The temple was built after the village prayed to Durga seeking her protection from the tigers and leopards that inhabited the Kumaon hills; the Goddess then appeared in a shepherd's dream and suggested he dig up an idol from a specified patch of ground and build a temple over that spot. What makes the temple fascinating, however, are the sheer numbers of bells in, around and over it. The bells are testimony to the "divine and healing powers of Maa Jhula Devi", which means your wishes can come true if you tie a bell at the temple. Jhula Devi is a very sacred spot in Ranikhet and people come from far off places to worship Ma Durga. The beauty of Temple lies in thousands of bells which you would see hanging from everywhere.