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Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali

Hidimba Devi Temple is located in Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It is an ancient cave temple, dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima of the Indian epic Mahabharata. This is very famous temple in Manali, Himachal Pardesh. It is also known as Dhungiri Temple. Tourists visiting Manali definitely come to see this temple. The temple is a four-storied structure situated in the middle of the forest. The locals have named the temple after the surrounding forest area. Being situated in the hill station, a large number of tourists gather here to see this temple during the snowfall. You will be surprised to know that there is no idol of Goddess installed in this temple but the footprints of Hidimba Devi are worshiped in Hidimba Devi Temple. 

The Hidimba Devi Temple is built in the middle of a sacred cedar forest near the town of Dungri on the verge of the Himalayan mountains. Hidimba is believed to have returned to take care of the state after Bhima and the Pandavas left Manali. It is said that Hidimba was a very kind and just ruler. When his son Ghatotkacha grew up, Hidimba placed him on the throne and went into the forest to meditate for the rest of his life. Hidimba continued to perform hard austerities on a rock to eradicate his demonic or demonic identity. After many years of meditation, her prayers were successful and she had the distinction of being a goddess. In honor of the austerity and meditation of Hidimba Devi, this temple was built on top of this rock by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553. The temple is built around a cave. After the temple was built, devotees started coming here to worship Hidimba Devi. The specialty of Hidimba Devi Temple is that this temple has been constructed in Pagoda Style due to which it is quite different from the normal temple and the center of attraction of people.The temple is built of wood and has four roofs. The three roofs below the temple are made of cedar wooden planks and the fourth or top roof is made of copper and brass.

The roof below the temple i.e. the first roof is the largest, above it i.e. the second roof is smaller than the first, the third roof is smaller than the second roof and the fourth or upper roof is the smallest, which when viewed from a distance, is seen in the shape of a vase. The Hidimba Devi temple is 40 meters high cone shaped and the walls of the temple are made of stones. Beautiful carvings have been done on the entrance and walls of the temple. The temple has a wooden door over which there are small paintings of Goddesses, animals etc. In the frame of the frame are the Navagrahas and female dancers of a story of Lord Krishna.
There is no idol of the Goddess in the temple but a huge stone is placed on her footprint which is worshiped as the Deity's Deity.
About seventy meters from the temple is a temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha, son of Goddess Hidimba.

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