Das (????? ??? ???), a
Kalia Saraswat Brahman, is
generally believed to have established this shrine to
Mata Chintpurni Devi in Chhaproh (?????)
village twelve generations ago. Over time this village
became known as Chintpurni after the eponymous deity.
His descendants still live in Chintpurni and perform
archana and puja at the Chintpurni temple.
to the Kalia family lore, Bhakta Mai Das's father lived
in Athoor village in the princely state of Patiala. He
was an ardent devotee of Goddess Durga. He had three
sons called Devi Das, Durga Das and Mai Das. The
youngest one was Mai Das. For various reasons, the
family moved to village Rapoh Muchalian, near Amb (now
in District Una, Himachal Pradesh). Just like his
father, Mai Das was an intense devotee of goddess Durga
and spent much of his time in Durga puja, bhajan and
kirtan. His brothers were not too happy with him as Mai
Das did not spend much time on affairs of this world.
However his father made sure that his worldly needs were
Mai Das had
got married when his father was still alive. After the
father died, the brothers refused to provide any
financial support to him. They told him to look after
himself and his immediate family. Mai Das had to face
many difficulties after he separated from his brothers.
However his faith and devotion to Mother Durga remained
steadfast as he sincerely believed that Durgaji removes
all difficulties for her devotees.
Mai Das was travelling to the village of his in-laws.
After a long and tiring walk, he sat down to rest under
a Vat tree (banyan tree, Ficus Bengalensis) in a densely
forested area. He dozed off and started dreaming. A
luminous and beautiful young girl appeared in his dream and said to
him, " Mai Das, stay in this place and serve me. That
will be best for you." Mai Das woke up with a start and
looked around. He could not see any other person nearby
and felt quite confused.
Das continued on to his in-laws' house. He was still
thinking about his dream. Was that really the Devi? If
so, how would he carry out the Devi's command? He
arrived at the in-laws' house but did not stay there for
long as his mind was quite unsettled.
On his way
back, he sat down under the same Vat tree and began to
concentrate his thoughts on Durga Mata. He prayed, "O
Mother, I have but a small mind and cannot comprehend
your powers. If you consider me a true devotee, please
manifest yourself and allay my doubts". Upon hearing Mai
Das's prayer, Durga Mata manifested herself in her
luminous Chaturbhuj form sitting astride a lion. Mai Das
fell to the Devi's feet and prayed, "O Bhagavati, do
command me. How may I serve you that my life be best
spent at your lotus feet?"
said, "I have been living at this very place for many,
many years but in the Kali Yug people had neglected this
spot. I will now appear under this tree in the form of a
pindi (a round stone). Ensure that puja is performed
here every day regularly."
Mai Das was
still somewhat reluctant to live there as panthers and
other wild animals abounded in the dense forest. Also as
that spot was on a hill-top, there was no known source
of water nearby. Durga Mata pointed to a place on the
northern slope of the hill and told him to dig out a
stone under which he would find a spring of fresh water.
She gave him
a mantra - Namaskar mantra :
"om eM kleeM hreeM
shri bhayanaashini hooN hooN phaT swaha"
so that he
would have no fear. She also gave him the Mool Mantra
"om eM hreeM kleeM
She said, "In
the past I have been known as Chhinnamastika. From now
on people will also call me Chintapurni as I have
removed all your doubts and worries. My devotees will
arrange to have a temple built here. Whatever offerings
are made should be sufficient for you and your
descendants. " The Goddess gave him a few
other instructions and disappeared.
Das went to the spot to which Devi had pointed and
looked for water. His joy knew no bounds when he removed
the stone and a stream of crystal clear and sweet water
gushed forth. A water tank was built there subsequently. Bhakta Mai Das
built a small hut for himself near the water tank and
began regular worship of the Devi's pindi at the
hill-top. After a few years devotees built a small
temple which has gradually been expanded.
Das's samadhi is located a short distance away on
the eastern side of the water tank.
Samadhi of Pandit Mai Das
Twelve generations later, his
descendants continue to offer worship to Shri Chintpurni
Devi. The forest cover has diminished considerably and
the sleepy hamlet is now a bustling village. Descendants
of Pandit Mai Dass form a majority of the inhabitants of
Chintpurni village. Although the village is still called
Chhaproh in government land records, it is generally
known as Chintpurni after the Devi who resides there.
the miraculous powers of the Devi have spread far and
wide. Thousand of devotees visit the temple every year
and particularly so during the Navaratras
in Shravan (July - August), Ashvin (September - October)
and Chaitra (March-April). New year (28 December - 2
January), Sankranti, Purnima and Ashtami are the other