Chintpurni Devi Temple
Chintpurni Devi Temple stands among the 7 major and 51 total Shakti Peethas in India. This temple is sited at Una district which is in Himachal Pradesh. It is worshipped and visited in the honour of Chinnamasta Devi or Chinnamastika Devi. It is a belief that the demand of devotee is fulfilled if it is originated from true heart. It is a place where Goddess Sati had put her feet when Lord Shiva had danced in rage. This temple is characterized by beautiful surroundings which attracts the tourist to a great extent. Chintpurni Devi is considered as a goddess who does not have any head. Chintpurni Devi roots out all sorts of worries and pain. Mata does not make anyone unhappy at her place. Nobody use to return empty handed from this shrine.
One can reach Chintpurni Devi Temple by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is a good bus network which connects Himachal Pradesh to many other cities. The closest railway stations are Una Himachal (station code UHL), Hoshiarpur (station code HSX) and Amb Andaura (station code AADR). The closest airport is at Gaggal. After reaching Himachal Pradesh one can reach the shrine by hiring bus or taxi.
Security And Some Tips
There is a good arrangement of security at the temple. There is a security check before entering the temple premises. CCTV cameras are installed within the shrine to visualize each and every activity of the devotee. Yatri should place their luggage at safe and secure place. They should not carry cash and ornaments with them.
When To Visit
The best time to visit the temple is during the month of August. It can be visited all the days of the week. The timings of the temple are 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The duration of visiting this temple is 1 to 2 hours.
What To See And Do
The base material of the temple which has erected the temple is rocks. It consists of dome roof. The temple’ entrance is faced towards north. The front of the entrance is occupied by an old banyan tree. The other side of shrine’s entrance is occupied by deities of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesh. After passing through entrance a big brass bells is hung at the certain height. The presiding idol is in the form of stone which is positioned in the palanquin which is made up of white marble. The puja ceremony is performed by the priest of the temple. The west of the temple’s roof is occupied by the images of Hanuman and Bhairon. The south-west of the shrine entails additional rooms and verandahs which solves the purpose of devotees and preists during the celebration. There exists another banyan tree within the temple’s premises where the ceremony of mundane for children takes place. Kheer, sweets, halwa, coconut, patasha, dhwaja, chunni, flowers and ghee are offered to goddess and taken as prasad.
Where To Stay
There are 3 guest houses in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. These guest houses are: Jagatram Niwas Guest House, Silver Moon House and Hotel Mount View which people can have their stay and they can also put their luggage here with full safety.
Where Else To Stay
There are many hotels at Una in Himachal Pradesh which provide luxury. These hotels are: Hotel Suvidha Palace, Hotel New York Plaza, Hotel Natraj Palace, Hotel Savera, Hotel New York Plaza, Hotel Green Palace and Maya Deluxe Hotel.
The main festival of Chintpurni Devi Temple is Sharvan Mas Navratri Festival which is celebrated during the month of July-August. A large number of devotees flocked towards the shrine during this festival.
There are many interesting places to visit around Chintpurni Devi Temple. These places are: Thaneek Pura, Dharmsal Mahantan, Chamunda Devi Temple, Sheetla Devi temple, Baba Balak Nath Sidhpeeth and Sujanpur-Tira and Nadaun etc.
Yatris should take video camera with them in order to trap each and every activity of the whole trip. They should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole trip along with the feelings and emotions at that period of time. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the shrine including its history. They should also take first aid for curing frequent injury.
Thus, all the pains and sufferings of the devotees come to an end at the Chintpurni Devi Temple.