Mansa Devi

Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that offers amazing views of the River Ganges and the plains of Haridwar. Mansa Devi temple is one of the most visited temple in Haridwar as well as Uttarakhand, it's located Balwa parwat and about 3 KM from Haridwar. To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the rope-way service. The rope-way service known as "Mansa Devi Udankhatola" that carries the pilgrims from the lower station directly to the Mansa Devi Temple. The total length of the rope-way is 540 metres (1,770 ft) and the height it covers is 178 metres (584 ft).

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 Peetas of 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 (goddesses) 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.

Timings

Mansa Devi Temple open at 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM

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