Hidimba Devi Temple (or Hadimba temple), which is also known as Dhungari Temple is located in Manali , a hill station town in the state of Himachal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, a forest-dwelling demoness who was also the wife of Bhima, an important figure in the Indian Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The Hidimba Devi Temple is a cave temple that is built around a cave where the demoness Hidimba is believed to have regularly prayed and performed meditation regularly.
During the exile of the Pandavas (the five brothers who are the main characters in the epic of Mahabharata) when they visited Manali, Bhima, the second brother, killed Hidimba’s demon brother Hidimb, and impressed by this, she fell in love with Bhima. Thereafter, Hidimba married Bhima. The temple stands as a commemoration to her and her story.
Hidimba temple is built in the well-known “pagoda style” - having 4-tiered roofs. Inside, there is a porch with a bench to sit on near to the entrance. The windows of the temple building are made of wood and are carved out of the same cave.
It is surrounded by pine trees and looks stunning, especially during the snowy winters of Manali.
The temple is situated in middle of pine trees, in a breath-taking and peaceful location It is open to visitors from 8 AM to 6 PM Daily, and there is no entrance fee for the visitors.
Joginder Nagar railway station in Himachal Pradesh state is the nearest station to Hadimba Temple, located at a distance of 165.3 km. But most visitors prefer the railway stations of Chandigarh or Ambala cities, as these connect to major cities of the country.
The nearest major airport to reach this place is the Indira Gandhi international airport at Delhi , which is located 562 kms or 349.2 miles away and takes about 11 hours to reach by road.