The banyan trees which seemingly are as old as the installation of sacred Stone Shila. The off-shoots of these trees have come down to the ground and replaced the old trees many a times.
The devotees wrap pieces of handkerchief with a prayer to Mata Ji for grant of their wishes. The wrapped piece of handkerchief is then unwrapped after their wishes are fructified finally.
Rising of Sun God on the Eastern side of the Chintapurni Temple.
Setting of Sun God on the Westen hoizon of the Chintapurni Temple;
REASON FOR BASIS OF SHAKTI STHALS (PLACE OF MYSTIC PROWESS)
We all are aware about the betrothal of Shiva and King Daksha’s daughter named Sati whose marriage with Lord Shiva was held despite opposition of Daksha. King Daksha wanted to hold a Yajna in order to insult Lord Shive. For this purpose, he did not call either Lord Shiva or his daughter Sati. But Sati, anyhow wanted to participate the ceremonies in connection with the Yajna wheein all the Gods and Demi-Gods were invited, though Lord Shiva showed his reservations. He wanted that she should not be an uninvited guest even even at the residence of her parents. Despite Lord Shiva’s instructions, she went to her parents’ house to participate in the Yajna celebrations.
While she reached her parental house, she was not given any sort of welcome or reception by her father. Like an uninvited guest she was treated very rudely besides there was no mention of Lord Shiva where Lord Baramha and Lord Vishnu too attended. Meaning the Trinity was not not given whole representation since the absence of Lord Shiva was felt by the Sapat Rishis and other Demi-Gods present there in the Yajna.
After receiving cool response from her father, bordering on disespect from her father, Sati felt hugely slighted and this insulting behaviour of his father Daksha towards Lord Shiva made her lose her patience and tolerance. There were two ways open for her, either to leave her father’s place pocketing insults and insinuations or take her life by plunging in the huge Yajna sacrificial fire pit. She took the second step in a fit of rage without thinking about the unsavoury consequences/repercussions finished her life altogether. It is mentioned that Satikund is situated in Kankhal (Haidwar in Uttrakhand) which was fully desecrated when Sati jumped into the Sacrificial Fire Pit (Havan Kund) and died.
Subsequently, when Lord Shiva came to know about what had happened to his beloved consort, he took out two locks of hair from his head and thrashed it on the ground. Veerabhadra and Bhadrakali were born out of these strands of hairs. He bore a garland of skulls and other weapons with which he looked very ferocious besides Bhadrakali is a fearful incarnation of Devi. They killed everybody which came their way i.e. nobody could stand their prowess. Veerbhadra tore off the head of Daksha and tossed it into the same sacrificial fire pit.
Lord in a fit of rage carried the lifeless body of Sati and started performing Tandav Dance (the dance of destruction). Fearing the destruction of the entire earth and its creations by this act of Lod Shiva, Lord Vishnu shredded the lifeless body of Sati into pieces with his Sudharshan Chakra which fell into different directions. Each piece became Shakti Peeths. There are 52 Shakti Peeths which are visited with highest reverence by the devotees for getting their graces. Whosoever visits these sacred places with good intention get their wishes fulfilled.
The prominent Shakti Peeths being Kamkshi Amman Temple, Taripura Sundri Temple in Tripura, Purnagiri Temple at UttaraKhans, Surkhanda Temple in Uttarakhand, Naina Devi Temple in Uttarakhand, Mangla Devi Temple in Bihar, Maya Devi Temple in Uttarakhand, Shitala Devi Temple in Bihar, Chichi Maa Temple in Samba (Jammu), Lata Wali Maa, and many othe Power Sthals at different places..
Chintpurni Temple at Village Barwal, Tehsil and District Kathua.
CHITPURNI TEMPLE AT VILLAGE BARWAL (KATHUA) J&K
A prominent Shakti Peeth exists at Village Barwal, District Kathua (Jammu). The devouts pay their repects to Chintpurni Mata Ji and get bountiful blessings from the Mata Ji.
On my visit to the temple, I met one of the Management Tustee, Shri Karan Singh (aged more than 80 years) who takes pain in keeping the temple and its surroundings neat and tidy including explaining the devoutees the historical perspective of the temple. He informed me that they had heard from the older members of the community that one day a reknowned spiritually oriented person had a dream in which he had a vision of Mata Ji who informed him to come to the specified place and erect a Pindi so that devotees could also come there for offerring their prayers for getting benefits in the same manner Pindis of Maa Vaishno Devi, Kali Maa and Sarswati Maa were found at Katra Vaishno Devi in the similar way
He infomed me that before current temple along with inns around were constructed, the old tell-tale signs of Pindi existed. A Stone Pindi was erected with the image of Mata Ji with the chanting of Mantras by the priests while the women folks sang songs praising the Chintpurni Maa with immense mystical power, suffusing with benevolence for her devotees. She is really a mother divine with Chinta for her devouts – meaning one who cares fully for her devotees.
Image of the stone pindi found along with iron icons are given herein:-
This sacred Stone Pindi installed earlier times was taken out after due diligence and after recitation of Vedic Mantras besides singing of songs by the womenfolks in praise of Goddess Chintpurni.
Subsequently, a temple was constructed with the voluntary contribution of the people of the villagers. Again, a new Pindi was installed the image of which is given below:-
The banyan trees near the temple prescincts are as old as the history of the temple as has been revealed by the olders members of the village and the people of the village around. The information about Mata Chintpuri and the banyan trees have been transferred from generations to generations. From the state of the banyan trees, the old ones are giving place to the new off-shoots which establish their moorings on the ground. This adds to the beauty of the place and seemingly due to the bountiful blessings of the Mata Ji.
Periodically, Yagnas are held wherein the villagers contribute as per their propensities. A community feast too is held wherein general masses partake parsad, prepared specially for the occasion. This community feast and Yagnas are occasionally held. This serves two-fold purposes. Firstly, it adds to the community feelings and secondly it enhances the spiritual orientation of the people. To top it all, all will get bountiful blessings of our Mother Divine for their peace and prosperity.
May the bountiful blessings of Maa Chintpuri remains on us all so that we all of us be in peace and prosperity for ever.