General view looking down on Naini Tal Lake from the northern hills
Photographer: Lawrie and Company, G.W.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Nainital from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of 'Naini Tal' taken by Lawrie & Company in 1895 .This is a view from the mountains looking down at the Nainital Lake, which forms the focal point of the hill-station. According to legend Nainital takes its name from the Hindi word for eye as it is said to be the spot at which Sati's (Parvati) eye fell to earth and is one of the 64 Peethas, or sacred pilgrimage sites in India, dedicated to that goddess, who is worshipped at the Naina Devi Temple, situated at the northern end of the lake. The town was founded in 1841 and became the summer headquarters of the colonial administration of the province. It was a popular retreat for the residents of the plains. Being popular with the British, the town developed a British character with several European schools, barracks and a sanatorium.