Hadimba Temple, Manali

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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  • Excellent 106
  • Very Good 95
  • 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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  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
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31 Video Reviews for Hadimba Temple

Madhu Maddy

  • Connoisseur
  • Madhu Maddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 413 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  241 helpful votes
  •  14489 readers
  • Posted 3 months ago
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 311

Himanshu

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  • Himanshu
  • Lives in Delhi
  •  1 helpful vote
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 222

Akashkr Patel

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  • Akashkr Patel
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 211

Nitish Kumar

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  • Nitish Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  10 readers
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  58 readers
  • Posted Dec 30, 2016
Overall Rating
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Mrinal mishra

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  • Mrinal mishra
  • 1 Review
  •  3 readers

"Manali- City of dreams" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  •  32 readers

"Awesome Manali"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  42 readers

"Necessary getaway from busy life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  78 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
  •  301 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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Tushar Mehta

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1099 photos
  • 129 Reviews
  •  120 helpful votes
  •  94222 readers

"Most famous & religious Place of Manali"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2017
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
  •  1300 readers

"Good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2017
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
  •  1993 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
  •  7436 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
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  12901 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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