Mansa Devi Temple in Haridwar
Mansa Devi temple, as custodians of many devotees’ beliefs, blesses the lives of those who visit there. Mansa Devi Temple, located atop the Bilwa Parvat, is known for being the home of Manasa, a form of Shakti believed to have emerged from Lord Shiva’s mind.
The temple is also one of three Siddh Peetha, the other two being Chandi Devi and Maya Devi. The literal translation of the term ‘Mansa’ is ‘wish,’ and it is one of the places of worship where wishes are granted. Devotees can make a wish by tying a thread to the branches of a nearby tree, and once their wishes are granted, they return to the temple to untie the thread from the tree.
The temple houses two major idols of Goddess Mansa, one with three mouths and five arms and the other with eight arms. To get to the main temple, either walk uphill or take the “Mansa Devi Udankhatola” cable car or bus. The main attraction of the Mansa Devi Temple is the spectacular view of the Ganga from the cable car.