Shri Naina Devi Ji, Bilaspur (H.P.) – Temple in India
Himachal Pradesh which is known as Dev Bhoomi or the Land of the Gods. Reflection of heaven on earth is Himachal. It is said to be the abode of the various celestial beings, Himachal features a really rich mythological past. No wonder we will see many temples often swarmed by massive numbers of devotees from all corners of the planet here. Undoubtedly, there are a variety of reasons to explore Himachal, yet tourists mesmerize to visit the temples. These sacred shrines, which narrate many interesting tales, are a really important part of Himachal Pradesh tourism also.
Almost every temple has some quite fair or festival connected with it. The history of temples is as old as mankind. Literally every Thorpe has one temple. The beauty of it enhances the serenity of himachal Pradesh. Some of the famous, among this, Shri Naina Devi Temple is located at an altitude of 1177 meters in Distt. Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Several mythological stories are related to the establishment of the temple.
It is said that Lord Shiva’s wife goddess Sati burnt herself in Yagna being alive when her father disrespected lord shiva. This distressed Lord Shiva. He picked the corpse of Sati on her shoulder and began his Tandav dance. This horrified all deities within the heaven as this might cause holocaust. This made Lord Vishnu to use his Sudarshan Chakra that cut the goddess Sati’s body into 51 pieces. Shri Naina Devi Temple is the place where the eyes of Sati fell down.
Shri Naina Devi Temple is additionally referred to as Mahishapeeth due to defeat of demon Mahishasur by the Goddess. According to the legends, Mahishasur was a strong demon who was blessed by the boon of immortality by Lord Brahma, but the condition was that he might be defeated only by an unmarried woman. Due to this boon, Demon Mahishasura started spreading terror on Earth with his cruel act. To destroy the demon, all Gods combined their powers and created a Devi to defeat him. The Devi was gifted different types of weapons by all Gods. When Mahishasur got mesmerized by the immense great thing about Devi and proposed to her to marry him. Devi told him that she is going to marry him if he would overpower her. During the battle, Devi defeated the demon Mahishasur. She took out both his eyes. This urged Gods to happily hail “Jai Naina”
Another story associated with the temple is of a Gujjar Boy named Naina. The boy observed white cow showering milk from her udders on a stone, while grazing his cattle. He saw an equivalent thing for the next several days. While sleeping one night, Goddess appeared in his dream who told him that the stone is her Pindi. Naina told about the whole situation and his dream to King Bir Chand. When the King experienced it happening actually, he built a temple immediately and named it Naina Devi temple.
One more story is related to Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji. When he left for his war against Mughals in 1756, he took blessings from Shri Naina Devi and performed a Sacrificial Yagna. With the blessings, he successfully defeated the Mughals.
Eyes (Naina) also signifies the strength of the soul, or Higher power is watching over you, protecting all the devotees from the evil’s forces.
May Naina Devi Protect you from Ignorance and guide you towards Light of wisdom.