Hadimba Temple in Manali
is one of the major tourist attractions comes in local tourist places.
It is a four storey wooden temple. Located in the middle of dense forest
Called Van Vihar and from the name of the forest only the temple drives
its name. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba and was erected
in 1553. There are lots of hotels in Manali
which are nearby Hadimba temple.
THE HISTORY OF HADIMBA TEMPLE
Hadimba in Mahabharat has been idealized and worshipped in this particular
area. In Mahabharat few of the sub mountainous tracts of the Himalayas
were ruled by Hadimb Rakshah. Hadimba was his sister.
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
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.