Goddess Durga

Temple History

Maa Chintapurni Devi temple is an ancient Indian temple located in Chintpurni village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is also known as Chhinnamasta temple. The temple is situated on the border of two Indian states: Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Chintapurni temple is one among from the 51 Siddha Shakthi Peetha's and also one from the seven most important temples. Out of the 51 parts, the feet of Devi Sati fell at this place. Devotees from all over India and abroad visit the temple mainly in Navratras. It is believed that Chintapurni temple was established by Pt Mai Dass who was a Saraswat Bhrahmin. Even today, his descendants stay in Una and worship the Goddess in the temple.

This is the old Temple of Mata Bhagwati Chinnamasta Devi. According to one of the sacred books of Sanatam Dharm, Shri Markandeye Puran, after killing of all the Asuras and upon victory in the big war, Maa Bhagwati's 2 'sahyoginis', Jaya and Vijaya who had killed the various Asuras and drank their blood, were still thirst for more blood. So Maa cut her own head and quenched the thirst of her sahyoginis with her own blood. Since then, Maa Bhagwati's this roop was called as Maa Chinnamastika or Mata Chinnamasta (Chinna is without and Masta is Head).

As per old Granths, Puranas and other Dharmic Books, it is also mentioned that Maa Chhinnamastika's Dham or place or temple will be guarded by Lord Rudra Mahadev all from four sides. Hence this place has a perfect reasoning to be that Dham/ Temple. It has Mahadev's temple on all 4 sides as

East- Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
West- Narahna Mahadev Temple
North- Muchhkund Mahadev Temple
South- Shiv Bari Temple

Hence this temple was declared as Maa Chinnamastika Devi Dham or Mata Chinnamasta Temple.

Further, Pandit Bhai Mai Das was a famous devotee of Maa Chinnamasta and worshipped her till one day she gave him her Darshan. The place was though called Chhabroh, however since Maa came and relieved Pandait Mai Das from all his tensions, this place got more popular by the name Chintpurni. He build a temple at this place for the Maa Chintpurni. Till date, his descendants perform the worship of Shri Chintpurni. The present generation is the twenty-sixth generation of Bhai Mai Das.

During Navratras, the temple observes big fairs and festivity in which a large number of people from all across the world flock this place to take the blessings from the Goddess. The fair is held near the temple of Goddess Bhagwati Chhinmastaka where the mother Goddess appeared in stellar form during ancient times.
The fair is held three times a year in the month of March-April, July-August, and September-October. In March- April, the fair takes place during Navratras while in July-August it takes place during the first ten days of Shukla Paksha. The fair continues whole day but on the 8th day it is celebrated with great pomp.


Additional Information

Chintpurni Yatri Bhawan is maintaining by the temple trust for the devotees accommodation. Temple trust also provides free breakfast, lunch and dinner absolutely free of cost in its langar. Himachal Pradesh govt and tourism board are organizing hotels here for the devotees. Best hotels and lodges are available near the temple.

The famous Jawalamukhi Mandir which is also one from 51 Shakthi Peethas is just 32.4 kms from this temple. Taxis and buses are available between both places.

State-owned buses connect Chintpurni with all major cities of Himachal Pradesh and neighboring states. Regular bus services are available between Chintpurni and Dharamsala, Palampur, Pathankot and Jammu. The nearest bus stand is Bharwain which is 7 km away.

Chintapurni, Una and Hoshiarpur are the nearest cities to this temple. Chintpurni Bus Station is in walk able distance of 700 mts from the temple. Una bus stand is 55 kms and Bhagwan Valmiki Inter State Bus Terminal, Hoshiarpur, Punjab is 50 kms from the temple.

Amb Andaura, HP railway station is 22.8 kms.
Hoshiarpur railway station, Punjab is 49 kms and Una railway station is 55 kms from the temple.

Taxis and buses are available from the bus station and railway stations.

Kangra Airport, Gaggal, Dharmasala is the nearest airport in 67.9 kms from Chintpurni mandir.
  • Winter: 5:30 am to 9:30 pm, Summer: 4:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 01976 255818