One of the major pilgrimages in India, Chintpurni Temple is also one of the Shakti Peethas. The Chintpurni Shakti Peeth or Chinnamastika Shakti Peeth is in the Una district of Himachal Pradesh. It has the western Himalayas in the north and the smaller Shivalik range in the East.
History of Chintpurni Temple
Legend says that when Lord Vishnu severed Sati’s body into 51 pieces they scattered all over. He did this to stop Shiva’s Tandava. So all of the pieces together formed the 51 Shakti Peethas. According to Puranic traditions, Shiva – Rudra Mahadev will protect Chhinnamastika Devi in the four directions. Also, there are four Shiva temples – Kaleshwar Mahadev in the east, Narayhana Mahadev in the west, Muchkund Mahadev in the north and Shiva Bari in the south – which are nearly equidistant from Chintpurni. This also confirms Chintpurni as the abode of Chinnamastika Devi.
People also believe that Pandit Mai Das, a Kalia Saraswat Brahmanestablished this shrine to Mata Chintpurni Devi in Chhaproh village twenty-six generations ago. Over time this village became popular as Chintpurni after the eponymous deity.
Significance of Chintpurni Temple
Chintpurni Devi is the Goddess who takes away all the worries of her devotees.
Devotees also believe that nobody goes empty handed from the shrine of Goddess Chintpurni / Chhinnamastika.
The simple structure of the temple contains the main shrine, where the image of Mata Chintpurni is placed in the form a pindi (a round stone).
There are 51 Shakti Peeth associated with the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. It is believed that Sati Devi’s feet fell here.
Darshan Timings at Chintpurni Temple
During winter it remains open from 5:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.
During Summer it remains open from 4:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m.
Morning arti takes place at 6:00 a.m.
And the evening arti takes place at 8:00 p.m.
Festivals at Chintpurni Temple
Navaratri is a grand festival in the temple. People from all over India and abroad come here during this to seek the blessings of Devi Ma. The festival takes place during in Aashadh (July), Ashwin (October) and Chaitra (March–April).
How to reach Chintpurni Temple
By Air: the nearest airport is at Gaggal in Dharmshala, which is in Kangra district. Its distance from Chintpurni is about 60 km. Regular flights are available .
By Road: Frequent State Transport bus services are available from important cities of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Delhi and others.
By Rail: The nearest railway stations is Amb Andaura, which is about 20 km from the Chintpurni temple.
Hotels near Chintpurni Temple
Hotel Amber Residency opposite KDM Hospital, Hoshiarpur is a great place to stay. The ambience is suitable for all and has been praised by many visitors.
Hotel Presidency at Model town road, Hoshiarpur is another great place to check in. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with all modern facilities.
Places to visit near Chintpurni Temple
Naina Devi Temple – The temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is on a hill top in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh in India, about 115 km south of Chintpurni.
Mandi is also famous as the Varanasi of the east and is on the banks of the Beas River. Situated some 70 km from Kullu, Mandi was gets its name from Sage Mandav who meditated here.
Thaneek Pura is at a distance of only 3 Kms from Chintpurni. It is well-known for its temples; Guga Zahar Peer Temple, Mahiya Sidh Temple and Radha-Krishna Temple are some of the temples in the area. Thaneek Pura is also famous for a fair on the day of Krishna Janamashtmi along with Guga Navami festival.