Hidimba Devi Temple

Country: India

State : Himachal Pradesh

Locality/City/Village: Manali

Address :Hadimba Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131, India

God : Devi

Category : Famous temples

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Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimbi Devi Temple is also famous with the name Hadimba Temple, which is situated in Manali, a hill station in the State of Himachal Pradesh in north India. People say it is an ancient and old cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, who was the wife of Bhima, a famous figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a dense forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is over a haven hillock in the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was constructed in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh.

How To Reach:

By Air: 32 KM from Kullu Airport

By Train: Around 50 KM from Ahju Railway Station

By Road: Few Minuit Distance from Old Manali

History

Devi temple is surrounded around a cave where Hidimba performed meditation for a long time. Devi Hidimba lived there with her brother Hidimb, and their parents are not much popular. The siblings were born into a Rakshas family,  Hidimba took a vow to marry one, who would defeat her brother Hidimb and supposed to be very brave and fearless. The Epic Mahabharata states that the Pandavas stayed in Himachal during their exile. And during their exile, when they visited Manali; Bhima, one of the five Pandavas, killed Hidimb, who was the brother of Hidimba. Thereafter, Hidimba married Bhima and gave birth to their son ‘Ghatotkacha’. They had a son whom they named Ghatotkacha. However, when Bhima and his brothers returned from exile, Hidimba did not accompany them and decided to stay back to perform a tough penance to attain the status of a goddess in the end.

Pooja Timings

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