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Chintpurni Temple – Where the Goddess Has No Head!

By Siji Ram

Chintpurni Temple is one of the major pilgrimage sites located in Himachal Pradesh. Being one of the 7 major shakti peethas in India, the shrine is also known as Chinnamastika shakti peeth. Let us get to know more about this unique temple.

Legends Associated to Chintpurni Temple

According to the Hindu mythology, it is said that, when Shiva started performing Tandava out of rage on his beloved wife Sati's death, Lord Vishnu had to use his Sudarshana Chakra to scatter the body of Sati into pieces, so as to calm Shiva. When her body was scattered, her head fell on the place where this temple stands. It is also believed that the temple was built here after a part of the Goddess' feet fell, where the temple was built.


PC: Gopal Aggarwal

There is another interesting story attached to the temple. Though Goddess Sati had defeated a demon during a fierce battle, her two companions Jaya and Vijaya were still thirsty for blood. The Goddess is said to have severed her head to quench the thirst of Jaya and Vijaya.

About the Temple

Located in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, the shrine of Mata Chintpuirni is believed to be powerful and it is also said that all the wishes of an ardent devotee will be fulfilled here. The Goddess is said to not leave any devotee empty handed, thus considered one among the most powerful Shakti Peethas in India.


PC: Hemant banswal

Offerings at the Temple

Devotees bring several offerings like sweets, kheer, coconut, patasha. Dhwaja (red coloured flag), flowers and Ghee to the Goddess whose image is installed in this temple in the form of a stone.

Location of the Temple

Since the temple is located on one of the highest peaks of the Sola Singhi range of hills, the temperature here is generally low, making the weather cool and pleasant throughout the year. However, the weather is the best during summers and the beginning of winters.


PC: Gopal Aggarwal

Hotels neat the Temple

There are several guest houses, Dharamsalas and hotels in and around the region. Hotel Chintpurni Heights, run by Himachal Tourism is one of the options, apart from the ones nearby.

Travel to this amazing land that is known for its hypnotic beauty and visit the temple which is one of the 51 Shakti peethas!

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