Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mansa Devi

Mata Mansa Devi Temple at Panchkula is a symbol of Himalayan culture and faith. The shrine located on the foot hills of Shivalik is an epitome of age old tradition of ‘Shakti’ worship in northern India. Himalaya being the abode of Shiva and his consort ’shakti’ became centre of shakti worship.

Mata Mansa Devi is  in the Panchkula district of Haryana state in India. The temple complex is spread of 100 acres of the Shivalik foothills in village Bilaspur, near Mani Majra, and Panchkula.

It is one of the prominent Shakti temples of North India

As you enter the main road leading up to the mandir, ther is a huge sandstone gate across the  road, indicating the route to the temple.

Thousands of devotees visit the shrine from various parts of the country, and especially during the Navratra mela, this number rises to lakhs everyday for the nine auspicious days.
 The main temple is dedicated to Mansa who is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum both in the form of ‘pindi’ as well as in her anthropomorphic form executed on a marble.
 In the sanctum sanctorum she is worshipped with Devi Saraswati and Lakshmi in the form of Pindi.

Maharaja Gopal Singh of Mani Majra constructed the present main temple of Shri Mansa Devi, which is situated on the Shivalik foothills in village BilaspurTehsil and District Panchkula, during the period 1811-1815. d colored chunri

Within the sprawling complex with well built roads and manicured gardens are Puja bhawan, 

Puja Bhawan

Yagya shala
 bhandara   hall besides the main deity of Mansa Devi.

The courtyard adjacent to the diety temple is a vivid color of red . Thousands of red colored chunri are tied on the railing and on the tree.

besides this is a room enclosure where packets of shingar are offered.

a short clim up the stairs leads to a small Shiv a temple.

At a distance of 200 meters from the main temple is the Patiala temple

Patiala Mandir
 which was constructed by Karam Singh, a Sikh, the then Maharaja Patiala in the year 1840.
Here too in the open space is a huge Pipal tree with thousands of red chunri 

tied to the trunk and branches.

Outside the Patiala mandir at corners are Hanuman temple, Ganesha temple and a few more temples.

The green, shaded environments of the mandir complex makes it a popular venue to pray and spend some peaceful time with family and friends.

The temple complex and its environment are presently looked after by Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board (SMMDSB) Panchkula
  The shrine has one Dharamshala consisting of 30 rooms and one hall which are available to the pilgrims free of any charge.Blankets are also provided free of charge. Besides this the Board has constructed another Dharamshala called Lajwanti Dharamshala Consisting of 15 rooms, These rooms are having modern facilities.

 Besides this Haryana Tourism Corporation has also constructed a Yatrika “called Jatayu” just at a distance of 50 yards from Temple which provides dormitory type accommodation and facilities of restaurant to the pilgrims. Each room has been provided with attached toilet and each room has four beds. 

As is with any SHAKTI, te temple gains significance twice a year for nine days during the  Chaitra month in April and Sharad month around October/ November.

Definitely worth a visit if you are visiting Chandigarh.