Holy Places In India - Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba Devi Temple is located in Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It is an ancient cave temple, dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima of the Indian epic Mahabharata. It is one of the most popular temples in Manali. It is also known as Dhungiri Temple. Tourists visiting Manali definitely come to see this temple. The temple is a four-storied structure situated in the middle of the forest. The locals have named the temple after the surrounding forest area. Being situated in the hill station, a large number of tourists gather here to see this temple during the snowfall. You will be surprised to know that there is no idol of Goddess installed in this temple but the footprints of Hidimba Devi are worshiped in Hidimba Devi temple.


The Hidimba Devi Temple is built in the middle of a sacred cedar forest near the town of Dungri on the verge of the Himalayan mountains. Hidimba is believed to have returned to take care of the state after Bhima and the Pandavas left Manali. It is said that Hidimba was a very kind and just ruler. When his son Ghatotkacha grew up, Hidimba placed him on the throne and went to the forest to meditate for the rest of his life. Hidimba continued to perform austere penance by sitting on a rock to erase his demonic or demonic identity. After many years of meditation, her prayers were successful and she had the distinction of being a goddess. In honor of the austerity and meditation of Hidimba Devi, this temple was built on top of this rock in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. The temple is built around a cave. After the temple was built, devotees started coming here to worship Hidimba Devi.


The Hidimba temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, the second brother of the Pandavas. Hidimba was a demon who lived in the area with his brother Hidimba. She vowed that whoever defeated her brother Hidimb in a fight would marry her. During that time, when the Pandavas were in exile, Bhima, the second brother of the Pandavas, killed Hidimba to save the villagers from the tortures and atrocities, and thus Hidimba was married to Mahabali Bhima. Bhima and Hidimba had a son Ghatotkacha, who was killed while fighting for the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra war. This temple dedicated to Goddess Hidimba is known as Hadimba Temple.


The specialty of Hidimba Devi Temple is that this temple has been constructed in Pagoda Style due to which it is quite different from the normal temple and the center of attraction of the people. This temple is made of wood and has four roofs. . The three roofs under the temple are made of cedar wooden planks and the fourth or top roof is made of copper and brass. The roof below the temple i.e. the first roof is the largest, above it i.e. the second roof is smaller than the first. , The third roof is smaller than the second roof and the fourth or upper roof is the smallest, which when viewed from a distance, is seen in the shape of an urn. Hidimba Devi temple is 40 meters high conical and the walls of the temple are made of stones. . Beautiful carvings have been done on the entrance and walls of the temple.The temple has a wooden door over which there are small paintings of Goddesses, animals etc. Frame beams There are navagrahas and female dancers of a story of Lord Krishna.The temple does not have an idol of the goddess but a huge stone is placed on her footprint which is worshiped as the Deity's Deity. About seventy meters from the temple is a temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha, son of Goddess Hidimba.


Every year in the month of Shravan a festival is organized in the temple at the Hidimba Devi temple. It is believed that this festival is celebrated in memory of Raja Bahadur Singh who built this temple. That's why local people have named this fair - Bahadur Singh Re Jatar. Apart from this, on May 14, another fair is organized on the occasion of Hidimba Devi's birthday. During this time, local women celebrate with music and dance in the Dungri forest area. The temple is said to be about 500 years old. The fair held in Shravan month is known as Sarrohni Mela. This fair is held after completion of transplanting of paddy. Apart from this, Dussehra Festival is also organized in the temple during Navratri, in which a long line of devotees is engaged for darshan.


The temple remains open throughout the week and is not closed on any day. There is no fee for entering the Hidimba Devi temple. The temple opens at 8 am in the morning and closes till 6 pm in the evening. During this time, devotees who worship and visit the temple gather here to see the temple. Inside this temple, you can take pictures without any restriction and can spend two to three hours.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
The nearest airport to Hidimba Temple is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu which is 10 km from Manali. This airport is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by air services. After reaching here, you can reach Manali by hiring a taxi, auto from the airport. Bus service from Kullu to Manali is very regular and departs daily. Hidimba Devi Temple is 3 km from Manali town where you can reach by rickshaw or auto.

BY TRAIN
The nearest railway station of Hidimba temple is Joginder Nagar. Which is 126 km from Kullu and 166 km from Manali. You can reach here via train from Chandigarh, Ambala or other cities. Then by reaching Manali by bus one can go to Hidimba temple by rickshaw or auto.

BY ROAD 
Both Kullu and Manali are situated on National Highway No. 21. Regular bus services connect Kullu and Manali to most important places in Himachal Pradesh and neighboring states. The distance from Delhi to Manali is 570 km by road and 280 km from Shimla. Volvo Nightbus reaches Manali from Delhi in 14 hours. You can come here by bus as per your convenience.

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