Panchkula is a planned city in the Panchkula district, Haryana, India. It forms a part of a continuous area with the union territory of Chandigarh and the city of Mohali.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple, located on the foothills of Shivalik Range, is an epitome of age old tradition of ‘Shakti’ worship in northern India. Symbol of Himalayan culture and faith, the temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti. About 200 years old, the temple complex contains two temples. Out of the two temples, main temple is dedicated to Mansa.
Mansa is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum both in the form of ‘pindi’ as well as in her anthropomorphic form executed on a marble. In the form of Pindi (Stone pebbles) of the sanctum sanctorum, the goddess is worshipped with Devi Saraswati and Lakshmi. Deity of the temple is beautifully adorned with crown and other ornaments. Main temple manifests a typical Mughal architecture, which is represented by domes and minarets.
Panchayatana pattern represents the architecture of the temple. Architecturally, the main shrine (Fifth shrine) that is located in the centre is surrounded at the four cardinal corners by four shrines. Every shrine depicts four minarets at four corners with a cupola on its top. Onion shaped, the domes stand on an elongated circulator drum. Miniature vaulted alcoves are present on the facade of the temple.
Yadvinder Garden, also known as Pinjore Gardens, is a Mughal garden. Oldest garden in northern India, it bears links to ancient Aryan times. Near the garden, ruins of Bhima Devi Temple and ancient baths are present. Within the garden, palaces including Rang Mahal, Shish Mahal and Jal Mahal are present. Built by Fidai Khan in 17th century AD, the garden is one of the most popular picnic spots.
Plants nursery, a Japanese garden, a mini zoo, historic palaces and picnic lawns are present within the garden. After dusk, fountains are switched on, especially at weekends. On Baisakhi (Spring) festival in April and the Mango Festival in June and July, special programs are organised in the garden. Flora of the garden comprises palm trees, shapely cypresses, mango and dense groves of trees.
Seven terraces of the garden descend into the distance, instead of ascending, unlike other Mughal gardens. Spread over an area of 100 acres, the garden was planned on the classical Charbagh pattern by Nawab Fidai Khan, an architect and foster brother of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Shish Mahal (Palace of glass), the Rang Mahal (Painted palace), and the cube-like Jal Mahal (Palace of water) were also constructed under his supervision.
Fun City is an amusement and water park that offers a combination of adventurous rides. Spread over an area of 43 acres, it is the largest amusement and water park in North India. The park offers hi-tech hydraulic rides, in addition to a wave pool, three landing pools, lazy river, splash pool, typhoon tunnel and even an Aqua Disco.
Comprising 16 different types of slides and rides, Wunder Water, the water park of Fun City, is a favourite with kids. Lazy River, splash pool, aqua dance, slides like white multi lane, typhoon tunnel, white slide, red dragon slide, run away raft slide and pendulum slide are the other interesting rides.
Raipur Rani was ruled till Indian Independence by descendants of the founder who were titled Rao Sahib. Founded in 1420 by a Chauhan Rajput named Rao Rai Singh, it is located on the Chandigarh- Nahan-Paonta Sahib-Dehradun Highway. At a distance of 11 km from the town, the sacrosanct Temple Complex of Sharda Mata is located. Situated on the border of Harayana and Himachal Pradesh, this temple is dedicated to Maa Saraswati, Goddess of education.