Mansa Devi Ropeway, Haridwar - Cost, Timings, Where To Book
Being one of the most auspicious pilgrimages in Hinduism, the Mansa Devi temple in Uttarakhand has over millions of devotees visiting this ancient temple twice a year during the Navratra Melas. With the introduction of the ropeway, this has given many specially abled and elderly devotees convenient access to the temple than the usual trek.
Mansa Devi Temple Ropeway
The Mansa Devi temple is situated on Bilwa Parvat on Shivalik Hills. The two possible ways of reaching it are either by trekking or the famous ropeway. Tourists usually prefer going uphill by the ropeway and coming down on foot. The ropeway has also become a prime attraction for the tourists due to the breathtaking views and the adventure it entails. The cabins are quite colourful and provide a bird’s eye view of the entire town along with the meandering Ganges. The ropeway can either be boarded from Chanda Devi or the off pad of Mansa Devi, which is situated at the centre of town, at Upper road. Once there, you can find a fine bathroom and locker facilities. The wait time for the cabins is also very less (15 minutes max) and are adequately safe.
Cost: INR 100- INR 333 per person depending on the package. Yearly package available at INR 612 Mansa Devi Ropeway Timings: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM Online Booking: www.udankhatola.com Duration: 2 hrs approximately Nearby Places: Maya Devi, Chandi Devi, Rajaji National Park, Har ki Pauri Ghat
About Mansa Devi Temple
The Mansa Devi Temple is a famous temple in Haridwar in Uttarakhand that is dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi, who is considered to be a form of Shakti and is believed to have emerged from Lord Shiva's mind. Thousands of Hindus flock to the temple every year in large numbers to this temple, which is one of the 'Panch Tirths' or the five pilgrimages in Haridwar. The temple is also popularly known as Bilwa Tirth and is perched on the top of the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills.
Mansa Devi temple, also known as the Siddh Peeth. Mansa Devi, the reigning deity, was a manifestation of thought by Shiva. She is considered to be religiously inclined towards fulfilling the wishes of dedicated devotees. They are expected to tie a knot around an auspicious tree found at the temple. On achieving their wishes they are supposed to untie the thread or loosen it.
Mansa Devi Temple Timings: 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Closed for lunch at 2:00 PM), Aarti - 5:30 AM
The word Mansa means wish, and devotees firmly believe that the goddess Mansa fulfils all the wishes of a dedicated and sincere person who visits the temple. Thus, the magnificent temple is regarded as a 'Siddh Peetha', which is the term that is used to refer to places where desires and wishes get fulfilled. Together with the Maya Devi Temple and Chandi Devi Temple, the three temples constitute the three Peethas that are located in Haridwar.
The Mansa Devi Temple holds immense religious importance, not only because of the temple itself but also because it is located in Haridwar, which is believed to be one of the four places where drops of elixir fell accidentally while they were being carried by Garuda, Lord Vishnu's vehicle. This is perhaps why this grand temple has one of the highest footfalls of all temples in north India. The ropeways that lead up to it are yet another feature that adds to the magnificence of the temple and attracts tourists from all across the country.