Naini Lake


According to Hindu mythology, when Sati’s (Lord Shiva’s wife) father insulted Shiva by not inviting him to a family sacrifice, she immolated herself in protest. Infuriated Shiva gathered her charred remains in his arms and proceeded to engage in ‘Tandav’, the dance of cosmic destruction, threatening the existence of the world. To terminate the dance, Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe, chopped up Sati’s body into pieces, whose remains were scattered everywhere. Naina Devi Temple at the northern end of the Naini Lake in Nainital is believed to be the spot where Sati's eye fell.

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