Mata Chintpurni Mela in Himachal Pradesh

Mata Chintpurni Mela is a very popular Mela held at Chintpurni Mata Temple, Chintpurni village in Himachal Pradesh. It is held thrice in a year – Chaitra Chintpurni Mela (Chet Chintpurni Mela), Sawan Chintpurni Mela and Ashwin Chintpurni Mela (Asanj Chintpurni Mela).

The Chintpurni fair, locally known as ‘Mata Da Mela’ (fair of the mother Goddess) is held in village Chintpurni on a spur of the hill range of the same name, about 3 kms. to the west of Bharwain. The fair is held near the temple of Goddess Bhagwati Chhinmastaka, where, it is said, the mother Goddess appeared in astral form in ancient times. The site is approached by metalled road from Una, Hoshiarpur and Kangra which are situated at a distance of 56, 48 and 64 kms away respectively.

The fair being held from time immemorial is held thrice a year in the month of Chet (March-April), Sawan (July-August) and Asanj (September-October). In chet and Asanj (Chaitra Month & Ashwin Month), the fair is held in Navratras whereas in Sawan it taken place during the first ten days of shukla paksha i.e. the bright half of the lunar month. The fair which is residential fair by nature, lasts for nine days during the navratras and for ten days in Sawan. The fair continues day and night but the attendance is the largest on its 8th day.

The usual offering, by a devotee, consists of seven pieces of betelnut (supari), a piece of coconut (nariyal), a red flag (dhawaja), all bound together with home-spun multi-colored cotton-yarn (mauli). On the 8th day of the fair, the offerings of ‘Karah’ (halwa) and ‘chattar’ with 84 tiny bells hanging on its fringes, representing 84 lacs births in different forms of the devotee form which he or she seeks salvation from the Goddess.

Till 1961, the fair used to be organized by the District Board, Hoshiarpur but by August, 1962 the Panchayat Samiti Amb took over the management of the fair. But eversince 12 June 1987, the Chintpurni Temple Trust with Deputy Commissioner, Una and SDM Amb as Commissioner and Asstt. Commissioner respectively. One Temple office of the rank of Tahsildar is handling all the affairs.

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