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HIDIMBA DEVI TEMPLE

  • State - Himachal Pradesh
  • District - Kullu
  • Address - Hadimba Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131
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  • Religion - Hindu
  • Type - Goddess Hidimba


Hidimbi Devi Temple, locally known as Dhungiri Temple,also known variously as the Hadimba Temple, is located in Manāli, a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahābhārata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest called Dhungiri Van Vihar at the foot of the Himālayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553.The Hadimba devi temple was built in 1553 AD by Maharaja Bahadur Singh.The temple is built around a cave where Devi Hidimba performed meditation. Hidimbi was supposed to have lived there with her brother Hidimb, and not much is known about their parents. Born into a Rakshasa family, Hidimba vowed to marry one who would defeat her brother Hidimb, who was supposed to be very brave and fearless. During the Pandava's exile, when they visited Manali; Bhima, one of the five Pandavas, killed Hidimb. Thereafter, Hidimba married Bhima and gave birth to their son Ghatotkacha.

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