The temple is
usually open from 4.30 am to 10 pm in Summer and 5 am to
9.30 pm in winter. It is open much longer during
Navaratras and other busy days. Bhog is offered from 12
noon to 12.20 pm. Snana is performed from 7.30 pm to
Devotees usually bring
offerings for the Devi. Sweets (eg suji halwa, laddoo, barfi),
kheel (sugar-coated puffed rice), batasha, coconut (or
other fruits), chunni (red stole), dhwaja
(red-coloured flag) and flowers are some of the
offerings that devotees bring. You may bring the
prasad from home or you may buy it from one of the shops
in the bazaar.
You may leave your shoes at
one of these shops as shoes (and other leather items)
are not allowed in the temple bhavan. Please wash your
hands after taking off your shoes. It is also customary
to cover your head in the temple bhavan with a cap,
shawl or handkerchief.
As you enter the temple main
gate, on the right hand side you should see a stone.
This is the stone which Pandit Mai Das had dug out to
reveal the water spring as commanded by the Devi.
In the center of the Bhavan
is the temple garbha griha. The image of Mata
Chintpurni Devi is installed here in the form of a pindi
(a rounded stone). Please queue up for a darshan of the
Devi and make your offerings.
Chintpurni Devi image 1
for a larger image
Chintpurni Devi image 2
for a larger image
Now you should perform a pradakshina i.e.
go around the temple in the clockwise direction. The
enclosure on the eastern side is often used by bhajan
mandalis singing kirtan and bhajans. Please spend a few
minutes in the bhavan, take in the holy ambience, listen
to the bhajans or just sit down in contemplation.
the south wall of the temple, you can see the Vata
Vriksha (banyan tree) under which Pandit Mai Das had the
divine darshan of the Devi. Devotees often tie a mauli (kuccha
red string) to the tree and make a wish.
towards the western side you find another branch of the
same Banyan tree.
Under the tree, you see images of Bhairav and Ganesh.
Bhairav can be identified as the black coloured deity
with a dog as his companion.
Bhairav and Langur Vir (Hanuman) are also installed on
the roof of the temple, next to the shikhar (dome) which
was gold-plated a few years ago by a devotee.
the temple bhavan in an orderly manner.
of Pandit Mai Das
On a clear day, you get an
excellent panoramic view of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges
which are at an aerial distance of about 50 km.
Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Bhagsu Nag and Sidh Bari are some
of the tourist destinations in this part of the Dhauladhar
Further down the steps on the northern side
is located the water tank. Pandit Mai Das's samadhi is
situated on the eastern side of the water tank.