Mansa Devi Temple, Chandigarh- How to reach-Best time to visit-Accommodation details-Festivals-Legends and History of the temple
Mata Mansa Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. It is one of the prominent temples of North India. According to Hindu mythology, the head of Devi Sati fell here. Mansa Devi Temple is at the foothills of Shivalik Mountain range.
Mansa Devi temple is located in Bilaspur village in Panchkula district of Haryana.
How to reach
It is around 11 km from Chandigarh ISBT bus terminus. The nearest railway station is Chandigarh. The airport is around 28 km from the temple.
Best time to visit
The temple can be visited throughout the year. One can avoid summers to prevent sweating like a waterfall.
In summer the temple remains open from 4 am to 10 pm and in winters from 5 am to 9 pm.
Accommodation at temple
They have two Dharamshalas, one is free and the other costs Rs 200. The free one has 30 rooms with a big common hall. Free blankets are also provided.
The other one has 15 rooms with geysers and all basic amenities and attached washrooms.
Navratri is the best time to visit the temple and enjoy the festivities. It happens two times a year. A lot of devotees come to pay their respects. During this time the shrine Board makes special arrangements like tents, free meals and blankets, etc to make the stay of people comfortable.
The architecture of the temple
The temple has both Hindu and Mughal architecture. It is built in Panchyatana pattern with four projections on four sides and the main temple in the middle. The main temple is dedicated to Mata Mansa in which she is worshipped in the form of Pindi as well as as a marble idol. The idol looks very pretty when decorated with all ornaments and clothes. Devi Saraswati and Lakshmi are also worshipped in the form of Pindi.
A garden is present next to the main temple which is very well maintained. It has a lot of sacred plants like Tulsi.
Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board looks after the temple complex and the garden. They maintain it with the donations of the devotees.
The walls of the temples have beautiful paintings. It is designed in such a way that the rush of people can be maintained properly and the people get to worship peacefully.
Maharaja Gopal Singh of Manimajra constructed the temple in 1811. The Mansa Devi temple houses two temples. It also has Patiala temple which was made by Maharaja of Patiala, Sh. Karam Singh in 1840.
Legend of the Temple
The legend says that when Lord Bramha created the universe, he meant for Lord Shiva to be with Sati. Sati was the daughter of Bramha’s son Daksha. She married Shiva against his wishes.
Daksha performed a yajna and didn’t invite Shiva and Sati. Unable to tolerate the injustice her father was doing towards her husband, in anger Sati sacrificed her life by jumping into the fire of the yajna.
After this incident, Shiva was enraged and in his Veerabhadra avatar he cut off Daksha’s head. Later he replaced it with goat’s head.
Heartbroken Shiva picked up Sati’s body and started performing Tandava, the dance of death and destruction. Fearing his rage, Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra and cut through Sati’s body. The body was cut into 108 parts and fell all over the earth. The head is said to have fallen at Panchkula.
There is also a wish tree at Patiala temple. It is said that if one ties a thread around a tree and asks for a wish it gets fulfilled.
I hope you found the above information useful and help you plan your visit to the temple. I guess you won’t even need a guide now.