Hadimba Temple, Manali

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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  • Very Good 96
  • 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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  • Camera/Video allowed
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35 Video Reviews for Hadimba Temple

Madhu Maddy

  • Connoisseur
  • Madhu Maddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 505 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  467 helpful votes
  •  15048 readers
  • Posted Jul 13, 2017
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 312

Himanshu

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  • Himanshu
  • Lives in Delhi
  •  2 helpful votes
  • Posted Sep 17, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 222

Akashkr Patel

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  • Akashkr Patel
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • Posted Sep 17, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 211

Nitish Kumar

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  • Nitish Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  10 readers
  • Posted Sep 17, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 209

Ankit Mishra

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  • Ankit Mishra
  • Lives in Jaipur
  •  10 readers
  • Posted Apr 12, 2017
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 505

Mohit Jain

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  • Mohit Jain
  • Lives in Chalisgaon
  • 1 Review
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  58 readers
  • Posted Dec 30, 2016
Overall Rating
6/7
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Arpita Bhowmick

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  • Arpita Bhowmick
  • 3 Reviews

"Hidimba Devi Temple" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Loved visiting the temple. It's a nice walk up if you are ready to walk else most people take an auto from the main stand. Temple is really old and is surrounded by beautiful trees. Within city limit, one of oldest temple surrounded by full of trees looks like forest. Beautiful. Must visit if you are in Manali
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Renusharma

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  • Renusharma
  • 1 Review
  •  2 readers

"Good temple in Manali is mata hadimba temple" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hadimba temle in Manali is awesome place to visit we liked the place very much . We enjoyed yak riding . We took joy rids on the sea saw and tall zhulas . Great example of fun. Renu sharma karsog north india . . Lovely place and awrsome locations .
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Ranjeet Rana

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  • Ranjeet Rana
  • Lives in Shimla
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  28 readers

"Good temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to visit you guys have fun with your friends and family and my family and friends who here for holiday suggest all to visit Manali and visit hadimba. This is the best thing that I choose to go here on foot only from market. Hadimba is really good at the same time I suggest you to come back and get some nice memory of this place.
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Pandit Karan

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  • Pandit Karan
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  50 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hadimba temple is an ancient temple situated in Manali. It is a very famous temple. People of Michael have great faith and belief on the Goddess Hadimba. I visited hadimba temple with my family. We all enjoyed it very much. It gave eternal peace to mind. Very good, Must visit place in Manali.
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Navin

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  • Navin
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 6 photos
  • 55 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1745 readers

""Temple of Hadimba Devi'"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2017
"Hadimba Temple dedicated to HAdimba Devi wife of Bheema in Mahabharat and mother of Bhatotkch. The structure was buid in 1553. " Temple is situated near about Mall road so we can easily reach with soft time, surrounding of temple is awesome so overall if you visited Manali then you can must plan to visit Hadimba Devi Temple.
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Mrinal mishra

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  • Mrinal mishra
  • 1 Review
  •  90 readers

"Manali- City of dreams"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2017
The place was one of the best I have ever visited. Weather was very pleasant and the location is exquisite. A place once to be visited in your lifetime. Manali is such a great place to hangout.
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Rahul saxena

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  • Rahul saxena
  • 1 Review
  •  120 readers

"Awesome Manali"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 11, 2017
An unforgettable experience when my family visited Manali 27/01/2017. Snowfall was all over Manali & we felt that we are in Iceland covered with snow all over. Truly breathtaking Experience. You must Visit their but keep one thing in mind wherever you go don't through your garbage anywhere other than dustbin, Feel it like you are staying at your own home & from 'Staying' I came to staying & dining point in which Summer Villa Cottage was best with awesome hospitality.
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Ashish tomar

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  • Ashish tomar
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  130 readers

"Necessary getaway from busy life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2017
The hidimba temple was beautiful. The place is surrounded by tall trees and inside the temple you feel peace and serendipity. It is one of the most underrated place among all the other tourist destination of Manali.
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Tanaya gupta

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

"Beautifully constructed temple at a beautiful loaction"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 3, 2017
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
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  472 readers

"Good place to enjoy nature's beauty."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 18, 2017
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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