hadimba-temple

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Hadimba temple is located 2.5 kms away from Manali, in a tranquil location amidst towering deodar trees. It is open all days of the week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is also known as the Dhoongri Temple, as it is located inside the dhoongri forest. The temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandava prince from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple has a four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and its doorway is engraved with legendary figures and symbols.

Inside the temple, there is a 3 inch tall brass image representing goddess Hadimba Devi. There is a shrine which is dedicated to Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima-Hadimba) and is located just about 70 metres from the temple. The best time to visit the temple is during May when it organises the three days Hidimba Devi Festival. This festival attracts devotees from all over and features colorful folk dance performances.