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Shri Mata Mansa Devi Mandir, Haridwar



Shri Mata Mansa Devi Mandir, Haridwar


Ranipur Range, Uttarakhand 249403

Mansa Devi Mata, a revered goddess in Hinduism, holds an important place of worship at the Mansa Devi Temple in the Haridwar Tirth Kshetra. Situated atop Mount Bilwa on the Shivalik Hills, this holy temple is the best source for devotees to seek blessings from the Mother Goddess. The importance of Mansa Devi Mata in Haridwar is deeply rooted in the local traditions and beliefs. Manasa Devi is often regarded as a merciful goddess who fulfills the wishes of her devotees. This grand temple is considered one of the 51 Siddha Shaktipeeths. It is believed that this is the place where the divine power of the Goddess is especially powerful. Devotees tie sacred threads on the branches of a sacred tree within the temple complex, called "Kanjak", symbolizing the fulfillment of their prayers by the goddess. By worshiping in Mansa Devi temple and tying a thread on the tree, all the wishes of Mansa Devi devotees are fulfilled and completed and free the devotees from worldly obstacles. During the Navratri festival at Mansa Devi Temple, a nine-night celebration dedicated to the divine feminine energy, devotees come from all over the country and abroad to seek the blessings of Mata Mansa Devi for a happy life. Devotees from all over the country and abroad participate in the festival and seek blessings from Mata Mansa Devi for prosperity and happiness.

Mythological History:

There are many gods and goddesses in the Hindu religion, who have special significance, one of them is Mansa Devi. Mansa Devi is considered to be the youngest daughter of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. They originated from the head, that is why they were named Mansa. It is believed that whoever comes to the famous Shaktipeeth of Maa Mansa, Haridwar, all his wishes are fulfilled. This temple of Maa Mansa located in Haridwar is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. Maa Mansa is situated in Bilwa mountain of Shivalik hills, about three kilometers from Haridwar, the famous temple of Mansa Devi. 

According to mythological religious texts, Mother Manasa was born from the head of sage Kashyap. Kashyap Rishi's wife's name is Kadru. There is no mention of Manasa being the daughter of Shiva in the texts. But Mansa received education from Shiva only. Goddess Mansa sits on a snake and a lotus. However, in some places, she is shown sitting on a swan. It is said that 7 snakes are always present in the protection of the Mother Goddess. The temple of Mata Mansa Devi was built by Maharaja Gopal Singh of Manimajra between the years 1811 and 1815. It is said that the brain of Mata Sati had fallen here, after which this grand temple was built. Lakhs of devotees come here to have darshan. Whatever devotees worship the Mother Goddess with true heart, Mata Mansa fulfills all their wishes. During Navratri, there is a huge crowd in the temples for nine days, Mata Mansa is decorated, and Kanya Bhoj, Saptasati Path, and Havan are organized. With the blessings of Mata Mansa, all the troubles of a person go away, there is prosperity in married life and the childless get a child, Girls get good grooms.

The temple is known for being the holy abode of Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti, and is said to have emerged from the mind of the Lord Shiva. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga (serpent) Vasuki. She is also believed to be the daughter of Lord Shiva in his human incarnate. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfills all the wishes of a sincere devotee. There is a folk tale about this, Mansa, a common girl who was unaware of her complete truth from her guardians decided to meet Lord Shiva and ask him about her truth. To meet Lord Shiva, she sat for Sadhana and after years of spiritual exercise, she got the fortune to meet Lord Shiva and clarify her truth from him. After learning her truth, she attained the powers of a goddess of welfare for the world. Devotees who pray to Mansa Devi to fulfill their wishes tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Goddess Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands, and incense sticks for prayer.

Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peeth (These are known to fulfill the desires of the worshippers). It is one of three such Peeths located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The inner shrine has two deities, one with eight arms and the other one with three heads and five arms.


Timing of Temple: 

Mansa Devi Temple is open for darshan from 5:00 am to 12:00 noon and till 2:00 pm the temple opens for darshan and closes at 9:00 pm.


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