Best time to visit7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to doworship
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank2 out of 52 attractions in Manali
Located in the Old Manali region of Manali, this is the first temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is worshipped here in the form of Devi Shakti and this is a very popular temple of Himachal. The temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in the 16th Century to give respect to the wife of Bhima, the Pandava. It is said that Hidimbi, the brother of Hidimba agreed to marry anyone who could overpower her brother. Hidimba was known to be the strongest of all. Another legend says that once there was a fight between the Pandavas and Hidimba, in which Bhima, the strongest Pandava defeated and killed Hidimba who was from the demon clan. After this Hidimbi married Bhima and they had a son named Ghatotkach. When the Pandavas were returning from their exile, Hidimbi decided to stay back and start her meditation to gain ultimate power and get the position of a Goddess. The cave in which we find the temple today is said to be the same in which she had meditated. After her meditation she became an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The specialty of this temple is its pagoda styled 4-tiered roof and its beautiful wood carvings. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera and Navaratri. There is another fair which is organized here during the month of May.
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Reviews • 14
Hidimba Devi Temple is among the popular spots in Manali. It is famous for its history and is dedicated to Hidimba Devi (wife of Bhim).
After booking a lodge in the vicinity of the Mall Road, we started our exploration from the most popular attraction in Manali, The Hidimba Devi Temple. Surrounded by a cedar covered forest, this is a place where people come to acquire religious solace.
Today, after breakfast, visit the four and a half century old Hadimba Devi Temple, dedicated to the demon goddess Hadimba (an incarnation of Kali) and the Tibetan Monastery which houses several images of Lord Buddha and Tankha paintings. Later, visit the Solang Valley, a splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. This valley offers breathtaking views of glaciers ,snow-capped mountains ,peaks and lush greenery of the dense forest. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Manali (B, D)
How to Reach: Bus or taxi from ManaliMythology: This ancient temple in India is built around the cave wear rakshasi Hidimbi performed meditation. And don't freak out over a temple built for a rakshasi. The term 'rakshas' was used to define people living away from civilisation, in forests, leading a tribal life. Hidimbi would go on to marry Bheema (the Pandava) after he defeats her brother, Hidimba.
The Hidimba Devi Temple.!!Hidimba temple is one of the most famous places in Manali and I can definitely say that its worth visiting this place.Of course it is exclusive but a bit time consuming as Goddess Hidimba handles a large assembly of devotees gathered to enter her home and get her blessings. It is surrounded with tall Deodar trees on a huge perimeter and hemmed by River Manalsu.There are many misconceptions about presence of wild animals in here ,but there aint any except a couple of local lady carried Rabbits.
Hadimba temple and Vashihst .Few of the common tourist attractions in and around Manali.
Hadimba Devi Temple
It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. And in snow fall, it looks beautiful.
Next was the Hidimba Devi Temple, a temple beyond religious boundaries, where people come with different reasons. Some with religious view, some for internal solace and many to enjoy the peace it has. Totally made up of wood with skulls of various animals on its wall are like Locating bloom.
Well the temple is within manali .The temple is very well maintained and is worth a visit if in manali.
Temple is related to the Mythology Mahabarath of Hindu Culture. Temple is dedicated to Wife of Bema Hidimba Devi and opposite to this temple is Gatothgaja Temple dedicated to the great warrior son of Bema and Hidimba Devi Entry Free
I would call this place as a peace center. Hell lot of tourists but still peace centric.
Hidimba, mother of Ghatotkach, wife of Bhim is worshipped here in their local tribal way. The stairs to temple were very slippery due to hardened snow. it took a little bit longer time to reach because of its slippery stairs and it was raining at that time.
This ancient shrine was also featured in Mani Ratnam's film, Roja.