Himachal: Upcoming State-of-the-Art Facilities for Chintpurni Pilgrims


The PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive) program launched by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India will prove to be an important milestone in shaping the planned development at Chinnmastika Dham, Mata Shree Chintpurni Temple of Himachal Pradesh.

From now on, 40.07 crore has been approved to undertake beautification and infrastructural development at Chintpurni as well as establishment of facilities for devotees including a pilgrimage centre, walking paths, water dispensers, shelters, electronic toilets, etc. In addition, the beautification of the temple will also be taken on a large scale. There is also a supply of solar lights, improvement of the road to the temple, installation of CCTV, waste management structures, digital signage system, LED screens in waiting rooms and electric vehicles for worshipers who come and go from nearby car parks.

This will not only help boost religious tourism, but also increase visitation and also help generate indirect employment opportunities, in addition to cleanliness, safety, accessibility and service delivery. The PRASAD program offers a tremendous opportunity to undertake infrastructure developments in important pilgrimage and heritage destinations in an inclusive, integrated and sustainable way that focuses on livelihoods, skills, cleanliness, safety , accessibility and service delivery.

Of a total of 1,700 m² of land required, approximately 60% of the area has been acquired for the creation of basic infrastructure according to official records. After the completion of the project, overcrowding issues will be resolved through effective and planned crowd management and state-of-the-art facilities.

Every year, about 16 lakh pilgrims from various parts of the country, especially neighboring Punjab, pay their respects at Chintpurni Devi Temple, one of the 51 shaktipeeths. Efforts will be made to develop basic amenities for pilgrims, such as the introduction of a non-polluting public circulation system, an alternative route, disability-friendly infrastructure and a new block for darshan and kirtan, said said Deputy Commissioner Una.

To solve the problem of traffic congestion, a tourist reception center with parking has been set up under the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-assisted project of 52 crores last year in Chintpurni by tourism department.


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