Himachal Pradesh is a state which is associated with many religious texts like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. The state is also famous for many mythological stories and temples. One of these is the Hidimba Devi temple. Present in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, this temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, the wife of Bhima of the Indian epic Mahabharata. It is a popular temple not only in Manali but in the whole of Himachal Pradesh. Any tourist who goes to visit Manali reaches to visit this temple.

In this article, we are going to tell you some interesting information related to this temple. Let's know.

What is the history of Hidimba Temple?

This ancient temple is surrounded by deodar trees near the town of Dungri near the Himalayan Mountains. According to the legend, when Bhima and the Pandavas were on their way from Manali, they had given Hidimba the responsibility of looking after the kingdom. Another story is that when her son Ghatotkach grew up, giving him the burden of the kingdom, she went to the forest to meditate. After many years her prayer was successful and the goddess attained glory. The temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh at this place.

The mythological story of Hidimba Devi?

Hidimba was the wife of Bhima, the second brother of the Pandavas. It is said that Hidimba was a demonic being who lived in this area along with her brother Hidimb. It is said that she swore that she would marry whoever defeated my brother Hidimb in the battle. After some time the Pandavas reached here at the time of exile and there was a fight with Hidimb and Hidimb was defeated in the battle. Hidimba and Bhima got married after the war.

Interesting facts about Hidimba Temple

  • The Hidimba temple is said to have been built in the pagoda style. Being built in the pagoda style, it is very popular among tourists.
  • Let us tell you that this temple is not made of stone but made of wood. This temple has four terraces. The bottom three roofs are made of pine wood and the top is made of metal.
  • The door of this temple is also of wood. There is a picture of an animal and flower leaf on the door, which is believed to be a form of Hidimba.

Festival is organized

Yes, a huge festival is also organized here every year. This festival is organized near this temple in the month of Shravan. It is said that this festival is celebrated in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh. It is said that this fair is held after the paddy transplantation is completed. Local people believe that the construction of this temple is more than 500 ancient.

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