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Haridwar has very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. In the ancient scriptures of India, this place is well known by the name of Mayapur.

This city is also well known for many other things apart from the holy river Ganges. Haridwar has privilege of having IIT at Roorkee, formerly known as University of Roorkee, founded in 1847 as a first technical institute of India.

The city has one of the "navratna PSUs of India" i.e BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals India Ltd.).




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Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar
Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: मंसा देवी मंदिर, हरिद्वार) Is A Hindu Temple Dedicated To Goddess Mansa In The Holy City Of Haridwar In The Uttarakhand State OfIndia. The Temple Is Located Atop The Bilwa Parvat] On The Sivalik Hills, The Southernmost Mountain Chain Of The Himalayas. The Temple Also Known As Bilwa Tirth Is One Of The Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) Within Haridwar. The Temple Is Known For Being The Holy Abode Of Mansa, A Form Of Shakti And Is Said To Have Emerged From The Mind Of The Sage Kashyapa. Mansa Is Regarded As The Sister Of The Nāga (serpent) Vasuki. The Term Mansa Means Wish And It Is Believed That The Goddess Fulfils All The Wishes Of A Sincere Devotee. Devotees Who Want Their Wishes To Be Fulfilled By Mansa Tie Threads To The Branches Of A Tree Located In The Temple. Once Their Wishes Are Fulfilled, People Come Back Again To The Temple To Untie The Thread From The Tree. Mansa Is Also Offered Coconuts, Fruits, Garlands And Incense Sticks In Order To Appease Her. Mansa Devi Temple Is A Siddh Peetha Which Are The Places Of Worship Where Desires Get Fulfilled. It Is One Of Three Such Peethas Located In Haridwar, The Other Two BeingChandi Devi Temple And Maya Devi Temple. The Inner Shrine Has Two Deities Installed, One With Eight Arms And The Other One Three Headed With Five Arms. Mansa Devi Temple Is An Ancient Temple That Attracts People From Both Far And Near Due To Its Significance. The Temple Is Considered A Must Visit For The Pilgrims Going To Haridwar. It Enhances The Holy Tradition Of Haridwar Which Persists In The Place From Many Past Centuries. It Offers Views Of The River Ganges And The Plains Of Haridwar. To Reach The Shrine One Has To Either Follow The Trekking Route Up To This Holy Shrine Or Ride On The Recently Introduced Rope-way Service. The Rope-way Service Known As "Mansa Devi Udankhatola" Was Introduced For The Benefit Of The Pilgrims And It Caters To The Pilgrims Also To The Nearby Located Chandi Devi Shrine. The Rope-way Carries The Pilgrims From The Lower Station Directly To The Mansa Devi Temple. The Total Length Of The Rope-way Is 540 Metres (1,770 Ft) And The Height It Covers Is 178 Metres (584 Ft). On A Normal Day, The Temple Is Open Between 8 Am And 5 Pm, Except For Lunch Closings Of 12 Pm To 2 Pm.
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