Mansa Devi is considered as the sister of the king of Nagas named Vasuki, who is a folk god of snakes and worshipped as the destroyer of poison. This is popular as one of the five pilgrimages i.e. ‘Panch Teerth’ of Haridwar or as Bilwa Teerth. This sacred home of Goddess Mansa is one of the three Siddhi Peethas temple in Haridwar. It is believed that goddess responds to the prayers of the devotees who come and pray for boons from her. She is called Mansa Devi because she was born from the mind of the great Sage Kashyapa hence the name ‘Mansa’. Manasa means mind or wish. The legend is that by mere thought or wish sage got this daughter as such she carries’ the name Mansa.
It is said that goddesses Mansa and Chandi, the two forms of goddess Parvati always reside close to each other. Mata Mansa Devi, it is believed, fulfills the "manoutis" and pilgrims make it a point not to miss offering prayers to the reigning deity in the form of Shakti.
Accommodation in Haridwar are in plenty. There are many Guest Houses, Dharmshalas, Ashrams and Budget hotels.
Mansa Devi Temple open at 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM