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Mansa Devi Temple

History

Mansa Devi Temple of Haridwar is a significant ‘Siddha Peeth’ (holy places where one's wishes are fulfilled) and one of the most popular temples of Uttarakhand. Dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, the wife of the Nag Raja Vasuki and a form of Shakti, who is said to fulfil the wishes of her devotees, Mansa Devi Temple is the most visited pilgrimage of the region. Located atop the Bilwa Parvat of the Shivalik Hills, this ancient temple can also be reached by the rope-way service known as ‘Mansa Devi Udankhatola’.

The term 'Mansa' is derived from the word 'Mansha', which means 'wish'. To seek blessings from the Goddess and get their wishes fulfilled, devotees tie sacred threads on the holy tree that stands tall in the temple premises. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come to untie the thread from the same tree once again.

On the hill-top, one may come across several shops where coconuts, fruits, marigold garlands and incense sticks are available as offerings to the Goddess. Devotees have to follow a long queue for the 'darshan' of the Goddess. Mansa Devi is one of the prominent Siddha Peethas along with Chandi Devi and Maya Devi temples in Haridwar being the other two. A panoramic view of Haridwar from the top of Bilwa Hill awaits those visiting this temple.

Best time to visit

Mansa Devi Temple can be visited throughout the year. However, it receives maximum footfall during Navaratri and Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

Trivia

Mansa Devi Temple is also known as Bilwa Tirth.

Timing

The timings for visiting Mansa Devi Temple are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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