Hidimba Devi Temple

Built around the 16th century, the Hidimba Temple in Manali is dedicated to the Demoness Hidimba. As the story goes, Hidimba, the sister of the rakshas Hidimb, had vowed to marry the one who could defeat her brother. The Pandavas, on their exile, were passing through the region when they came across the duo. Bhima defeated and killed the demon Hidimb, and then married Hidimba, siring a son, Ghatotkach, who would later play a role in the great battle of Kurukshetra. The people of the region worship Hidimba as a goddess, and the temple, renowned for its intricate woodwork and 24 feet tall pagoda style wooden 'shikhara' is said to have been built near the cave where she performed her 'Tapasya'. There is a 3-inch tall brass statue of the goddess inside the temple, which receives the offerings of the believers. The scenic setting of a dense pine forest further adds to the mystique of the locale. The main festival is held in May each year, with other deities from across the region being ceremoniously escorted in procession to celebrate the birth of Devi Hidimba, considered the 'Mother Goddess of the Valley'.

About Hidimba Devi Temple

Built around the 16th century, the Hidimba Temple in Manali is dedicated to the Demoness Hidimba. As the story goes, Hidimba, the sister of the rakshas Hidimb, had vowed to marry the one who could defeat her brother. The Pandavas, on their exile, were passing through the region when they came across the duo. Bhima defeated and killed the demon Hidimb, and then married Hidimba, siring a son, Ghatotkach, who would later play a role in the great battle of Kurukshetra. The people of the region worship Hidimba as a goddess, and the temple, renowned for its intricate woodwork and 24 feet tall pagoda style wooden 'shikhara' is said to have been built near the cave where she performed her 'Tapasya'. There is a 3-inch tall brass statue of the goddess inside the temple, which receives the offerings of the believers. The scenic setting of a dense pine forest further adds to the mystique of the locale. The main festival is held in May each year, with other deities from across the region being ceremoniously escorted in procession to celebrate the birth of Devi Hidimba, considered the 'Mother Goddess of the Valley'.

Outstanding Universal Value

Maharaja Bahadur Singh is said to have commisioned the Hidimba Devi Temple in the 1550's. Set in a scenic locale within a dense pine forest near Manali, the temple has some outstanding examples of the woodwork in its intricately carved pillars, doors and lintels. It is customary to ring the massive bells to announce one's arrival to the goddess, who is regularly consulted in times of natural calamity and hardship. As the presiding deity of the valley, she also receives animal sacrifices, a tradition harking back to the earliest days of the temple.

Monument Information

Address

Hadimba Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Lal Bhuntar Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Joginder Nagar
  • Nearest Bus Station : Manali Bus Stand

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 8:00 AM
  • Closing Time :6:00 PM

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 16°C, Minimum: 5°C

    Summer : Maximum: 12°C, Minimum: 3°C

    Winter : Average Temperature: 04 °C

    Recommended Season to Visit : March - June; September - October

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Cafeteria
  • Signages (In Braille as well)
  • Ramps for differenly abled
  • Benches
  • Toilets for Ladies & Gentleman
  • Drinking Water Facility
  • Publication & Booking Counter

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Contact Details

  • C.G.O. Complex
  • Phone: 91-177-2650584/1170 (T/F)
  • E-mail: circleshi.asi@gmail.com

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Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
Non Ticketed
Free Entry
for all visitors.

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