Maa Chintpurni Temple History – Story – Himachal Pradesh

Maa Chintpurni temple is located in Una district, around 60
kms from Kangra town and around 32 kms from Jwalamukhi temple, in Himachal
Pradesh. Here is a look at the history and story of Maa Chintpurni temple. A
narrow lane selling puja paraphernalia leads to the Chintpurni Mata temple also
known as Chinnamastika Dham or Chintpurni Devi.

Chintpurni Mata temple is an important Shaktipeeth, it is
believed that the feet of Goddess Sati fell at Chintpurni.

Maa Chintpurni is worshipped here in her pindi form.

The pindi, as per legend, was discovered by Bhakta Mai Das
an ardent devotee of Goddess Durga. Once while traveling to his in-laws, Mai
Das sat to rest under a banyan tree, and fell asleep. A beautiful young girl
appeared in his dream and bid him to stay at the spot and worship her. One his
way back, Mai Das sat under the same tree and began to meditate. Now Goddess
Durga appeared in front of him astride a lion.

She revealed to Mai Das that he would find a pindi under the
tree, which he must worship daily. Bhakta Mai Das constructed a small hut at
the spot and began worship of the pindi. A few years later, devotees built a small
temple which was gradually enlarged.

The present temple structure dates probably to the 15th or
16th century CE and consists of the main temple, which is a square sanctum
topped by an ornate golden dome placed in a lotus design and crowned by a
kalasha. The temple is enclosed on all four sides by marble jalis. Behind the temple
is a Banyan tree on which devotees tie threads for desire fulfillment. And many
people get their wishes fulfilled.

Today, 26 generations later, the descendants of Mai Das
continue to worship Maa Chintpurni.

Situated at the altitude of 940 meters, the temple rests on
one of the highest peaks of the Sola Singhi range of hills. 

The usual offering, by a devotee, consists of seven pieces
of betel nut (supari), a piece of coconut (nariyal), a red flag (dhawaja), all
bound together with home-spun multi-colored cotton-yarn (mauli).

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