Chintpurni is a highly venerated shrine and is located on the Dharamshala – Hoshiarpur road over the Shiwalik hills. Revered as a Shaktipeeth, Sati’s feet are regarded to have fallen at this spot. It is here that the devout come to leave their worries and pray for boons. As a mark of their devotion, many people start prostrating themselves several kilometres short of the temple and labour ardently for days to reach the shrine. The original Pindi, stone embodiment of the Devi still exists within the shrine and her image depicts her without a head – for it is said that she cut it off to assuage the blood-thirst of her companions. And hence her name – Chinmastika Devi – ‘The Goddess without a Head’. The legend goes that the temple came into being after the Goddess revealed herself to Mayidass, a devotee. The sanctum is still firmly bound to its origins by the gnarled trunks of the ancient banyan tree where the Devi first revealed herself. A large fair is held at the shrine during the 10 days of the ‘Shuklapaksha’’ in August every year.
Height: 975 m
Climate: Summers are warm and light clothing is recommended, but winter get cold and woollens are required.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Chintpurni
Rail: Nearest railhead at Hoshiarpur is 43 kms away.
Air: Nearest airport at Gaggal near Kangra is 81 kms away.
Tourist Attractions in Chintpurni
Pragpur and Garli (28 kms): These heritage villages have some remarkable examples of indigenous and other architectures. The by-lanes are packed with intricate details and considerable charm.
Maharana Pratap Sagar (35 kms): This is in the director of Sansarpur Terrace. With the backdrop of the Dhauladhar mountains, this water body came into being when the Pong Dam was built over the river Beas. It has an area of about 45,000 hectares at maximum flooding. As a wildlife sanctuary and this water body acts as a stopover for a range of migratory birds – especially from Siberia. 220 species belonging to 54 families have been sighted. The waters hold twenty-seven species and sub-species of fishes. The land portion of the sanctuary that adjoins the waters holds deer, ‘sambar’, wild boars, ‘nilgai’ and leopards. The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports has a branch at the Sagar and offers water sports and conducts courses too. A boat trip to Ransar island can be a delightful experience.
Dada Siba (40 kms): By the waters of Maharana Pratap Sagar, this small village has a rare art jewel in the Radha Krishna Temple that is adorned with exquisite wall paintings. Located above the village, the remains of the old palace can be visited.
Chanor: En route to Dada Siba from the direction of Pragpur, this temple is held in considerable veneration.
Shiv Bari (22 kms): Located near the village Gagret, close to Himachal’s border with the Punjab in the direction of Hoshiarpur, this is believed to have been the site where Guru Dronacharya of the Mahabharata taught archery. Located by the Swan rivulet, this is treated as a place of sanctity.
Shitla Mata Temple (6 kms): This is venerated by the local people who believe the goddess has healing powers.
Jwalaji (30 kms): One of Hinduism’s most sacred shrines and an important centre of pilgrimage, the temple of Jwalamukhi (Jwalaji) is one of the 51 ‘Shaktipeeths’. This is located along the Shimla-Kangra highway in the Shiwalik hills. Read More>>>