A typical example of North Indian architecture Mansa Devi
Temple, lying in Bilaspur village, about three kilometers east of Mani
Majra in Chandigarh, has two temples dedicated to the goddess. It is
believed that the older temple was built by the ruler of Mani Majra.
According to a popular legend, the shrine was originally in the territory of erstwhile princely state of Nahan. Some hill people cut off the stream, which supplied water to the pilgrims visiting the temple, causing distress to the pilgrims. Thereupon, the goddess appeared in dream of Gurbaksh 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 Patiala State to commemorate his success in the battle against the Gurkhas.
The Main Festivity
The fairs are held twice a year in March-April (Chat Shudiashtami) and September-October (Asoj Shudi Ashtami).