About the Temple
Nerasa Devi temple is nestled in Naras village, which is located between Gherwin and Samoh in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. This temple is located on the hilltop at Baroha. Naras Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is also known as Naras Mata. Many legends are attached to the temple and its formation.
Temple History and Temple Legend
According to a legend, Raja Kalyan Chand who ruled during 1600 to 1636, declared Sunhani as the capital of his kingdom. He constructed Narasa Devi temple. He had employed a person to bring Charnamrit of Narasa Mata. It is believed that this temple is about 350–400 years old. According to another belief, at the place of the Nerasa Devi temple, earlier there was a huge tree of Summann. Once, a kind of light appeared in the tree and later Devi’s Pindi was found below the tree. Goddess appeared in the dream of the local priest and she ordered him to construct a temple where the Pindi was found so that devotees can worship her. This Pindi can be seen in the temple.
Another legend states that once Raja Kalyan Chand got angry with the Priest. The King wanted to see Goddess in her physical form. Fearful Priest prayed in the temple and requested Goddess to save him from the King. Next day when Raja Kalyan Chand went to the temple, he saw the physical form of Goddess Durga. She was angry with the king and hence was not willing to give him a darshan. Goddess was standing with her back towards Raja Kalyan Chand. It is said that due to Goddess Durga’s fury, a war erupted between Kehloor and Saket in which the king of Kehlor died. Since then, Chandel Rajpoot has never visited Mata’s temple.
According to Markandeya Purana King Surath did penance of Naresa Devi and she gave him Darshan.
Festivals and Celebrations
A grand fair is held on the day of Sair. Thousands of devotees come to Nerasa Devi temple to seek her blessings.
How To Reach
By Air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport from Bilaspur situated at a distance of approximately 131 km.
By Rail: The nearest railway head at Kiratpur Sahib and Shimla.
By Road: A good road network connects Bilaspur with all the major towns of Himachal Pradesh. It is easily approachable by road from the various cities with the help of taxis as well as buses.