Nainital, one of the beautiful hill stations in Uttaranchal lies on the foothills of the Himalayas. According to local belief the origin of Nainital harks back to mythological times. Sati, Lord Shiva’s consort, committed suicide at the yajna of Dakshan Prajapati. When Lord Shiva roamed the universe carrying her body, her eyes fell off near the lake, where the Naina Devi temple now stands. The waters of the lake are therefore considered sacred.