Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known as Hadimba temple is one of the main tourist places in Manali for the visitors. It is around 1.5 kms from the Mall Road. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of Hidimb, who was a character in Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The Sancuary is built over a huge rock jutting our of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
There are plenty of hotels in Manali which are on the way from Mall Road to Hamdimba temple. It is an old wooden temple of four store, located in the middle of dense forest known as Van Vihar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba and was erected in 1553. It comes in Kullu Manali best places to visit for travellers.
The History of Hadimba Temple
Hadimba a Rakshashi in the Mahabharata has been deified and is worshipped in this area. According to Mahabharata Hadimba Rakshas ruled some of the sub mountainous tracts of the Himalayas. The Hadimba Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 Mtrs tall wooden shikhar or tower above the sactuary. The tower cosists of three sware roofs covered with timber tiles and fourth brass cone shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings. The temple is made out of whitewashed mud covered stone work. An enourmous rock occupies the inside of the temple and a 7.5cm tall brass image reprenting goddess Hhadimba Devi. A rope hangs down in front of the rock, and according to a legend in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of sinners by the rope and thin swing them against the rock. About 70 mts away from the temple there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Hadimba's son Ghatotkacha who was born after ths married Bhima.
The Temple is also known for a fair held every year in Hindi month of Sravan in the meory of Raja Bahadur Singh who built the temple. There is another fair too which is held on 14th May every year in the celebration of the birthday Hadimba Devi. Woem around and from surrounding villages come and celebrates the fair with music and dance.
Who Built Hadimba Temple in Manali
Raja Bahadur Singh Built hadimba temple in Manali and there is a fair being held every year known as Bahadur Singh Re Jatar among kullu manali local peoples. Birthday of Hadimba devi fair is also held on 14th May every year with music and dance.
In their move about without a definite purpose the Pandavas and their mother, came to the territory of Hadimb Rakshash after escaping from wax house. Bhima fell in love with Haimba and wanted to marry her but the condition was that he could marry her only after killing the brother. Both lived in the area for about one year and then he joined his brother and mother. On the other side Hadimba gave birth to a son 'Ghototkachh'. , Hadimba looked after her country till the time ghototkach was a child. She withdran to the hills for meditation at Dhungri Van Vihar etc.. Thereafter a Temple was raised and She became Hadimba Devi. She was having supernatural powers and was kind to her people. Hadimba became the patron-deity of the Rajas of Kullu
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According to Hira Nand Shastri this temple is an antique of about 500
years old. There is noo idol is cherised and only a foot print on a
stone has been kept. It was Raja Bahadur Singh who
built the temple is serve by a Mela held on the first of Savan annually
named as 'Bahadur Singh Re Jatar.' This Mela is also called as Saroohni.
As Kullu Manali is meant for Rohtang Pass, same way now a days Hadimba Temple is also the popular tourist attraction known.