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Chintpurni Temple, Una


Chintpurni Temple is an important religious centre located at an elevation of 940 m above sea level in Una. This temple is regarded as one of the most important Shakti Peethas, places of worship sanctified to the Hindu Goddess Shakti. Devoted to the Hindu deity Chintpurni Devi, this temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from Bharwain.The temple was founded by a Saraswat Brahman called Pandit Mai Das. The prime attraction of the temple is the garbha griha, the innermost sanctum of a Hindu temple, having a statue of the goddess. This stone temple has the main entrance facing to the north, and at the entrance there are the idols of Hindu deities namely, Ganesh and Hanuman.

The deity is in the form of a stone idol, which is also known as pindi. This idol is placed in a palanquin made of white marble. The western part of the temple roof is adorned with stone images of Hindu gods such as Bhairon and Hanuman. In the premises of the temple is a banayan tree, where the first hair cutting ceremony known as ‘mundana’ of children is performed.

Chintpurni Fair, also known as ‘Mata Da Mela’ is organised thrice in the Chintpurni Village every year. This fair is celebrated in the Hindu months of Chet (March-April), Sawan (July-August) and Asanj (September-October). This fair is organised near the temple devoted to the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati Chhinmastaka. According to belief, the Goddess appeared in astral form in the ancient era. The fair lasts for nine days during the Hindu festival of Navratras and for ten days in Sawan.

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