Manali: Hadimba Temple

Posted: August 2, 2013 by randommuzings in India
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DSC06387Hadimba Temple or Dhungiri temple in Manali is a four story wooden temple is located in the Dhungiri forest. It was erected in 1553 dedicated to Goddess Hadimba and adjacent to it is a small open shrine dedica_DSC0138ted to Ghototkchh. The intricately carved pagoda type 2.5 m tall 4-tiered roofing wooden temple was built by Raja Bahadur Singh (a Kullu king) and thereby Hadimba came to be regarded as the patron goddess of the Kullu kings. There is no enshrined idol, only a foot-print on a stone representing Hadimba Devi. Goats are sacrificed to them both each year during Dussehra festival (‘Ghor Pooja’) to keep them appeased and the horns of the goats adorn the outer temple walls. The wood carvings are of animals, birds and also goddess Durga and seemed to be influenced by Indo-Persian art.


Hadimba was a ‘Rakshashi’ in the Mahabharat whose brother Hadimb ruled this area of the Himalayas. In their wanderings the Pandavas, along with their mother, came to the territory of Hadimb Rakshash. Bhima fell in love with Hadimba and married her  after killing her brother. The pair lived in the valley for about a year after which Bhima joined his brothers and mother. Hadimba gave birth to a son  ‘Ghototkachh’. Till Ghototkachh was a minor, Hadimba looked after her country. She retired to Dhungri f_DSC0134or meditation, when her son Ghototkachh took over the country. Hadimba acquired supernatural powers owing to ‘tapashya’ and became to be worshiped as Devi.


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