Chintpurni Temple in Himachal Pradesh
The temple dedicated to Mata Chintpurni Devi is located in a village of the same name in District Una, Himachal Pradesh.
Devotees have been visiting this Shaktipeeth for centuries to pray at the lotus feet of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi and Mata Shri Chintpurni Devi.
They bring with them their worldly concerns and seek blessings from the Devi.
It is believed that if you ask something from the Devi with a true heart, your wish will be granted.
Pandit Mai Das, a Saraswat Brahman, is generally believed to have established this shrine of Mata Chintpurni Devi in Chhaproh village twenty-six generations ago. Over time this place became known as Chintpurni after the eponymous deity. His descendants still live in Chintpurni and perform prayers and puja at the Chintpurni temple.
The main fair at the temple is held during Navratras (April and October) and during the 10 days of “Shukalpaksh” in August, in addition to many other religious festivals. In recent years the temple has been renovated with the help of major donations from devotees all over the country.
The usual offering, by a devotee, consists of seven pieces of betelnut (supari), a piece of coconut (nariyal), a red flag (dhawaja), all bound together with home-spun multi-colored cotton-yarn (mauli). On the 8th day of the fair, the offerings of ‘Karah’ (halwa) and ‘chattar’ with 84 tiny bells hanging on its fringes, representing 84 lacs births in different forms of the devotee form which he or she seeks salvation from the Goddess.
How to reach Chintpurni Temple
Chintpurni is about 3 km west of Bharwain which is located on the Hoshiarpur – Dharamshala road. This road is part of the State Highway network. The site is approached from Una, Hoshiarpur and Kangra which are situated at a distance of 56, 48 and 64 kms away respectively.
In winter, the climate is cold when woollens are required. It is hot in summer and cottons recommended. In general, temperatures in Chintpurni are about 5 Celsius lower than in the plains of Punjab and Haryana.
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