Nagarkoti Devi is supposed to have miraculous power of curing
diseases both of men and cattle. There are temples to this deity at village Bajor and at
Shaya (tahsil Pachhad). Nagarkoti Devi has her home at 9haya, Pajhota, and Sharauli, and
the legend states that the Pandwas, on their way from Kailas to Kurukshetra, stopped at
Shaya, and built a temple here for the goddess, or, as some say, brought the goddess here.
Another legend is that this deity was
brought from Nepal by the brahmins of village Paul in the neighborhood of Shaya. The
brahmins of Paul village had their landed estates in Shaya also but they had to abandon
them in favor of the Devi. A priest was then appointed and allowed to live in Shaya for
Subsequently, the descendants of the priest
multiplied to fill a whole hamlet. Now only ten bighas of revenue-free land are attached
to the temple, and are cultivated by the priest. The yield is utilized to meet the
expenses of the temple. A "Havan" (-sacrificial fire) is performed here during
the Navratras (the first nine days of the bright half) of Chet and Asauj. According to
age-old superstition, people are afraid of entering the inner chamber of the temple,
because those who enter into it would not, it is supposed, survive.