Hadimba Temple, Manali
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Hadimba Temple

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About Hadimba Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 8.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 8.00 AM - 6.00 PM

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.

Situated at the foot of the Himalayas, the temple is surrounded by a cedar forest. Dating back to 1553, the temple is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshipped as an image of the deity.

The patron-deity of the Rajahs of Kullu, Hadimba married Bhima, the Pandava brother. Legend states that the Pandavas stayed in Himachal during their exile, where Bhima was attached by Hadimb.

After killing her brother, Bhima married her. In the final years of her life, she went to the woods called Dhungri Van Vihar to meditate. At the place of her meditation, the temple was built in the year 1553 in Pagoda style. The wooden four-storey structure is also known as the Dhungri 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.

In a ceremony called ‘ghor pooja', blessing of the ceremonial horse by the goddess is sought, which marks the commencement of Dussehra celebrations. On 14th May, a huge fair is also held at the temple to celebrate her birthday. During the celebrations, rice beer or ‘longri’ are relished.

The door of the temple is adorned with beautiful carvings of images of Goddess Durga. Above the sanctuary lies a 24 metres tall wooden 'shikhar' or tower. Three square roofs, covered with timber tiles, adorn the shikhar. The shikhar also has a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top.
 

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  • Good 80
  • Average 26
  • Below Average 5
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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28 Video Reviews for Hadimba Temple

Madhu Maddy

  • Connoisseur
  • Madhu Maddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 366 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  197 helpful votes
  •  14115 readers
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 256

Ankit Mishra

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  • Ankit Mishra
  • Lives in Jaipur
  •  10 readers
  • Posted Apr 12, 2017
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 498

Mohit Jain

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  • Mohit Jain
  • Lives in Chalisgaon
  • 1 Review
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  58 readers
  • Posted Dec 30, 2016
Overall Rating
6/7
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Bhumi Prajapati

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  • Bhumi Prajapati
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1055 readers
  • Posted Apr 19, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 277

Manhar Oza

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  • Manhar Oza
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review
  •  9 helpful votes
  • Posted Apr 19, 2017
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 261

Chinmay Jindal

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  • Chinmay Jindal
  • Lives in Mandi Dabwali
  •  2 helpful votes
  • Posted Apr 11, 2017
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 244

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Tanaya gupta

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  • Tanaya gupta
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  25 readers

"Beautifully constructed temple at a beautiful loaction"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice and serene place. You get to click traditional photos in traditional outfits holding basket and rabbit.
No fuss in going in the temple. You can have maggi and much more outside temple.
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Vijay kumar sahu

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  • Vijay kumar sahu
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  142 readers

"Good place to enjoy nature's beauty."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is worth travelling to the place and enjoy nature's beauty. Best time to visit in the evening. The ride on Yak is enjoyable for kids. Parking is a bit problem therefore, local conveyance is more desirable.
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Tushar Mehta

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  • Tushar Mehta
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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1085 photos
  • 128 Reviews
  •  118 helpful votes
  •  91411 readers

"Most famous & religious Place of Manali"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the must see place in Manali. Full of crowd. All age of people roaming here, sitting here. Street food, Ice gola, local games, rides, shops everything available for tourist. Temple is located between lots of trees.
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Aishwarya m

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  • Aishwarya m
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1156 readers

"Good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good place to visit for spirituality. Place filled with positive energy, but the persons with selling things in temple is ridiculous without them the place is very good to visit
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Manisha Agnihotri

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  • Manisha Agnihotri
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1897 readers

"Temple of Hadimba"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2017
Hadimba temple is devoted to Hidimba wife of Bhima and gave birth to their son Ghatotkacha.
Temple has a very unique architecture. The Hidimba Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden "shikhar" or tower above the sanctuary.
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Prashant gangwal

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  • Prashant gangwal
  • 5 Reviews
  •  7373 readers

"Nature has arranged the trees"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 15, 2017
Beauty of nature is everywhere in himalaya. Here the trees which are naturally arranged very well. The place is very clean. You can do the noce photography
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Gitika

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  • Gitika
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  12453 readers

"Beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2017
Hadimba Temple is located in Manali. The temple is surrounded by the cedar forest at the foot of Himalaya. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba devi, wife of Bhim. The temple is one of the popular sights of Manali.
The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the rock which was worshipped as the deity.
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Abhi Sharma

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  • Abhi Sharma
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4201 readers

"Nice temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 14, 2017
Head start up of the trip and sightseeings .. Feeling awesome startup with hadimba devi temple. And I want visit again in this temple with my family. Hadimba devi temple is situated is in very well location. And the temple have a good park and in the snowfall looking so beautiful.
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Vinayak mhapseker

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  • Vinayak mhapseker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 168 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  50 helpful votes
  •  6628 readers

"One of the oldest temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2017
This temple is one of the oldest temple and is believed to from 1547. The Temple is made of fully wood. It is said that Dev bhim from Mahabharata married to the devil hadimba in this jungle and it is here that they got a child ghatothkach. People can visit this place from mall road which is around 3 km distance. The Temple is on the hillside so would recommend people with low stamina to take a taxi from mall road which would Hardly take 150 for a one way drive to the temple. One can even do activities like ice skating, wearing traditional clothes, taking photo on yak, etc. Must visit place if you are in Manali. Also visit small ghatothkach temple 50 metres away from hadimba temple. Nearby attractions are the Manu temple, mall road, van vihar, the castle, manaslu river.
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Shivam Shukla

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  • Shivam Shukla
  • Lives in Sultanpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4577 readers

"Hadimba temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2017
Its a very nice temple. And there is too much gate to enter and exit ... If you are really exciting and wants to go then visit atleast once ... And enjoy the moment you want to spend ... There is also a tree famous at that temple ...
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