Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nainital- Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple is the most famous and sacred place in Nainital, Uttarakhand. This temple is also popular among the Hindus as Shakti Peeth. Naina Devi temple was almost destroyed in the devastating landslide of 1980 but was reconstructed later. We were lucky to witness the famous festival on the occasion of Nanda Ashtami which lasts for 8 days every year. Here is a short photo journey of the festival in September 2016-

The entry gate of fair ground

A huge fair is organized for theNanda Devi festival. The huge ground is lined with variety of shops and vendors who come from distant locations to Nainital. 

This attracts every women in the fair

Traditional Dancers

Traditional Dancers- They dance all 8 days till the end of the festival

Vendors sell colors- as an offering to Nanina Devi 

That's actually a male in female dress

Nanda Devi view from the lake

Head Priest of Naina Devi temple

Last day of festival- The paalki yaatra

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