Mansa Devi temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi located in the holy city of Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This temple is located atop of the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik hills which are the southernmost mountain in the Himalayan mountain range. Mansa Devi temple Haridwar is also known as Bilwa Tirth and is one among the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimages) within Haridwar. The ropeway to Mansa Devi Temple is the most convenient option for travelers, especially children and senior citizens. The timings for Mansa Devi Temple are 7 am to 7 pm all days of the week.
Mansa Devi Temple History
It is believed that the temple is the holy habitat of Mansa which is a form of Shakti which has emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. The term Mansa means wish and it is said that the goddess fulfils wishes of all its sincere devotees. The devotees come to the temple and tie threads to the tree located within the temple. When their wishes have been fulfilled they come back to untie the threads from the tree.
Ma Mansa is believed to fulfill the “manoutis” of its devotees and pilgrims visiting Haridwar make it a point to not miss offering prayers to the reigning deity in the form of Shakti. Mansa is regarded as the sister of Naga (serpent) Vasuki. Mansa Devi temple is regarded as one of the Siddh Peetha where desires of the devotees get fulfilled. There are three such Siddh Peeta located in Haridwar and the other two being Chandi Devi temple and Maya Devi temple. All of them are considered as very sacred and auspicious places by followers and people from all over the world come here to take blessings.
The inner shrine of the Mansa Devi temple Haridwar has two deities enclosed within where one has eight arms and the other one is three headed with five arms. People offer coconuts fruits, garlands and incense sticks to Mansa Devi in order to appease her.
Due to its high significance, there is always a rush at the Mansa Devi temple Haridwar. People not only visit this place to pay homage to the goddess Mansa Devi but also due to the breathtaking view of the holy river Ganga and the plains of Haridwar. There is a large footfall at the Mansa Devi temple Haridwar especially during Navratra which is twice a year and Kumbh Mela which is every twelve years.
Mansa Devi temple is in close proximity to Chandi Devi temple which is also regarded as a very sacred place by the devotees. It is believed that Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi are the two forms of goddesses Parvati and always reside close to each other. The Mansa Devi Temple Ropeway is open from 7 am in summer and 8 am in winter. Ropeway tickets cost about INR 50 per person.