Hadimba Temple Overview

Ranked 4 of 50 sightseeing in Manali

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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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

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
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Reviews and Ratings

Justin Prasad

Justin Prasad4.3/5

22 reviews

A must visit place in Manali.

Hidimba Devi Temple - One of the central attractions of Manali. The temple is surrounded by a pine tree forest. Located just 2 km away from Mall Road. A must visit in Manali.
  • A must visit place in Manali.

Kedar Bhagwat

Kedar Bhagwat5.0/5

19 reviews

Calm & Beautiful

Visit to Manali can not be completed without a visit to Hadimba temple. Temple is good. location is in between lots of trees. your can stretch your legs a bit roaming around. can get a guide to learn about history of the temple.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh4.3/5

559 reviews

Ancient unique temple in the mountains

Dedicated to the wife of Bhima, this temple is unique in shape and location. The temple is located among the mountains and is built on a rock. Supposed to be built in 1553 it's cone shaped structure is new. The temple is surrounded by the the cert trees and besides being an important pilgrimage site the aesthetic sense of the place is awestruck.
  • Ancient unique temple in the mountains
  • Ancient unique temple in the mountains

Arpita Bhowmick

Arpita Bhowmick5.0/5

4 reviews

Hidimba Devi Temple

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

Renusharma5.0/5

2 reviews

Good temple in Manali is mata hadimba temple

Hadimba temle in manali is awesome place to visit 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 funrenu sharma karsog north indialovely place and awrsome locations.

Ranjeet Rana

Ranjeet Rana5.0/5

3 reviews

Good temple

Nice place to visit you guys have fun with your friends and family and my family and friends who here for holiday suvggest 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.

Pandit Karan

Pandit Karan5.0/5

4 reviews

Awesome place

Hadimba temple is an ancient temple situated in manali. It is a very famous temple.people of himachal 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.

Navin

Navin4.3/5

86 reviews

"Temple of Hadimba Devi'

"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.

Mrinal mishra

Mrinal mishra5.0/5

1 review

Manali- City of dreams

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.

Rahul saxena

Rahul saxena5.0/5

1 review

Awesome Manali

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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