Mata Mansa Devi temple is devoted to Goddess Mansa Devi, an incarnation of Shakti. The revered Siddh Peeth is nestled in the Bilaspur village in the Panchkula district of Haryana. The temple complex is spread over 100 acres of the Shivalik foothills in Bilaspur village. It is considered among one of the prominent Shakti temples in North India. According to a legend, the head of Devi Sati was dropped at this place. Mata Mansa Devi is worshiped along with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi in the form of Pindis or Stone pebbles. Recently, a marble bust of the deity, adorned with silver crown and ornaments has been sculpted. The bust is enshrined in a small silver plated vault. The temple complex also houses the shrines for Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Goddess Naina Devi, Kali Devi and Vaishno Devi. Adjoining the main temple is a beautiful garden. There is a pond in front of the temple where pilgrims take a holy dip.
Temple History and Temple Architecture
The present temple of Mata Mansa Devi was established by Maharaja Gopal Singh of Mani Majra during the period of 1811–1815. The king of Mani Majra then appointed a priest as ‘khidmatuzar’ to serve this temple and to worship the deity of the temple. After the merger of the princely states, the temple was taken care of by the priests. They were unable to take care of the temple. The visitors and devotees were not getting necessary facilities and the condition of the temple was deteriorating day by day. Later the temple was taken over by the Government, which formed a Shrine Board Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine B0oard Panchkula trust to manage the temple.
The temple has Moghul architecture which is also known as ‘Panchayatana’. The striking feature is that the four shrines are located at the four corners and the fifth shrine is located in the middle. The temple has four minarets at four corners with a cupola on the top. The temple stands on an elongated circular drum and has Onion shaped domes. The facade shows miniature vaulted alcoves. There are thirty-eight panels of wall paintings besides floral designs painted all over the ceiling and the arches leading into the temple. The temple walls are adorned with murals of Navagrahas, Nakshatras, themes from Puranas and epics.
Festivals and Celebrations
The festival of Navratri is celebrated for nine days in the temple. Millions of devotees visit the temple. Every year Navratri fair is organized at the temple complex during the months of Chaitra and Ashwin. Apart from this, the festival of Holi, Makar Sankranti, Dussehra, and Diwali are celebrated with great fervor.
How To Reach
By Air: Chandigarh airport (20 km) is the nearby airport to access the temple.
By Train: Chandigarh railway station (7 km) is the closest railhead.
By Road: The temple is located at a distance of about 10 km from the Chandigarh bus terminus and 4 km from the Panchkula bus terminus and can be reached by local buses or auto rickshaws.