Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali

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

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10:15 AM

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Current temprature- 7.31, Minimum - -7.34, Maximun - 7.31
light snow with humidity 63% and Wind speed of 0.6 mph.

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Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Hadimba Temple mostly called as the Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. This Temple of four wooden stories is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar. The temple derives its name from the forest parkland near the temple.It is located on a deodar covered hill in Manali, some 3kms from the bus stop and few minutes walk from Old Manali. It is an ancient cave temple built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh. Built over a huge rock, the sanctum is covered by three tiered roof of wooden planks. The fourth metal umbrella completes the outermost covering. The ‘shikhar’ or the wooden tower is 24m tall. The wooden facade and windows of the temple are richly carved. The quadruple wooden door frame is ornamented with carvings of various deities and other designs. The walls of the temple are strangely decorated with horns of animals.People come to visit this temple in large numbers not only to offer their prayers but also to witness the beauty exhibited in the construction of this temple. The temple does not contain any idol, just a footprint on a stone. Legend behind the construction of the temple states that the king who commissioned this temple was so awestruck by its beauty that he ordered the artist’s right hand to be cut. This was done in order to avoid his being able to repeat his masterpiece. The temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba and wife of Bhima one of the Pandavas from Mahabharata epic.Because of its architectural and historical importance the temple is protected as a monument of national importance. It is also one of the crowd-est destination around Manali Town.  One can enjoys a ride on a 'yak' and clicking of snaps with rabbit by paying some money. One can ejoys shopping of small local ornaments. There are cabs, autoricksaws available at the bus stand, which offer ride upto the temple. But walking through the deodar forest to the temple premises might give one the best experience to enjoy the scenic beauty of the town and surrounding areas.

How to Reach -

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Bhunter is 50 km from Manali
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Joginder Nagar, 165 km away. The closest broad gauge rail heads are Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (355 km).
By road
The distance from Delhi is 570 km and from Shimla the distance is 280 km.

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The Himalayan resort town or the ultimate vacation heaven in all of Northern India, Manali is a high altitude hill station nestled in the mountains. Located in the Kullu district, the holiday terminus has earned itself a reputation as a honeymoon destination and backpacking center. Being set on the Beas River, it serves as a gateway for skiing in the nearby Solang valley and for trekking in the Parvati valley. It’s a jumping off point for rafting, mountaineering, and paragliding in the mountains of Pir Panjal which is home to the infamous Rohtang pass.