Chintpurni is a prominent pilgrimage center in Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Una district and has a temple dedicated to Chinnamastika Devi. Chintpurni Temple is one of the major shaktipeeths (holy places where pieces of the body of Sati fell) in Himachal Pradesh. According to Hindu mythology, the feet of Sati fell at this site when Lord Shiva danced in anger (Tandav). Devotees from India and across the world have been visiting this shrine for centuries now. Apart from the shrine, the beautiful surroundings also attract tourists.
This ancient temple of Himachal Pradesh is situated at an elevation of 940 meters in the Una district. It remains open to pilgrims from 4 am to 11 pm on all days. The garbha griha or the shrine has the image of the deity in the form of a round stone. Devotees offer the goddess sweets, puffed rice with sugar coatings, fruits and red chunni (veil). There are shops surrounding the shrine selling these offerings.
History of Chintpurni Temple
Mai Das, an ardent worshiper of goddess Durga established this holy shrine. His descendants are still part of the Chhaproh village and many of them are the official priests at this temple. Over the years, this village came to be known as Chintpurni.
How to reach Chintpurni Temple
Chintpurni Temple is around 3 km west of the Hoshiarpur-Dharmashala road. The nearest railhead is also at Hoshiarpur, around 42 km from the temple and 55 km from the Una district. There are also frequent bus services from Hoshiarpur and other areas of Una to Chintpurni. Gaggal, in Kangra, is the nearest airport and tourists need to hire a taxi to reach Chintpurni village, 60 km away.
Festival at Chintpurni Temple
There are many festivals celebrated at the temple premises. The main fair bringing crowd of tourists is held for 10 days in the month of August on the auspicious 'shuklapaksh'.
Places around Chintpurni
There are many other places near Chintpurni worth visiting:
Thaneek Pura - This is a scenic place located around 3 km from the Chintpurni Temple. There are a number of other temples of tourist interest here. There is also an ancient well among the top attractions of the place.
Dharamsal Mahantan - Situated around 5 km from Chintpurni, this is a spiritual site. Two annual fairs, Sair and Bsoaa are held here.