Name of the Temple
Mansa Devi Temple
Period of origin
Name of deity
Haridwar is the Gateway (dwar) to God (Hari) for Hindus, and the city where holy River Ganga leaves the mountains to start its long journey of plains of northern India. Ganga, after traveling a distance of nearly 250 km from its origin at Gangotri Glacier, enters Haridwar, giving this city its ancient name—Gangadwara. According to the Hindu mythology, it is one of the four places on earth where drops of Amrit (the liquid of immortality) fell from the divine pitcher.
As the Legends said, when the Gods left their footprints on the land of Haridwar, metaphorically they also left an indelible mark on the spiritual ethos of every Hindu-more so, the devout, who would later follow their holy paths all across this blessed land. Haridwar, due to its geographical location stands as the gateway to the pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. Haridwar has always remained as a major Shaktipeeth for the devotees. And one such prominent most visited Temples of North India; in Haridwar is Mata Mansa Devi.
The temple lies atop the Bilva Parvat in the Sivalik Hills, about 2.5 km from the city center. It is one of the panch-teerths (five pilgrimages) of Haridwar, and is also famous as one of the three temples that make a Sidhpeeth trio in Haridwar; Maya Devi temple and Chandi Devi temple are other two temples of this Sidhpeeth trio. While Mansa Devi temple in Haridwar would continue to hold its spiritual relevance, the travel by cable rope way is an adventure in itself which has contributed tremendously for the number of pilgrims thronging Goddess Mansa Temple in Haridwar.
The Temple is constructed by Maharaja Gopal Singh and the year of construction of Temple is 1811-1815AD. The main Temple is dedicated to Mansa, who is workshiped in the Sanctorum in the form of “Pindi”, as well as in her anthropomorphic form executed on a marble. In the sanctum sanctorum she is worshiped with Devi Saraswati and Lakshmi in the form of Pindi (stone pebbles). Originally the pindi’s were only worshiped by the devotees. However in modern times, a marble bust of the deity was got sculpted for giving an attractive human look (form) to the deity. She is beautifully decorated with crown and other ornaments.
In ancient Hindu scriptures, Haridwar is referred with different names such as Mayapuri, Mokshdwar or Kapilsthan. The city organizing Kumbh Mela every 12 years to commemorate that celestial event, with millions of Hindu devotees congregating to enjoy a holy dip in the river Ganges with a desire to wash away their sins of present and past lives seems to be agglomerations of all faiths at one place.
The architecture of the main Temple is not consonance with the Shivalik region where usually typical Nagara or Curvilinear spirals Temples were erected. This is in sharp contrast to the environment of the region architecturally, speaking the Temple has been built in panchavati pattern in which at four cardinal corners stand four shrines with the main shrine(fifth shrine) being located at the centre.
Hindus believe that if; you pray to the Goddess with a pure and grateful heart, she is sure to fulfill your wishes. For a “Darshan” (visit) of the Goddess, devotees need to stand in the queue at the Temple site. The prime attraction of the Mansa Devi Temple includes two awe-inspiring sculptures. While one of the Goddess of Mansa Devi Temple of Haridwar has eight arms, the other one stands in the shrine with five arms and three mouths. The unique traits of the two presiding deities make Mansa Devi Temple one of the outstanding religious appeals of Haridwar. Close to the Temple on the hilltop is a holy tree, around which devotees tie threads to get their wishes fulfilled. They seek the blessings of Goddess Mansa Devi. Not only in Haridwar, but Temple of Mansa Devi is known and reverted in the whole of Northern India. Apart from getting glimpse of the Goddess at the Temple.
Haridwar city lies about 200 km from Delhi and about 65 km from Dehradun. It is linked to other cities of the state by a fine road network. National Highway 58 passes through the city, connecting it with Ghaziabad, Modinagar, Meerut, Roorkee and Mana. NH 74 connects Haridwar to Kashipur, Pilibhit and Bareilly. Haridwar Railway Station receives trains from many cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gwalior, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Patna, Varanasi, Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities of India. Jolly Grant Airport, located about 36 km from Haridwar is the nearest domestic airport.
Local Transport Services like private bus services, tempos (vikrams), auto rickshaws, tongas, cycle-rickshaws and taxis are easily available. You can reach Mansa Devi Temple either on foot or using the ropeway service. About 2-km long trek is quite interesting, but can be draining during the summer months. The cable car service starts at 7 a.m. (April to October), and 8 a.m. (November to March), and costs around 50 rupees per person.
7 am to 11.30 pm and 2 pm to 10 pm, Navratras the Temples remain open for Darshan from 5:00am to 10:00pm.
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