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Uttaranchal Temples >> Naina Devi Temple

History of Naina Devi Temple: Near the Shivalik mountain- According to legend, Lord Shiva’s consort Sati once burnt herself alive in Yagna to avenge an insult to Lord Shiva. The distraught Shiva picked her corpse and gyrated his horrified dance. Then Lord Vishnu unleashed

His Chakra and cut the Sati’s body into fifty one pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath. All the fifty one places - where parts of Sati's body fell, became known as Shakti Peeths.It is believed that Sati’s eyes fell at the place where this temple is situated. Therefore, this temple is called Naina Devi. The word Naina is synonymous with Sati’s eyes.Since then, devotees started visiting this temple.. It's surrounded by Govind Sagar lake and Bharka Dam.

The temple is situated above the Naina peak at a height of 2611 metres. A famous Indian legend is that after Sati had burned herself alive, Lord Shiva, her husband, carrying her corpse with anger, started his tandava (dance of death) bringing destruction on earth. Hence lord Vishnu, to stop him, unleashed his chakra and this cut the body of Sati in 51 pieces. Wherever her body parts fell, today those places are worshipped and are called Shakti Peeths. Her eyes fell here and hence Naina Devi temple came up here. The word naina is synonymous with eyes in Hindi. A fair held here in honour of Nanda devi, the patron goddess of Kumaon is very famous and attracts several people every year, it is an important event in the cultural and religious activity chart of Uttaranchal.

Madmaheshwar Temple

Located in Rudraprayag district, the temple is one of the five Kedar temples, or one of the five places where the parts of Shiva fell. It is believed that the place where Madmaheshwar temple is situated, Lord Shiva's stomach had emerged. The temple is located at an altitude of 3289 metres above the sea level. A classic example of north Indian style architecture, the temple is surrounded by wild natural scenery. The trek upto here is filled with wild and unparalleled scenic beauty on the way. The water here at Madmaheshwar is considered so pure and sanctified that even few drops are more then enough for baptising one.