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Dalhousie

Dalhousie, Chamba, IndiaDalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills. Named after Lord Dalhousie...

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Manali Pilgrims - Himachal Pradesh

Hadimba Devi Temple

Hadimba Temple, Manali, HimachalHadimba, or Dhungri Temple as it is called, is one of the best known shrines in the area. Built around a small natural cave and surrounded by dense forests, the temple is believed to enshrine the footprints of the goddess Hadimba, the consort of the Pandava prince Bhima. The beautiful architecture of this four tiered 16th century pagoda shaped temple with an exquisitely carved door is one of the high points of local craftsmanship.

Only 1.5 km away Dhungri Devi Temple was built in 1553 in honour of Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Pandav Bhima. It is four-tiered pagoda style structure amidst the greenery and tall trees of ManaliA festival is held here in the month of May. There is a fun and amusement park near Hidimba temple where one can go in for paddle boating. The Museum of Traditional Himachal Culture is also close by and has artifacts of folk art from the Kullu valley.

ALMOST HIDDEN BY GIANT DEODARS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE VILLAGE DUNGRl STANDS THIS WOODEN TEMPLE DEDICATED TO GODDESS HADIMBA. AN INSCRIPTION ENGRAVED ON A WOODEN PANEL AT THE SIDE OF THE ENTRANCE RECORDS THAT THIS TEMPLE WAS CAUSED TO TO BE BUILT BY RAJA BAHADUR SINGH IN A YEAR CORRESPONDING TO A.D. 1553. THE SANCTUM IS COVERED WITH A THREE TIERED ROOF CONSTRUCTED OF NARROW WOODEN PLANKS. ONE OVER THE OTHER. THE THREE LOWER ONES ARE IN THE USUAL FORM PROJECTING CANOPIES, SHOWING TRACES OF THE WOODEN FRINGES HERE AND THERE. A LARGE METAL UMBRELLA. SURMOUNTED BY A METAL FINIAL FORMING THE FOURTH ROOF CROWNS THE SUMMIT OF THE TEMPLE. ON THE THREE SIDES THE TEMPLE IS ENCLOSED BY A NARROW VERANDAH WHICH IS RAISED TO A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 12 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. THE FACADE AND WINDOWS ON EACH SIDE OF IT ARE RICHLY CARVED AND PRESENT A HANDSOME APPEARANCE WHILE OVER THE ENTRANCE IS A WOODEN BALCONY. THE QUADRUPLE WOODEN DOORFRAME IS ORNAMENTED WITH CARVINGS OF VARIOUS DEITIES AND DECORATIVE DEVICES SUCH AS KNOTS, SCROLLS, PLAIT WORKS, ANIMAL FIGURES, POT-AND-FOLIAGE ETC. MAHISASURMARDINI AND A DEVOTEE WITH FOLDED HANDS AND SIVA WITH PARVATI ON NANDI ARE SHOWN ON THE RIGHT SIDE AT THE BASE WHEREAS DURGA, A DEVOTEE WITH FOLDED HANDS, VISHNU WITH LAKSHMI ON GARUDA ARE SHOWN ON THE LEFT SIDE. THE FIGURES OF GANESA IS IN THE CENTRE OF THE LINTEL. ON THE BEAM ABOVE THE LINTEL APPEARS NAVAGRAHA PANELS. THE UPPERMOST PART IS DECORATED WITH MOTIF OF BUDDHIST CHARACTERS. IN VIEW OF ITS HISTORICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL IMPORTANCE THE TEMPLE WAS DECLARED PROTECTED AS A MONUMENT OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE VIDE NOTIFICATION NO.P. 414-167 DATED 18-041967.
HIDIMBA DEVI TEMPLE, MANALI

The Goddess Hadimba is revered in this area. Goddess Hadimba was the sister of the 'Rakshash Hadimb' who ruled the mountains and was feared by all. When Bhima, the Pandava brother met Goddess Hadimba, he fell instantly in love and wanted to marry with Goddess Hadimba. But Bhim had to kill her brother first. After the death of her brother, Goddess Hadimba proved to be a good queen. Goddess Hadimba was fair and loved by all the people. Goddess Hadimba finally went to the forest called Dhungri Van Vihar to spend her last years in mediation and it is at this spot that the Goddess Hadimba temple was built. Also known as the Dhungri temple, it is a wooden four-storey structure and is built in the pagoda style. It looks almost like something out of a Japanese painting. You won’t find an idol in the temple, just a foot print on a stone. The Goddess Hadimba temple was built in 1553 and is an important one in this area. An interesting but real story surrounds this temple of Goddess Hadimba. Apparently the king who commissioned this temple was so awestruck by its beauty that he ordered the artist’s right hand cut so he wouldn’t be able to repeat his masterpiece. The artist determined not to sacrifice his craft, trained his left hand to carve and built a bigger and more beautiful temple in Chamba. The people in Chamba were so happy with his new creation that they beheaded him, lest he build another temple. Over the years Hadimba became the patron Goddess of the Rajas and the goddess’s blessings had to be taken before every coronation and a buffalo sacrificed after each one. Today, the Dussehra celebrations commence with the blessing of the ceremonial horse by the goddess in a ceremony called ‘ghor pooja'.  A huge fair is also held at the temple on 14th May to celebrate her birthday. Rice beer or 'longri' flows like water and both men and women drink, dance and celebrate all night. A place worth stopping by! This temple is approachable by a foot path close to Hotel Rohtang Manas lu or via Hotel Kalpana, Devei Dyar and Chetna before Log Huts and it is almost 1.5 Km by road. A little higher up and 4 Km from Manali is a small but picturesque lake named after the sage Bhrigu.

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