Overview & History
Mansa Devi Temple or popularly known as Mata Mansa Devi is a Hindu shrine located in the foothills of Shivalik in village Bilaspur near Chandigarh. This temple is an auspicious place for all Shakti worshippers and is visited by believers from all around the globe.
The temple is a lovely complex spread over an area of 100 acres. It consists of three temple buildings of which one is the main grand temple. The main temple was built by Maharaja Gopal Das Singh in 1811 and was finished by 1815. The rest of the complex around the temple was built in the subsequent years by successor rulers and the final temple complex as we see in the modern-day was finished by 1870.
Why visit the Mata Mansa Devi Temple?
This temple is a part of the heritage of the country not only religiously but also culturally and historically. The architecture of the temple is very eye-pleasing and the wall inscriptions and paintings are astonishing. some of the major reasons to visit the temple and get the divine experience are:
- Religious shrine: This temple is one of the biggest shrines for Shakti worshipers. People from all over visit here to pray and get rid of their life problems to get some peace.
- Togetherness: every religious place has one thing in common which is a feeling of togetherness. This temple is no different and you can visit it to get a collective feeling and enjoy a refreshing time.
- Navratri melas: Navratri is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated over a period of 9 days. This temple is a perfect place to visit during Navratri as it gives you a full experience of what festivals are celebrated like in India. There are Navratri melas two times a year. The whole temple complex is decorated and sight is like you’ve never seen before. A funfair outside the complex for kids and prasad and langar arrangements are all part of this festival. Lakhs of people visit the temple during these nine auspicious days.
- Architectural marvel: this temple was built in the 1800s and so has a beautiful style of building. The cultural aspects of India especially the northern region can be seen here. The temple is also laid out with wall inscriptions and nearly 38 panels of wall painting and floral ceiling designs.
When to visit the Mata Mansa Devi Temple?
There is always a good time to visit the temple throughout the year. There and thousands of devotees who visit the temple daily. The temple timings are 5:00 am – 9:00 pm. These timings might vary depending on what time of the year it is and what season it is.