griha, the interiors of the beautifulÂ temple.
The Worship or Puja Archana like in all other temples in Himachal Pradesh, is done five timesÂ a day. Bhog or offereings of food are offered to the deity five times and each worship is followedÂ by Aarti which are wonderful celebrations to be take part in.
There are package tours that we availed of while visiting the temples in Himachal, in A/CÂ vehicles comprising of jeeps, cars or mini buses. A/C hotel rooms were also available on twinÂ sharing basis. We could avail of guides and drivers too. There were arrangements for basisÂ medical support. The food in the temples of Himachal is strictly vegetarian along with nonÂ alcoholic drinks.
Here is some information about reaching the temple that you might find handy. From theÂ Chandigarh airport the distance is 100 kms. The railway station thatâ€™s the nearest is AnandpurÂ Sahib which is 30 kms from the temple and the temple is also connected to the NationalÂ Highway No. 21. When we reached the nearby bus stop we decided to walk it down to theÂ temple while you can also hire Palkis or Palanquins to reach the temple.