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Chintpurni Maa Temple


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Chintpurni in the Una District of Himachal Pradesh is famous for Mata Chintpurni Devi Temple. The Chintpurni Temple besides having the idols of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi and Mata Shri Chintpurni Devi also has the idol of Chhina Mastaka, the killer of the demon Nishumbha. This temple is revered by the Hindus in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and it is believed that the Goddess Chintpurni is the remover of all troubles. The devotees bring with them their worldly concerns and seek blessings from the Devi. It is said that if you ask something from the Devi with a true heart, your wish will be fulfilled. Devotees have been visiting this Shaktipeeth for hundreds of years to pray at the lotus feet of both the Devis. Though the temple is open all round the year, the best time to visit it is during the 10-day fair held every year in the month of August.

Nearby Places of Interest

Sheetla Devi temple - This temple is located in the village of Dharamsala Mahantan about 5 km west of Chintpurni. A winding, single lane road leads you there from Chintpurni.

Chamunda Devi Temple - Temple of Chamunda Devi is situated on the right bank of Baner river in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. The famous Temple is connected with Dharamshala - Palampur National Highway.

Jwalamukhi Devi temple - Goddess Jwalamukhi is the deity of the flaming mouth. The temple is built over natural jets of combustible gas, believed to be the manifestation of goddess. About 35 km northeast from Chintpurni.

Vajreshwari Devi temple - This temple, which is one of the most famous Shaktipeeths of North India, is located in in Kangra town. About 50 km north from Chintpurni.

Dharamshala and McLeodganj - About 68 km north of Chintpurni is located Dharamshala, the principal township of Kangra district. Its dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air and the nearby snowline make it an attractive place. The Dalai Lama (with his government-in-exile) lives in the upper part of town called McLeodganj.

Masroor temples - Located 15 km south of Kangra, this village is known for its monolithic rock temples. There are fifteen richly carved temples in Indo-Aryan style. Only known example of rock-cut temples in North India.

Naina Devi Temple - Temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is situated on a hill top in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh in India. About 115 km southeast from Chintpurni.

Baba Balak Nath Sidhpeeth - Deot Sidh - Located in Hamirpur district, this shrine to Baba Balak Nath is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. Guru Adi Nath, who started the Siddha tradition, is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.


Some Tips for Devotees

  • It is customary to cover your head with a handkerchief, shawl or cap while you are in the temple. Please dress in a conservative way. Adults are expected to wear ankle-length clothing.
  • Please leave your shoes and other leather items (e.g. wallet or belt) outside the temple. An attendant will look after them.
  • Smoking, chewing paan, gambling or playing cards is not allowed in the temple. Please refrain from entering the temple if you have eaten meat or have consumed alcohol or other intoxicating drinks.
  • It is extremely impolite to point you feet towards the deities while sitting or lying down in the temple.
  • Please behave in a courteous manner towards the other devotees. Do not shout or make unnecessary noise in the temple bhavan.
  • If you wish to make a donation, please put it in the hundi or daan-patra which is so marked. Please donot hand it over to any unauthorized person.
  • Please help Temple management to maintain a healthy and clean environment. Please put rubbish in the appropriate containers.

Getting there and Around

By Air - The nearest airport is at Chandigarh, which is 120 km away from Shimla that connects Una to all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh and India. From the airport, tourists can hire private taxi to reach Una city. Generally rates are fixed by the taxi union of the local region but still one can go for bargaining.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is at Una, Tourists can hire private taxi or ride shared autos that frequently run between station and Una city.

By Road - Una is well connected by road to major cities of Himachal Pradesh and India. State transport runs their deluxe as well as semi-deluxe buses from Shimla, Chandigarh and Pathankot to Una covering the distance of 240 km via Una - Chandigarh - Shimla. From the capital city of India, Delhi, Una is 375 km away.

Accommodation

The Navaratra fairs in Shravan (August), Kartik (October) and Chaitra (March-April) are very popular with devotees when accommodation is very tight. Other popular days are Sankranti, Purnima and Ashtami.

There are a number of dharamshalas, guest houses and hotels of varying quality in and around Chintpurni. Himachal Tourism runs a Yatri Niwas at Bharwain which is only 3 km from the Chintpurni temple. It has a magnificent view of the Swan valley to the south. At night to the west you can see the bright lights of the Temple and its bazaar. Looking towards the north-east are the shimmering waters of the Govind Sagar.






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