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There are different interpretations of the term ‘Haryana’ where some scholars opine that it is a derivative of the Sanskrit words ‘Hari’ (Vishnu) and ‘Ayana’(home), thus translated to “the abode of God”; some believe that the name comes from the compound of the words ‘Harit’(green) and ‘Aranya’(forest); again there are some who are of the opinion that the name may be a corruption of ‘Abhirayana’ since the ancient inhabitants were the ‘Ahirs’ who ruled Haryana under the Moguls.
Haryana is believed to be the most economically developed Indian state of South Asia as its agricultural and manufacturing industries have experienced sustained growth since 1970s.
Punjab and Himachal lie in the north, whilst Rajasthan lies to its west and south. It surrounds Delhi on all three sides. Consequently, a large area of south Haryana is included for purposes of planning for development.
Haryana has four main geographical features: the Yamuna-Ghaggar plain which forms the larger part of the state; the Shivalik Hills in the north-east; semi-desert sandy plain in the south-west; and the Aravalli Range in the south.
The climate is arid to semi-arid with soaring temperatures in the summers but winters are mild, so the best time to visit the state is between October and March when you can conveniently miss the hot summers and the rainy season. The weather is cold but pleasant.
There are a plethora of options for sightseeing in Haryana. It is one of the few Indian states that have a proactive tourism policy where golf, adventure, sports and highway tourism spots have been developed. Man-made and natural lakes have been utilized as resort complexes. The picnic-spots and places of interest are picturesque with scenic surroundings. Trips to Badkhal lake, Dabchick, Karna lake, or to Damdama with family are ideal for a day’s groupouting; again the Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore makes for an ideal sightseeing spot. The gardens were designed by the foster brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is home to hundred of bird species, including flamingos. This getaway has a museum, watch-towers and hideouts. So visitors have plenty to check out in Haryana.
Haryana is a cattle-rich state and has plenty of milk and milk products on its menu. Curd and lassi (curd drink) are consumed every day. The emphasis is on food that is wholesome, fresh and prepared with little or no fuss at all, much like its people who are simple, earthy and are inextricably linked to the land.
It is the ‘Land of Rotis’ as you will find people fond of eating different kinds of chapattis here.
A typical Haryanvi thali would include kachri ki sabzi, singri ki sabzi, hara dhania cholia, methi gajjar, kadhi pakora, mixed dal, bathua raita, tamatar ki chutney, besan-masala roti makhan, bajra aloo roti makhan, bhura roti ghee, mithe chawal, kheer, churma and malpuas.
Chaas is an instant cooler for summers; lassi made from yogurt is very popular and almost a meal in itself.
Festive celebrations in Haryana are marked with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor. The state participates in almost all the festivals taking place in the country, the most vibrant one being ‘Teej’ which is celebrated to welcome Monsoon. Like in Punjab, festivals of Haryana also enliven your spirits – a warm welcome from the monotonous schedule of regular life. These celebrations are almost always accompanied by certain ritual practices to bring luck, peace, health and prosperity for the people. Dance, music, processions, fairs are regular accompaniments.
Besides the popular Indian festivals of Holi and Diwali, people in Haryana celebrate Lohri (celebrating fertility and spark of life), Basant Panchami (kite flying spring festival), Gangore (springtime festival), Janmashtami (celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna), Guggapir (celebrated a day after Janmashtami) and Dussehra (just before Diwali).
The Mango Festival and the Kurukshetra Festival have become popular annual events in the state of Haryana. Schedule your vacations during the state celebrations and catch the festive fever!
The state is predominantly agrarian and their folklore, folksongs and celebrations revolve around sowing, reaping, coming and going of seasons. Women in Haryana traditionally practice the craft of needlework on bedspreads, garments and other textile products. The most famous patterns have the ‘phulkari’ or floral motifs. Haryana also has the craft tradition of hand-woven durries that have floral, bird and animal motifs. Leather craft, especially the ‘jutties’, is a unique product from Haryana.
The annual crafts fair at Surajkund, close to Delhi, is a major attraction with Indian and foreign travelers looking to buy traditional Indian crafts straight from the crafts persons. The fair, held for a fortnight every February, showcases the very best of Indian handicrafts, arts, traditional music, dance forms and is a huge draw.
Kartik Cultural Festival is a major annual event in Haryana, organized by Haryana Tourism Department, held at the Nahar Singh Palace and fort complex in Ballabhgarh. The aim is to promote art forms in martial arts, Indian classical music, dance as well as the region’s rich ancient folk theatre tradition.
Gurgaon, in a way, may be called the cultural hub of Haryana. Other places of cultural interest include Kurukshetra, Faridabad, Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Panipat and Karnal.
One can go shopping in Haryana for buying embroidered jutties (shoes), ‘phulkari’ embroidered salwar kameezes, bedspreads, cushion covers, woolen garments, hosiery and carpets. Gurgaon has emerged as a modern and commercial city; it is a place with varied shopping opportunities. Rewari, Panipat, Ambala, Faridabad, Rohtak are other shopping destinations in Haryana with scores of upscale markets and malls serving as enviable one-stop shopping solutions to buyers.
Haryanvi has traditionally been the dominant mother tongue in Haryana, with standard Hindi being spoken as a second language. However, Haryanvi has no official status as it is seen as a dialect of Hindi; thus Hindi is the official language and the most commonly spoken one in the state. English is a much used language of the urbane populace in Haryana.
By Road: Mansa Devi Temple is in Panchkula. One can reach this temple quite easily in any bus, car, auto or taxi from the train station.
By Train: Chandigarh rail station is the closest rail head. It’s well connected to Indore, Delhi, Amritsar, Firozpur and other places.
By Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport to this temple with regular flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other places.GET DIRECTION
There are few eateries and small tea and snack stalls in and around the temple. Besides, Puzzles – The Cove, Baker’s Lounge, Gopal’s, Nik Baker’s are some of the best eateries in Panchkula.
From October till March are the most favored months to visit this place.
There are two temples inside the premises – Shri Mansa Devi and Patiala Temple. Navratri festival is an important attraction of this temple. Serenity and peaceful atmosphere makes this temple a worth visit!
Cactus garden: With wide collection of cactus and other exotic floras, this garden is a must-see!