Mansa Devi Temple
#3 of 23 Places to Visit in Haridwar
Distance (From Haridwar Jn Railway Station): 3 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 3 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station, Mansa Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Shivalik Hills in Haridwar. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirthas (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the Sage Kashyap. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga (serpent) Vasuki. This Temple is highly revered by devotees as a Siddh Peetha which is a place of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms.
The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfills all the wishes of sincere devotees who 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. This temple along with the nearby Chandi Devi temple is visited by thousands of devotees during the Navratra and the Kumbha Mela.
Visitors can walk for 2 km from the foot hill or take a rope way on Manas Devi Road to reach the temple. The panoramic views of the holy Ganga and Haridwar city look stunning from the road-way. Combined rope-way tickets for Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples are also available and are valid for three days.
Ropeway Cost (two-way): Rs. 264 per person for Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temples, Rs. 84 per person for Mansa Devi Temple only.
Temple Timings: 8 AM - 12 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM.