: Near Panchkula, Haryana Dedicated To
MANSA DEVI TEMPLE
lies in Bilaspur village, about three kilometers east of Mani Majra (Chandigarh UT). There are two temples here. The older one is said to have been built by the ruler of Mani Majra (1815 AD). The legend is that originally the shrine was in the territory of erstwhile while Princely state of Nahan and the stream which supplied water to the pilgrims visiting the temple was cut off by some hill people causing great distress to the pilgrims. There upon the goddess appeared in dream of Gurbax Singh, ruler of Mani Majra and asked him to construct a temple for her at this place. This temple contains thirty-eight panels of wall paintings besides floral designs painted all over the ceiling and the arches leading into the temple. The drawings of the temple are not of high standard but a great variety of themes is illustrated. The other temple is said to have been constructed by Maharaja Karam Singh of erstwhile while Patiala State 1861 AD to honor his success in the battle against the Gurkhas. The fairs are held twice a year in March-April (Chat shudiashtami) and September-October (asoj shudi ashtami).
The Main Festivity
The fairs are held two times a year in March-April (Chat Shudiashtami) and September-October (Asoj Shudi Ashtami).