Naina Devi is a pilgrimage site in the foothills of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, several kilometres from Anandpur Sahib. It is one of seven of the devi sites, the others being – Vaishnu Devi, Kangra Devi, Jwalaji Devi, Chamunda Devi, Chintapurni Devi and Mansa Devi. Naina Devi is known as the spot where Sati’s eyes were alleged to have fallen after her body was shaken by Lord Shiva after she had burnt herself alive in an act of self-sacrifice for Lord Shiva’s honour.
Naina Devi mandir is managed by a trust and has employed pandits performing rituals on site, ensuring that protocols and systems are followed efficiently and appropriate to conventions of the site. However, Naina Devi appears to have much diversity of practices and worshippers with several different mandirs within the complex. From rituals of ‘manat’ (wish) in tying red strips of cloth to beams, posts or other place to the offering and receiving of ‘parshaad’ to the mantras being recited around the ‘havan’, there is much that goes on at the site.
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