Maansa Devi Temple, Hardwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Maansa Devi in the holy city of Hardwar in the Utthrakhand state of India. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvath on the Shivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Thirth is one of the Paanch Thirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Hardwar.
The temple is known for being the holy abode of Maansa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the lord Shiva. Maansa is regarded as the sister of the serpent, Vasuki. The term Maansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of sincere devotees. A devotee who wants his wishes to be fulfilled by Maansa, ties a thread to the branch 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. Maansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her.
Maansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which is the place of worship where desires get fulfilled. The inner shrine has two idols installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms.
About the temple
Maansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that attracts people from both far and near due to its significance. It enhances the holy tradition of Hardwar which persists in the place from many past centuries. To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope-way service. The rope-way service was introduced for the benefit of the pilgrims and it caters to the pilgrims. The rope-way carries the pilgrims from the lower station directly to the Maansa Devi Temple. The total length of the rope-way is 540 metres (1,770 ft) and the height it covers is 178 metres (584 ft). On a normal day, the temple is open between 8 am and 5 pm, except for lunch closings of 12 pm to 2 pm.
This temple along with the nearby located Chandi Devi temple is visited by thousands of devotees from various parts of the country, and especially during the Navratra and the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar.
It is said that goddesses Maansa and Chandi, the two forms of goddess Parvathi always reside close to each other. This belief can also be found true in other case since near to the Mata Maansa Devi Mandir in Panchkula, Haryana, there is a Chandi Mandir located nearby in Chandigarh. Maa Maansa, it is believed, fulfils the wishes and pilgrims make it a point not to miss offering prayers to the reigning deity in the form of Shakti.
Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun at a distance of 50km and Hardwar is the nearest railways station at a distance of 4 km from Manasa Devi Temple. The temple can be reached by cable car or one can climb the steep Stairs to reach the temple.
Manasa Devi well connected by trains to nearest station Hardwar from all major cities in India such us Delhi, Mumbai etc.
There is another way to reach the temple via a roadway. The road way is an easier way to reach the temple. It is just opposite the cable car booking counter. There are lot of buses available for Hardwar from ISBT, Kashmer Gate in New Delhi.
Maansa Devi Temple
Hardwar, Utthrakhand, Pin code - 249401
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Destruction of Evil
- Healthy Progeny
- Good Spouse
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations again and again to the Devi who resides in the name of Vishnu's maya in all beings.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Chetanetyaabhi Dheeyate Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as consciousness in all beings.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Nidraa Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as sleep in all beings.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Kshudhaa Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as hunger in all beings.
4 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in winter