connected with the worship of Lord Shiva but far more widely
spread, is the worship of His Consort in the form of Shakti or the
Mother Goddess. The Goddess goes by many names like Durga, Kalika,
Chandi, Naina, Mansa, Sharda, Ambika, Kali and Bhawani among
foot hills are studded with temples dedicated to various names of
the Goddess. For a visit to these temples, one must drive into the
modern city of Chandigarh.
8 km from the Chandigarh bus stand, lies the holy siddh peeth of
Sri Mata Mansa Devi. Two temples have been built here. The
temple on the mound has been built by the Maharaja of Patiala to
commemorate his victory in a battle in 1861. The temple near the
parking lot is believed to be the main temple. It has been built
by the ruler of Mani Majra in 1815 A.D.
is very popular among patrons, for the Goddess is believed to
grant boons in keeping with Her name Mansa Devi. Fairs are held in
its vicinity during the holy days of Navratra when devotees throng
in lacs to pay obeisence to Her. Haryana
Tourism has set up its Jatayu
Yatri Niwas adjacent the Mata Mansa Devi shrine.
Mandir, lies some 10
km from Mata Mansa Devi shrine. It is a small but famous temple
worshipped as a Siddh Peeth- ( a place where wishes are granted).
It is after this temple that the town of Chandigarhgetsits name.
The temple falls on the Chandigarh- Kalka stretch of the national
highway number 22. The Navratras sees thousands of devotees
thronging to the temple.
along this highway the runis of the Bhima Devi temple lie
in the small hamlet of Pinjore. This is a picturesque location
built on the rising foot hills of the Shiwalik mountains. The Bima
Devi temple is an archaeological site that dates to the 11th
century AD and projects the Panchayatan style of temple
architecture. The temple is currently in runis. However, effort is
on to design a site museum here to display the findings of the
town lies on the Ambala-Shimla national highway. It forms the last
stretch in Haryana, after which the highway passes into Himachal
Pradesh. On this highway, lies the famous temple of Kalka Devi.
Built on austere lines, the temple boasts of a large following in
the area with special festivities held inthe days of Navratra.