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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).