Lotus Feet Temple of Chintpurni Devi Una Himachal Pradesh
From Ancient Times Himachal Pradesh
has always been favourite abode of all deities and many Shakthi Peethas. It is also known as 'Dev Bhoomi', as residing place of Deities
, 'Tapoo Bhoomi' of Rishis and Saints
, surrounded by beautiful valley of mountains
. It being a mountaneous state attracts tourists from all over the world. This state owns a large amount of Indian Heritage in terms of ancient temples dedicated to famous Gods-Goddesses with respect to their miracles and significance as said in Puranas. Among the 51 Shakthi Peethas of the Goddess Parvathi this state is having 3 important shakthi peethas in its accord.
They are: 1)Vajreshwari Devi
in Kangra- Sati's Breast Fell Here, 2)Naina Devi
on Manidweep mountain of Bilaspur- Sati's Two Eyes Fell Here and 3)Jwala Devi
in Kangra-Sati's Tongue Fell Here.
Different Shakti Peethas of Goddess Sati
The Chintpurni Temple
, is an Ancient Hindu Temple, situated at an elevation of 940 mts on one of the highest peaks of the Sola Singhi range of hills
, located at a distance of 35 km from Jwalamukhi
and 178km from Chandigarh, dedicated to Goddess Parvathi in Una district
of Himachal Pradesh
, India. It is believed that Mata Parvathi's feet fell at Chintpurni.
or Chinnamastika temple is one of the 7 noteworthy and 51 Shakti Peethas
of Goddess Parvathi. This temple is mostly worshipped and visited by Hindus
and Himachal Pradesh with a belief that the Goddess Chintapurni is the remover of all inconveniences in one's life.
Chintapurni Mata Temple Under Vat Tree
The Chintpurni Temple
, located at a distance of 35 km from Jawalamukhi
, is a famous temple devoted to Goddess Parvathi. It being a Shakthi shrine, the Goddess is worshipped in the form of a stone lingam
. It is said that Parvathi's feet fell at Chintpurni
. A lot of devotees come here to pray for boons. The temple is built around the Devi's pind.
The last path of Chandigarh-Una highway around 20km is hilly otherwise the journey is excellent. There is parking facility available around 1-1.5km from the temple, one has to climb the rest of the steep. There are many shops, hotels and eateries situated on both sides of the road.
Inner View Of The Sanctum Santorium Chintpurni
Origin of Chintpurni Temple:
of Daksha yagna
and Sati's self immolation is the mythology behind the origin of these Shakti Peethas
. Here the Chinnamastika Devi is a divine embodiment of self-sacrifice and there by is considered as a Shakti Peetha.
According to Hindu Mythology
, when Lord Shiva
was wandering with Sati Devi
self immolated body and doing Tandava
Nritya (a form of Lord Shiva's Dance), Lord Vishnu cut the Sati's body into fifty one pieces with his chakra to stop the rage of ruler Shiva. Thus where ever the Sati's body part fell there originated these Shakthi Peethas. All these 51 Shakti Peeths are associated with 51 alphabets in Sanskrit.
That's why it is believed that the feet of Sati fell at Chintpurni and a temple was constructed at the same spot.
Lord Shiva With Goddess Sati
According to Markandeya Purana
, when Goddess Chandi defeated the demons after a fierce battle, her two yogini emanations
(Jaya and Vijaya) were still thirsty for more blood.
At that time, to assuage the blood thirst of her companions, Goddess Chandi cuts off her own head .
Hence the name, Chinmastika Devi-'The Goddess without a head'
, is having "Great Cosmic Power"
, which helps the sincere and devoted yogi to dissolve his or her mind, including all the preconceived ideas, attachments and habits into the Pure Divine Consciousness.
Mata Chintapurni Devi with Her Two Companions
History of this Temple:
Another legend says, Pandit Mai Das, a Saraswat Brahman who was an ardent devotee of Goddess is generally believed to have been 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 and marriage records were also used to be kept at this holy place. His descendants still live in Chintpurni and perform prayers and puja at the Chintpurni temple.
Steps Leading to Chintpurni Devi Temple
Pilgrims On The Way To The Temple
The Holy Shrine of Chintpurni Temple
Significance of this Temple:
The image of Deity in the temple's garbha griha is installed in the form of a pindi (a round stone). The devotees line up to have the darshan of devi to worship and make their offerings. It is said that the one who worships Goddess Chinmasta Devi's Lotus Feet with full devotion and genuine heart, their desires will be fulfilled and satisfied immediately.
Deity in Chintpurni Temple
In Chintpurni Mata, "Chinta" Means "worry", stress goes out as a moderate toxin. As this Mata spares her devotees from this stress, giving tonic of life, satisfies their wishes and henceforth known as "Chintapurni Mata". The goddess is also the home of Chhinnamastila.
Chintapurni Devi Temple at Himachal Pradesh
Celebrations at this Temple:
The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims at the time of Navratra Fairs
(April and October) in Chaitra
Masam to worship the deity and get their wishes fulfilled. The main fair at the temple is held for 10 days during Navaratri's 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. Purnima, Sankranti and Ashtami
are the other popular days when the temple is most visited by devotees.
Offerings in the Temple:
The usual offering, by a devotee, consists of seven pieces of betelnut (supari), Sweets (e.g. suji halwa, laddoo, barfi), patasha, kheer (sugar-coated puffed rice), one coconut (or other fruits), chunni, dhwaja (red-coloured flag), flowers and ghee, 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.
Pilgrims Praying and Offering At Chintpurni Temple
The temple is open from 4 AM-11 PM.
Nearby Attractions to Chintpurni Temple:
Sheetla Devi Temple: This temple is located near Dharamsala Mahantan about 5 km west of Chintpurni. There is a single lane road, a winding, which leads one to Chintpurni.
Chamunda Devi Temple: This temple is situated on the right bank of Baner River in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh and is well connected with Dharamshala – Palampur National Highway.
Jwalamukhi Devi Temple: This temple is situated about 35 km northeast from Chintpurni. The Goddess Jwalamukhi temple is built over natural jets of combustible gas, believed to be the manifestation of goddess where the deity is of the flaming mouth.
How to Reach: For the ease of Pilgrims who travel from Delhi should reach the capital of Haryana and Punjab - Chandigarh City to take a journey to Himachal pradesh.
By Road: The nearest bus stand is Bharwain around 7 km which has AC Deluxe buses to Chandigarh, New Delhi, Dharamsala or Baijnath. It takes one 3-4 hrs by road from Chandigarh to Una which is around 110kms. Chandigarh is having major Inter State Bus Station with plenty of buses which connect Chintpurni with all major cities of Himachal Pradesh and neighboring states to reach this temple. Regular bus services are available between Chintpurni and Dharamsala, Palampur, Pathankot and Jammu.
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Una around 55km away from Chintpurni. There are plenty of Taxis and buses available at this station.
By Air: The nearest airport is Gaggal airport in Kangra, 65 km from the town. The Chandigarh Airport, is about 175 km from Chintpurni, which offers better connectivity to Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore and Kolkata. One can hire Taxis from airport to reach Chintpurni temple.
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