Do you know the legend behind the Chintpurni Temple?
The Chintpurni Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeetha in India. Situated in Chintpurni village of Una district, Himachal Pradesh, the Chintpurni temple is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Parvathi’s form of Sati that immolated herself in the Yagna fire. After her body was severed into 51 parts that had fallen in different parts of India. Her head had fallen at this place hence it is one of the most important and revered of all the 51 Shaktipeetha. A round stone which is known as ‘Pindi’ is worshipped as an image of the goddess by the priests and pilgrims that visit here. Let’s find out the legend behind the Chintpurni temple.
The goddess of Chintpurni is also known as Chhinnamastika where Chinna stands for without and mastika means head, therefore making it a Goddess without the head. According to Markandeya Purana, a holy Hindu scripture say that the other manifestation of Goddess Parvathi, known as Chandi, had defeated the demons in a battle and her two emanations named Jaya and Vijaya were supposed to drink the blood of the demons but their thirst was not satiated and still asked for more to quench their thirst for blood. They approached the goddess and pleaded to her that how can anyone go hungry or thirsty under her kinship.
The goddess then sacrifices her own head by cutting her neck, to satiate the thirst of the two yoginis. The goddess is depicted holding her own head in one of her hands while the two of them stand on the sides and drink the blood that is oozing out. Hence this manifestation of Goddess Parvathi is also known as Chhinnamastika, is an epitome of self-sacrifice.
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It is also believed that Lord Shiva protects Devi’s temple from all the four sides that is why there is a Shiva temple on all the four sides at an approximately the same distance from the Chintpurni temple. In the East is Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, on the West lies Narahna Mahadev Temple, while on the north is situated Muchhkund Mahadev Temple, and on the South lies Shiv Bari Temple.
Hindu genealogy registers of pilgrims are maintained here by the pandas. The Hindu genealogy register is the record maintained at few places in India like Kurukshetra, Jwalaji temple, etc. with our ancestral details like name, the town we belong to, the purpose of visit, etc. and other details related to the marriages, etc.
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