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Hadimba Temple in Manali Himachal Pradesh

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Location:  3 kilometers above Manali bazaar in jungle
Built in: 1553AD
Built By:Ruler of Kullu Bahadur Singh
Dedicated to:Goddesh Hadimba
Entry: free
Photography: Allow
Temple Timing: 6:00 Am to 10:00Pm
Visiting Timing:30 Mins
Best time to Visit: Oct to March
Nearest Railway Station: Manali Station
Nearest Air Port: Bhuntar

The Hadimba Temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of Hadimb, who was a character in the Mahabharata. Goddess Hadimba was the sister of the demon Hadimb who ruled the mountains and was feared by all.This four story wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar. From the name of the forest parkland this temple derives its name. This temple was erected in 1553 and is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba. The carved doors of the temple are made of wood and look extremely beautiful. The Hadimba Temple, also called the Hidimba Devi Temple, exhibits a beautiful 24m tall wooden tower. This tower has 3 square roofs covered with timber tiles which add further beauty to this structure. People come to visit this temple in large numbers not only to offer their prayers but also to witness the beauty exhibited in the construction of this temple.The temple does not contain any idol, just a footprint on a stone. Legend behind the construction of the temple states that the king who commissioned this temple was so awestruck by its beauty that he ordered the artist's right hand to be cut. This was done in order to avoid his being able to repeat his masterpiece. Owing to Hadimba's emergence as the patron goddess of the Rajahs, her blessing is considered necessary by them before every coronation. To seek her blessings, devotees sacrifice a buffalo at the temple, prior to every coronation.
History of Hadimba Temple Manali

Hadimba Temple was Constructed by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553 AD, Hadimba temple Manali is a much revered deity of the locals where the Goddess regularly consulted in times of natural hardship or calamity. According to locals and legendary related to temple, animal sacrifices are still made here in her honor. They further remarks that the Hadimb, the brother of Goddess used to rule some of the sub-mountainous tracts here. And at that time, Hadimba fell in love with most powerful Bhima who was one of the Pandava brothers. It is said that Pandavas happened to step into the territory of Hadimb having escaped the wax house unhurt. Later on Hadimba's request, Bhima killed Hadimb and married to her. However, they lived together for one year and during the course of time Hadimba also gave birth to a son who later famous as Ghatokachh. The temple is known to be 400 years old and is visited by local devotees on a regular basis. The architecture of the Vashistha temple in Manali shows the influence of the Pahari motifs. The Manu Rishi Temple of Manali is yet another fascinating shrine which had been made to pay respect to the oldest of human creators. There are five storeys in this temple of Manali which were erected by following the Pagoda architecture.

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The Hidimbi Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden "shikhar" or tower above the sanctuary. The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings. The temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework. An enormous rock occupies the inside of the temple, only a 7.5 cm ( 3 inch ) tall brass image representing goddess Hidimbi Devi. A rope hangs down in front of the rock, and according to a legend, in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of "sinners" by the rope and then swing them against the rock. About 70 metres away from the temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Hidimba's son, Ghatotkacha who was born after she married Bhima.

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How to Rich Hadimba Temple in Manali 

By Air:Bhuntar, which is 50 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs 1000. Bhuntar is connected to Delhi by air. Delhi is the major nearest airport, which is about 565 km away from Manali. Delhi airport is well connected with all major cities in India and many cities abroad.

By Rail: The Nearest Railway Station is Manali and Manali is Connected mostli Station.

By Road: Manali is well connected to other tourist destinations near by in Himachal by private deluxe bus services. State owned services are also available connecting Manali to other cities.
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