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Hidimba Temple

#Temple in Manali

Hidimba Temple is an ancient cave temple built in honor of Hidimbi Devi who was the wife of Bhim, one of the five Pandava brothers from the Indian epic Mahabharata. Built over a huge rock which was worshiped as an image of the deity, it is surrounded by cedar forest. It’s a beautiful temple located at just 5 minutes drive from Mall road.

The unadorned walls of mud-covered stonework contrast with the wooden doorway, which is elaborately decorated with miniature depictions of goddesses, attendants, animals and stylized foliation. An isolated scene from a Krishna story appears on the beams above the doorway featuring female dancers called Navagrahas. The temple is also known for a fair that is held every year in Hindu month of Sravan (23 July-22 August) in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh, who built the temple. The fair is popularly known as Bahadur Singh Re Jatar among locals.

Special in Hidimba Temple: On 14th May each year , a fair is organized on the occassion of Hidimba Devi’s birthday. Women around and from Dhungri forest come and celebrate with music and dance.

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