Mansa Devi temple in Haridwar is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. Haridwar is an ancient town and a prime pilgrimage destination for Hindus and has many temples, of which Mansa Devi is one of the primary piths (or pilgrimages). Therefore, it sees busy footfalls all-round the year. Haridwar also happens to be my second home and I keep visiting it once in 2 months atleast (read my previous posts here, here and here). This time around, we planned to visit Mansa Devi Temple, as I was somehow feeling a spiritual pull (which I could not pinpoint); my husband was feeling the same and so on an early morning, we visited the Mansa Devi Temple.
I am sharing my travel notes for the benefit of religious traveler or anyone wanting to visit the Mansa Devi temple when in Haridwar.
The Mansa Devi temple is located on a hillock and the easiest way to reach the temple is to take a ride on the Cable Car (called Mansa Devi Udan Khatola Seva). Since the temple is always thronged by devotees, the best time to visit would be early mornings.
We reached the Cable Car booking office at around 6:30 am and found that there were already devotees lined up to book tickets. The booking office opens at 7 am in the off season and 6 am in the peak season. The price for two way journey on the cable car is INR 70/- per adult (with discounts for physically challenged). I must mention that the Cable Car service is ISO 9001:2008 certified, which means it goes through system of safety checks as per ISO standards. In fact, I found the cable car service, which includes booking tickets, going through the security checks and manning of the cable car was done diligently & timely (and for someone whose profession is Environment Health and Safeguards, you can take some assurance on my opinion!!). It took us 10 minutes of ride on the cable car and a total of 30 minutes (from booking the tickets to taking our places in the queue of the cable car to reaching the temple complex, after getting off from the cable car) to reach Mansa Devi Temple complex.
There is a walking path to the temple also and it takes around one hour to reach the temple from this path (which is concreted pathway). There are some faithful devotees who choose to walk all the way up to the temple. There are a number of shrines within the temple complex and it takes around half hour to make offerings /pray at all of the gods & goddesses. I would not go into details of what we did as it was intensely personal (and spiritual) visit for me & husband. However, talking about logistics, there are toilets and food facilities available in the temple complex, if one requires the same.
In summary, here are my tips for Mansa Devi Temple Visit:-
Start Early for the Temple visit, mornings are the best time.
Take the Cable Car to reach the Temple
Donot carry any valuables
Please Don’t Litter!!