Do You know:-
that the Hadimba Temple in Manali is Dedicated to the Rakshasi Devi Hadimba, who is the wife of Bhima, and mother of Ghatotkach a figure in the Indian epic Mahbharata.
Let me take you in the flashback of this temple:-
I think you all have heard about Ghatotkach and Bhima
Bhima who was among the five Pandavas
Gatotkach was Bhima’s Son and the Rakshasi Devi Hadimba was Bhima’s wife.
This Place tells the Story of the little part of the Epic MAHABHARATA.
The Pandavas stayed in Himachal during their exile.
The strongest person there named Hidimba and her brother Hidimdi, the attacked Pandavas, and in the ensuing fight Bhima, who was the strongest amongst the Pandavas, killed Hidimbi.
And then Hadimba falls in love with Bhima, then they got married and had a son, Ghatotkacha, (who later proved to be a great warrior in the war against Kauravas).
When Bhima and his brothers returned from exile, Hidimbi did not accompany him, but she decided to stay back and did Tapasya so as to eventually attain the status of a goddess.
So, this is the Story behind Hadimba Devi Temple.
The architecture of the Temple:-
Later in the reminiscence of Devi Hidimba Devi this temple was built by Raja Bahadur Singh in 1553 AD.
This wooden temple is beautifully designed in a Pagoda style.
The temple is built around a cave where Devi Hidimba performed meditation.
It is four-storeyed with flat roofs.
The Topmost roof is conical and clad in metal. The other roofs are covered with timber tiles. The temple is made of mainly wood and stones.
There are intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters high wooden- ‘Shikhar’ or tower above the temple.
Some Interesting Facts about this Place:-
- This temple is locally known as Dhungri Temple because it is surrounded by Dhungri Forest.
- An enormous rock occupies the inside of the temple, only a 7.5 cm (3 inch) tall brass image representing goddess Hidimba Devi.
- Inside the temple there is no idol installed instead the imprint of the feet of the Goddess carved on a block of stone are worshipped.
- Every May in Manali, a festival takes place at Hadimba temple in the sacred Dhungri forest to celebrate goddess Hadimba’s birthday.
- According to locals and legendary related to temple, animal sacrifices are still made here in Hadimba Devi’s honor.
Best time to visit:-
The temple is open on all days but the timings of the temple are from 8 am to 6 pm.
Make sure to visit it at the time when it is open and plan your trip accordingly.
Things to do Here:-
There are many things to do in Manali, which will make your trip memorable.
There are many things to do on the Manali trip, but adventure plays a major role. Here are some of the Best things to do in Manali…….
- Manali is the best place if you are trekking for the first time. There are various organizers of trekking in Manali and you can get in touch if you want to participate in one of them.
- There is a beautiful Van Vihar Park which is maintained very well and has so many sky torching deodar trees.
- Vashisht Jogini Waterfall Trek is one of the shortest treks to savor trekking.
- You can easily Rent a Bike in Manali and go for a ride in Mountains.
- There is a famous Manu Market that offers books, clothes to fashionable accessories, handloom products, electrical appliances, footwear, utensils, crockery and a lot more.
- Choose appropriate Clothing according to Weather conditions.
- Please Do not Carry any Leather made items inside the Temple like your Wallet, belt etc.
- Do not Pollute the Environment.
- Do not carry plastic and other hazardous material with you.
Dhungri, Hadimba Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131, India.
How to Reach There:-
There is no direct connectivity of flight between New Delhi and Manali instead you can take a flight from Dehli to Chandigarh and then after Reaching at Chandigarh you can take a flight from there to Bhuntar (Kullu-Manali) Airport.
Manali is Just 50 km away from Bhuntar (Kullu-Manali) Airport.
Hadimba Devi Temple is Only 2 km away from the Main Market of Manali. You can take a Cab or Auto ride from here.
But I personally recommend you to go there on your own feet believe me it will be great fun.