Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most popular and most visited temples of Haridwar, Uttarakhand. It is also one of the most prominent temples of North India. The term ‘Mansa’ comes from the word ‘Mansha’, which means ‘wish’. This temple is dedicated to Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti which is located at the top of Bilwa Parvat (Hill). This shrine is regarded as one of the Siddhpeeths, and Goddess Mansa is said to be benevolent to her devotees, fulfilling their wishes along with Chandi Devi and Maya Devi in Haridwar.
Here is everything you need to know about the Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar.
- The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three-headed with five arms.
- Mansa Devi is the form of Shakti that is said to have emerged from the mind of rishi Kashyap. Mythology regards her as the sister of the serpent Vasuki.
- She is believed to fulfil the wishes of her devotees. Although there are legends that describe that Sati Devi’s body parts have fallen here.
- This Temple is part of famous Nava Shakthipeeth Yatra, Saptapuri Yatra, Haridwar-Rishikesh Yatra and Maha Kumbh Mela.
- Devotees tie mauli, a red sacred thread, around a tree located in the temple complex requesting devi for fulfilling their wishes. They come back to open the thread once their wish gets fulfilled.
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To reach the hill-top
- You can reach there by taking local buses, rickshaws or by hiring a taxi from Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
- You can either trek or go for a cable-car to reach the top of the hill. The hustling-bustling streets lined with small shops takes one to the boarding point from where the cable cars run to the temple.
- The panoramic sight of plains of Haridwar can be seen below. There are old trekking routes leading to the temple with a total of 786 stairs which can be easily climbed.
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Offerings and other details of the Temple
- At the top of the hill, there are many shops where coconuts, fruits, marigold garlands and incense sticks are available. These things are offered to the Goddess.
- There is a tree on which the devotees tie a red thread to seek fulfillment of their wishes.
- The temple is open between 5 am and 9 pm on normal days, except for lunch closings of 12 pm to 2 pm.
- Mansa Devi temple along with the nearby located Chandi Devi Temple is visited by thousands of devotees from various parts of the country, especially during the Navaratri and the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar.
- It was said that Devi Mansa and Devi Chandi, the two forms of goddess Parvati always reside close to each other.
- It can also be found true in another case since near to the Mata Mansa Devi Mandir in Panchkula, Haryana, there is a Chandi Mandir located nearby in Chandigarh.
Be careful not to carry any eatable openly as the place is full of monkeys, who love to snatch.