Mata Mansa Devi is a Hindu sanctuary devoted to goddess Mansa Devi, a type of Shakti, in the Panchkula area of Haryana state in India. The sanctuary complex is spread of 100 sections of land (0.40 km2) of the Shivalik lower regions in the town of Bilaspur, close to Mani Majra, and Panchkula, 10 km from Chandi Mandir, another prominent Devi sanctum in the locale, both simply outside Chandigarh.
It is one of the noticeable Shakti sanctuaries of North India including 7 goddesses, to be specific Mata Mansa Devi, Naina Devi, Jawalamukhi, Chintpurni, Brajeshwari, Chamunda Devi and Jayanti Devi. A great many aficionados visit the sanctuary from different pieces of the nation, and particularly during the Navratra mela, this number ascents to lakhs ordinarily for the nine promising days.
There are 3 sanctuaries in the mind boggling and principle sanctuary is the most established. Maharaja Gopal Das Singh of Mani Majra, who was enthroned in 1783, developed the current primary sanctuary of Shri Mansa Devi, which is arranged on the Shivalik lower regions in town Bilaspur, Tehsil and Area Panchkula, during the period 1811–1815. A good ways off of 200 meters from the principle sanctuary is the Patiala Shivalaya sanctuary which was developed by Karam Singh, a Jat Sikh, the then Maharaja of Patiala in the year 1840. This sanctuary had the support of Manimajra Regal State. There are 38 boards of divider works of art just as botanical structures painted on the roof and curves prompting the sanctuary, which as indicated by an engraving were painted by Anged in Vikram Samvat 1870 (813 CE).
After the merger of Royal states into PEPSU the Support of State Govt. finished and the sanctuaries stayed ignored. The Raja of Manimajra then selected pujari as ‘khidmatuzar’ to serve this sanctuary whose obligation was to revere the god of the sanctuary.
After the merger of august State into PEPSU these pujaris got autonomous in the matter of controlling and dealing with the issues of the sanctuary and the land connected to the sanctuary. They could neither keep up this sanctuary nor give essential offices to the meeting enthusiasts and along these lines the state of the sanctuary weakened step by step. To such an extent that there were no legitimate game plans for explorers visiting the sanctuary during Navaratra melas. Accordingly, the Legislature of Haryana assumed control over the sanctuary and set up the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Sanctum Board (SMMDSB) Panchkula trust to deal with the sanctuary. The complex was in dreadfully ignored condition till the foundation of the Board.
Sanctuary the board
The sanctuary complex and its condition are by and by cared for by Shri Mata Mansa Devi Altar Board (SMMDSB) Panchkula which is a trust. Taking into account the fame of the sanctuary for its fanciful and authentic noteworthiness and furthermore for satisfying the desires of the lakhs of enthusiasts swarming to the complex, the Legislature of Haryana by an authorization (Haryana Act No. 14 of 1991) dedicated as Shri Mata Mansa Devi Holy place Act 1991 assumed control over the control of this sanctuary to accommodate better framework improvement, the board, organization and administration of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Altar and its gifts including terrains and structures appended to the Hallowed place. A Hallowed place Board with Boss Priest of Haryana as Administrator was established for running of the Sanctuary and safeguarding the legacy of the area.
Navratra celebration is praised in the mandir for nine days. Twice in a year a huge number of aficionados visit the sanctuary. Shardiya Navratra mela are composed at the sanctum complex during Chaitra and Ashvin months. Consistently two Navratra melas are sorted out in the period of Ashvin (Shardiya, Sharad or Winter Navratra) and other in the long stretch of Chaitra, Spring Navratra by the Hallowed place Board.
Lakhs of enthusiasts pay regard during the Navratra mela held in Ashvin and Chaitra and sanctuaries stay open for the duration of the day. These melas are of 9 days length each time and finishes up on the ninth day. The sanctum Board makes expound game plans for the agreeable remain and darshan of the fans. The board makes courses of action for the arrangement of Chhowldari, rose convenience, durries, covers, impermanent toilets, transitory dispensaries, mela police post and lines.
During the mela, Obligation Judges and Nodal Officials are designated to care for the lovers and smooth lead of the mela. On the seventh and eighth day of Navratras, the sanctuaries of Hallowed place Complex are shut uniquely for two hours during the night for cleaning support of the sanctuaries. For the remainder of Navratras, the sanctuaries stay open for darshan from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.