While visiting the religious places related to Uttar Pradesh tourism, you cannot afford to miss Lalita Devi Temple. Dedicated to Lalita Devi - the presiding deity of Naimisharanya, it is counted amongst the Shakti Peethas, thus making it a highly revered Hindu shrine in Uttar Pradesh. The architecture of this temple draws a lot of admiration from devotees. It is beautifully built with a balanced cantilever. Besides, the entrance of this renowned pilgrimage site in Naimisharanya is flanked by elephant statues on both sides.
The temple of Lalita Devi is associated with legends. According to one of them, Goddess Sati, after performing the Daksha Yajna, jumped into the fire by assuming the Yogi Agni posture. As a result of this, Lord Shiva started doing the famous Tandav dance (the dance of destruction) while carrying the body of Sati on his shoulder. In order to stop Shiva, Lord Brahma severed her body into 51 pieces. It is said that the heart of Goddess Sati fell here and it came to be revered as one of the Shakti Peethas.
The second legend says that once sages approached Lord Brahma for help as they were troubled by Asuras (demons). To eliminate the problem, Lord Brahma created a Chakra (a holy wheel) with sun rays and asked the sages to follow it until it landed. The wheel landed at Naimisharanya, and in that way, sages found a peaceful land to live. The place where the Chakra landed was developed into a large source of water. However, the water flow of that place was too high. Seeing that, sages again approached Lord Brahma, who, this time, asked them to visit Goddess Lalita Devi. She re-established the chakra and controlled the water flow. It is also said that Goddess Lalita also appeared in Devasur Sangram for the destruction of Asuras on the orders of Lord Brahma.
MDR 74C, Misrikh-cum-Neemsar, Uttar Pradesh 261402, India.
Opening & Closing Timings
The temple of Lalita Devi in Naimisharanya remains open all days a week. Tourists can plan a visit to this sacred site on any day from morning to evening.
Best Time to Visit
Like all the attractions in Uttar Pradesh, Naimisharanya (the place where Lalita Devi Temple is located) is best visited during the winter season, which starts from October and lasts till February and is marked by cool weather. However, the summer and monsoon seasons are also ideal to visit it.