Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba Devi Temple, know variously as the Hadimba Temple, is locate in Manali, a hill station in the State of Himachal Pradesh in north India. It is an cave temple dedicate to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surround by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himālayas.

The Hidimba Devi or Hidimbi Devi temple is around a cave where Hidimba performed meditation. Hidimba suppose to have live there with her brother Hidimb, and not much is know about their parents. Born into a Rakshas family, Hidimba vowed to marry one who would defeat her brother Hidimb. Who suppose to be very brave and fearless. During the Pandava’s exile, when they visited Manali; Bhima, one of the five Pandavas, killed Hidimb. ,after  Hidimba married Bhima and gave birth to their son Ghatotkacha.

The Hidimba Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden “shikhar” or tower above the sanctuary.[2] The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings.[3] The temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework. An enormous rock occupies the inside of the temple, only a 7.5cm tall brass image representing goddess Hidimba Devi. A rope hangs down in front of the rock,and according to a legend, in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of “sinners” by the rope and swing them against the rock.[4]

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