Nainital, the summer capital of the United Provinces, is situated in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas.
This beautiful city is set in a valley containing an equally beautiful eye-shaped lake, the Naini lake. One of the main reasons for one to visit Nainital is the Naini lake.
It is believed that this Lake is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, based on the story of Goddess Sati.
Legends tell that out of grief and sorrow, Lord Shiva carried Sati’s body, reminiscing about their moments as a couple, and roamed around the universe with it. Vishnu had cut her body into 52 body parts, using his Sudarshana Chakra, which fell on Earth to become sacred sites where all the people can pay homage to the Goddess. The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple, known by locals as Naini Mata Temple.