Dedicated to Goddess Mansa- a form of Shakti, Mansa Devi Temple is located in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state. This holy abode of Ma is placed on the top of Bilwa Parvat in the Shivalik Hills, the southernmost Himalayas. Mansa Devi temple is also one of the Panch Tirths of Haridwar and so is called Bilwa Tirth also. The goddess emerged from the mind of Rishi Kashyap and is the sister of Naga (snake) Viper.
Mansa Devi is one of the three Shatipeethas in Haridwar, along with Maya Devi and Chandi Devi. The devotees who visit the temple believe that the goddess fulfills all the wishes of her devotees. One of the rituals here is to tie a thread for the fulfillment to the branches of a tree that is planted in the temple complex. And, once the wish is fulfilled, one has to come back again to untie the thread. There are two idols in the inner shrine of the temple- one with 8 arms and one 3 heads and five arms. Devotees offer Prasad (Sweet), coconuts, marigold garlands and incense sticks to the Goddess.
Chamunda devi temple and Har-ki-Pauri are two of the main attractions near Mansa Devi Temple. The temple is visited by Hindu devotees in huge numbers, every year.
How to Reach:
Mansa Devi Temple is accessible in 2 ways: on- foot and by cable car. If you opt for walking, you would have to embark on an upward walk for around one and a half kilometer. However, most of the devotees opt for a cable car ride or ropeway while enjoying the panoramic views of the surroundings. Between April and October, cab car service starts from 07:00 AM and rest of the year, it is 08:00 AM.