Hidimba Devi Temple
, also known as the Hadimba Temple
, is located in Manāli
, a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh
in north India
. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi
Devi, sister of Hidimba
, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahābhārata
. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himālayas
. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
The Hidimbi Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden "shikhar" or tower above the sanctuary. The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga
forms the theme of the main door carvings.
About 70 metres away from the temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Hidimba's son, Ghatotkacha
who was born after she married Bhima
A Mahabharat narration
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