Mansa Devi Temple in Panchkula is one of the wanted pilgrimage destination amongst Hindus. It is dedicated to Mansa Devi or Shakti. Spreading over 100 acres of land, the temple nestles at the foothills of Shivalik hills. Devotees from all over the nation pay a visit to this temple specially during the Navratra Mela.
The temple was constructed by Maharaja Gpla Singh during 1811-1815. It stands for the Himalayan faith and culture. Himalaya is considered as the habitation of Shiva and Shakti. Other than this temple there are many other temples around Panchkula where Shakti is worshipped.
Archaeological ruins are derived from this region which focuses on the traditional culture of the people in the yester years. Shaktism is the cult which is thoroughly practiced in this region of India. Mansa Devi is popular amongst her devotees as the goddess who blesses with boon in keeping with her name.
Navratri is celebrated with zest and enthusiasm in the temple. It continues for nine days when devotees pour in to offer their prayers. Yatrika called Jatayu is arranged by the Haryana Tourism. Shardiya Navratra mela takes place during the months of Ashvin and Chaitra.
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Proper arrangements for accommodation and darshan during Navratri is aranged by the temple trust. Tented accommodation, durries, blankets, temporary toilets, temporary dispensaries, mela police post and lines are some of the conveniences available during this time of the year. Strict steps are taken to manage the movement of devotees.
Due to its archeological and mythological importance and for the devout devotees who throng here for fulfilling their wishes, Haryana Government has taken steps to improve the infrastructure, management and administration of the shrine. Surrounding land and buildings are also taken under consideration. It is being preserved as one of the heritage sites of the region.
The temple is decorated with thirty eight panels of wall paintings. The arches and the ceiling is adorned with floral paintings. Though not very artistic they reflect various themes. The architecture of the main temple represents Moghul architecture with domes and minarets.
The temple is a drive of 10km from Chandigarh and 4km from Panchkula. Local buses and autorickshaws are readily available as the means of transportation. Special buses are offered during Navratri. Chandigarh is the destination if one is travelling through airways and railways.