In the third leg of our pilgrimage we had the privilege by Goddess Mansa Devi to visit its temple. The temple overlooks the entire habitat of Haridwar especially Har Ki Pauri which is immediately in the down hill and River Ganges spreading its wings far and wide across the vicinity of this holy town.
Young and old alike throng the deity. While former like to walk through the staircase being able bodies those in their twilight of life prefer to go by Udan Khatola (in local parlance). A trolley which carries you from base to the temple situated atop the hill. Passing through flora and fona especially during the down pour, one feels as if he is in the heaven enjoying the infinite beauty of nature. A wonderful experience which makes one to enjoy the rare charm of both a city and nature.
Here is an overview on Mata Mansa Devi Temple. Am sure,you would enjoy going through the religious importance of this sacred temple.
Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: मंसा देवी मंदिर, हरिद्वार) is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar.
The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, 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 Nāga (serpent) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa 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. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her.
Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places 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.