Chintpurni Devi Temple opening hours from
26/10/2020: Monday to Friday 8 am - 11 pm
Saturday and Sunday 7 am - 11 pm
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a number of
restrictions are still in place.
are strongly advised to adhere to the
Covid-19 guidelines such as wearing masks,
maintaining hygiene and social distancing at
above the age of 65, those with
co-morbidities, expectant mothers and
children below the age of 10 years may not
be allowed entry,
should first present themselves for
registration and thermal screening at one of
the Chintpurni Temple Trust designated
counters - Chintpurni Sadan, MRC Parking,
Shambhu Barrier. Devotees without
computer-generated slips would not be
are allowed to take "prasad" into the
Temple. However they should keep the
"prasad" with themselves and take it out of
the Temple. No sprinkling of holy water or
distribution of "prasad" by the priests or
devotees is permitted inside the shrine.
(Standard Operating Procedure) for
Havans in the Temple, 20 January 2021
District Administration has issued the
following SOP for performing Havan in the
are required to obtain a token or Havan
participants in the Havan must put on a mask
and observe Covid-19 social distancing
bring a mat or cloth sheet which they will
take away with them at the end of Havan.
devotees will bring their own Havan
materials and take away any left-overs.
number of Havan participants to a minimum.
will not be allowed during Navaratras and
other special occasions when large numbers
of devotees are expected in the Temple.
must ensure adherence to the Covid-19
guidelines issued by the Himachal Pradesh
of Shri Chintpurni Devi is available
from this official Mata
Chintpurni Devi site .
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 8.30 pm.
usually bring offerings for the Devi. Sweets
(eg suji halwa, laddoo, barfi), kheel (sugar-coated
puffed rice), batasha,
fruits ( except coconut), 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.
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.
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.
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, make your
offerings and seek Her blessings.
Chintpurni Devi image 1
for a larger image
Chintpurni Devi image 2
for a larger image
Now you should perform a pradakshina (circumambulation)
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 - just sit down in
contemplation, listen to the bhajans, imbibe the holy
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.
- Back wall
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on, 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.
|Hanuman and Bhairav
of 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.
Please exit 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, Sidh Bari
and Triund are some of the popular tourist destinations in
this part of the Dhauladhar mountains.
As you go down the steps on the
northern side, you can see the water tank. Pandit Mai
Das's samadhi is situated on the eastern side of the