The Hadimba Davi Temple:
Hidimba davi temple located in the middle of the snowcapped hills of Manali, is a unique temple dedicated to the Goddess Himbiba, who was the wife of Bhima and the mother of Ghatothakach. Surrounded by a magnificent cedar forest, this beautiful temple is built on a rock which is believed to have been in the form of the goddess Hidimba.
Locally known as Dhungari Temple, the construction style of Hidimba Devi Temple is completely different from any other temple with its wooden doors, walls and cone shaped roof. This temple is a suitable offering to its deity Hadimbara. Hidimba Devi Temple, locally known as Dhungari Temple, also known as Hadimba Temple, is located in Manali, a hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Bhima’s wife Hidimbi Devi, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple was surrounded by a cedar forest called Dhungiri Van Bihar in the foothills of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built on a huge rock away from the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553s by Maharaja Bahadur Singh.
Architecture of Hidimba Devi Temple:
Built in the style of a pagoda, the Hadimba temple has four floors with a flat roof. The top roof is conical and covered with metal, the other roofs are covered with wooden tiles. The temple is mainly made of wood and stone. Above the temple are wooden doors and a 24 meter high wooden ‘shikhar’ or tower.
The main door of the Hidimba temple is decorated with paintings of Goddess Durga. Made of white washed stone at the base of Hadimba temple. The interior has been kept as simple as possible. The wall is adorned with various designs of Hindu deities, various animals etc. The temple does not have any idol of Goddess Hidimba. The sanctum sanctorum consists of the gorge where Hidimba sat for meditation. A few meters away from the Hadimba temple is a temple dedicated to Hidimba and Bhima’s son Ghatotkacha. It consists of a stone block with the imprint of what is believed to be the Hidimbar foot.
History of the connection between the Hadimba Davi Temple and the Mahabharata:
The Hadimba temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the second brother of the Pandavas, the wife of Bhima. Hidimba was a Mandi, who lived in this area with his brother Hidimba. He promised that he would marry Hidim in any battle he could defeat. During the exile, the Pandavas killed Hidimba, the second brother of Pandava Bhima, to save the villagers from oppression, and thus won Hidimba’s hand in marriage. Bhima and Hidimbar had a son named Ghatottach who died fighting for the Pandavas in the battle of Kurukshetra. A shrine dedicated to him is built near the Hadimba temple.
After Bhima and the Pandavas left Manali, Hidimba returned to look after the kingdom. It is said that he was a very kind and just ruler. When his son Ghatotkacha came of age, Hidimba abdicated his throne and went to the forest to dedicate the rest of his life to meditation. It is said that Hidimba was doing hard austerities to expose her crazy identity. After many years of meditating on rock, her prayers were answered and she gained the glory of being a goddess. The Hidimba Devi Temple was built on this rock in 1553 in honor of her austerities.
Importance of Hidimba Davi Temple:
The story takes us back to the days of the Mahabharata. The Pandava brothers and their mother reached the area after fleeing to the ‘Laksh’ palace without any damage. In those days the region was ruled by Hidim Raksha. He had a sister Hidimbi (Hadimba). She fell in love with Bhim. He reciprocated his feelings. They were both able to get married after killing her brother. The couple lived in the valley. A year later, Bhima went to join her brother and mother. Shortly afterwards, their son was born near Ghatot. Hadimba took good care of her son until he was a minor. When Ghotokacha became a warrior, he went back to the inner mountains for meditation. Eventually his son conquered the country and became popular as a good administrator. Hadmiba meditated in the Dhungri region near Manali. He attained supernatural powers after austerities. He was very kind and thus it became quite popular among the locals. They built a ‘pagoda’ style temple and dedicated it to Goddess Hadmiba. This is how the Hadmiba temple in Manali was built. About 70 meters away from this temple is a shrine dedicated to Ghatkanch.
Worship and festival of Goddess Hidimba:
The people of Manali worship Goddess Hidimba in this temple during the Navratri festival. During the Dussehra festival, the idol of Goddess Hidimba is taken to Dhalpur Maidan from where he blesses the official horse. This tradition is called “horse worship”. There are long queues of devotees outside the Hadimba temple during Navratri. Worship of Goddess Hidimba. The people of Manali worship the goddess Hidimba as a deity. Goddess Durga was worshiped by all Hindus across the country during Navratri, but the people of Manali worship Hidimba. Rows of people can be seen outside the temple.
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Que: What is the openning hours of Hidimba Devi Temple (Dhungari Temple) ?
Ans: Hidimba Devi Temple’s (Dhungari Temple) openning hours: Every morning 8 am- 6 pm.
Que: Should I book tickets for Hidimba Devi Mandir (Dhungari Mandir) in advance?
Ans: As Hidimba Devi Mandir (Dhungari Mandir) can be crowded, we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your place.
Que: How much does it cost to see Hidimba Devi Temple (Dhungari Temple) 2021?
Ans: Currently, an entrance ticket to the Hidimba Devi Temple (Dhungari Temple) costs US19.00. US19.00 per public tour.
Que: What is the best way to experience Hidimba Devi Temple (Dhungari Temple)?
Ans: The best way to experience Hidimba Davi Mandir (Dhungari Mandir) is:
- Luxury Shimla Manali 7 day trip including Chandigarh and Delhi.
- A 12-day private trip from New Delhi to Himachal Pradesh.
- Honeymoon tour package from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh.
- On flights to Kullu, Manali and Shimla.
There is no entrance fee.
How to reach:
The temple is located just 2 kilometers from the main city center of Manali and you can access this destination by bus, taxi or on foot.
By air: The nearest airport to Hadimba Temple is Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar, 52.5 km away. You can hire a car or taxi to reach the temple from the airport which can take you about 2 to 2 and a half hours.
By rail: The Joginder Nagar railway station is located at a distance of 165.3 km from the nearest station to the Hadimba temple.
By road: Lots of buses ply daily from Delhi to Manali. Manali is connected to major cities in northern India by bus. The availability of a seat should not be a problem at any time, from state seater buses to private operators to semi-sleepers.