Channel Your Spiritual Side With A Visit To These 7 Temples In And Around Nainital
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While Nainital is loved for its scenic beauty and lush greens surroundings, another of its much loved aspect is that it houses some of India’s most revered temples of great historical and mythological significance. So while you're there, why not explore the spiritual side of the hill town, as you drown in the many mythological tales that helped shape them.
Check out these temples in and around Nainital that are sure worth a visit:
1. Hanuman Garhi
Situated to the south of Tallital, lies the famous Hindu temple of Lord Hanuman called Hanuman Garhi. The temple is situated at a height of 6,401 feet from the sea level and was built by Neem Karoli Baba around 1950. The temple also serves as a viewpoint for tourists to witness sunsets around the time of evening aarti.
Location | Haldwani Road
2. Naina Devi Temple
Considered to be one of the most revered Hindu temples in India, Naina Devi is situated on the northern shore of Naini Lake. Naina Devi or Mata Sati is the presiding deity of this temple and mythologically this place marks the spot where Sati’s eye fell on earth, after Lord Shiva carried her charred remains from the yagna performed by Daksha.
Location | Ayarpatta
3. Mukteshwar Temple
Mukteshwar Temple is located atop the highest point of Mukteshwar and is also known as Mukteshwar Dham or Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple. The 350 year old Shiva Temple is adorned with stunning sculptures of deities like Ganesh, Nandi, Hanuman, Vishnu and Brahma. It is also said that, Rabindranath Tagore started writing Gitanjali in Mukteshwar.
Location | Darima
5. Golu Devta Temple
Perched at an altitude of 2000 meters above the sea level, in the small town of Ghorakhal les the famous Golu Devta Temple which frequently makes headlines for the unique rituals performed here. From devotees making petitions on stamp papers, to hanging bells when their wishes are granted, people from all over the region consider Golu Devta to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Location | Ghorakhal
6. Kainchi Dham
A modern day pilgrim centre, this place owes its popularity to the ashram of the famous Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji. Hundreds of people visit this temple founded in 1962, daily.
It is well maintained and kept neat and clean. The temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman and it also houses an ashram for the devotees right adjacent to the temple.
Location | Nainital-Almora Road
7. Sitabani Temple
Sitabani Temple is dedicated to Devi Sita and is believed to be the place where she entered into the lap of Mother Earth. Located at a distance of 20 km from Ramnagar, it also houses a famous temple dedicated to lord Shiva and a beautiful river. Wildlife safari of this zone is also very famous. People often choose a Sitabani safari when they don't get permit for Corbett Tiger Reserve zone.
Location | Village Maujli, Ramnagar
Go explore these houses of worship!