Naina Devi temple and its surroundings had a tragedy recently. In the last
week of August, 1978 due to heavy rains for days together there were landslides and about
hundred acres of land below the Naina Devi temple caved in and villages below were very
badly affected. More than hundred houses were buried.
Geological experts made an investigation after
the landslides. The steps to the temple were buried and the temple could be reached only
through katcha-road. The small township around Naina Devi temple was cut off from water
supply as the electric motors pumping water upto the temple and the township were buried.
According to the geological investigation
there is no immediate danger to the temple. But steps have to be taken. It is understood
that a check-dam at the back of the temple would be built as a support. The villages
Bharai and Bhagaran down below were very badly affected along with the township.
It is said that there was not much of firm
rock underneath the Ghumanad area of Naina Devi temple and the loose earth started
slipping along this slope causing the landslide. Every step has been promised to be taken
by the authorities to save the 1300 year-old temple located at an altitude of 3,995 feet
above sea level at the top of a hillock.