Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba Devi Temple, also known variously as the Hadimba Temple,is located in Manali,a hill station in the State of Himachal 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, Mahabharata .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 worshipped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553. The Hidimba Devi temple is built around a cave where Hidimba performed mediatation. Hidimba was supposed to be live here with her brother Hidimb, and not much is known about their parents. Born in the Rakshas family, Hidimba vowed to marry one who would defeat her brother Hidimb, who was supposed to be very brave and fearless. During the Pandava’s exile, when they visited Manali Bhima, one of the five Pandvas, killed Hidimb. Thus, Hidimba married Bhima, and gave birth to their son Ghatotkacha.

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