Hadimba Temple in Manali is one of the famous tourist places in Manali for the guests. Is around 1.5 kms from the Mall Road.
There are a lot of inns in Manali which are headed from Mall Road to Hadimba temple.
It is an old wooden temple of four storey, situated amidst thick woodland known as Van Vihar. The temple is devoted to Goddess Hadimba and built in 1553.
Hadimba, a “Rakshashi” in the Mahabharata has been idolized and is loved around there. As indicated by Mahabharata ‘Hadimba Rakshash’ controlled a portion of the sub-sloping tracts of the Himalayas. His sister was Hadimba or Hadimba.
The Hadimba Temple has unpredictably cut wooden entryways and a 24 meters tall wooden “shikhar” or tower over the asylum.
The tower comprises of three square rooftops secured with timber tiles and a fourth metal cone-formed rooftop at the top. The earth goddess Durga shapes the topic of the principle entryway carvings.
Hadimba temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-shrouded stonework. A huge rock involves within the temple, just a 7.5 cm (3 inch) tall metal picture speaking to goddess Hadimba Devi.
A rope hangs down before the stone, and as indicated by a legend, in past days religious radicals would tie the hands of “delinquents” by the rope and afterward swing them against the rock.
About 70 meters far from the temple, there is a hallowed place committed to Goddess Hadimba’s child, Ghatotkacha who was conceived after she wedded Bhima. According to another legend, the planner of the temple needed to lose his hand for this magnum opus.
Lord feared duplication of the expert art and he requested draftsman’s hand to be cut. This account may have some part of reality and truth, with just the temple being a quiet witness.
It is additionally said this couldn’t stop the expert modeler, who prepared his left hand and at the solicitation of the general population, executed an even better temple at Trilokinath in Chamba.
The temple is likewise known for a reasonable held each year in Hindu month of Sravan in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh, who assembled the temple.
The reasonable is prevalently known as Bahadur Singh Re Jatar among local people. There is another reasonable too which is hung on fourteenth May every year in the festival of birthday of Hadimba Devi.
Ladies around and from Dhungri timberland come and commends this reasonable with music and move.
Hadimba Devi Temple has 24 m high tower. The three tiers of its square roofs are covered with timber tiles, while the conical roof is clad in metal.
The unadorned walls of mud-covered stonework contrast with the wooden doorway, which is elaborately decorated with miniature depictions of Goddess, attendants, animals and stylized foliation.
On the beams above the doorway appear the Navagrahas, female dancers an isolated scene from the Krishna story.
As per another legend, the architect of the temple had to lose his hand for this masterpiece. King was afraid of duplication of the master craft and he ordered architect’s hand to be cut.
This anecdote might have some portion of reality and truth, with only the temple being a mute witness. It is also said that this could not stop the master architect, who trained his left hand and at the request of the people, executed an even finer temple at Trilokinath in Chamba.
The temple is also known for a fair held every year in Hindu month of sawan in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh, who built the temple.
The fair is popularly known as Bahadur Singh Re Jatar among locals. There is another fair too which is held on 14th May each year in the celebration of birthday of Hadimba Devi.
Women around and from Dhungri forest come and celebrates this fair with music and dance.
How To Reach Hadimba Temple Manali
The hadimba temple is about 3 km from Manali Town. One can hire a cab or auto to reach here.
How to reach Manali Himachal Pradesh
Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport at Kullu which is 10 km from Manali. The airport is connected by Vayudoot services with Delhi and Chandigarh. Airlines also operates flights from Delhi to Kullu. One can hire taxis, autos from airport. The bus services from Kullu to Manali are very regular and depart daily. The other nearest airport is in Chandigarh and Delhi.
Rail: The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar (126 kms from Kullu & 166 kms from Manali). The closest broad gauge railheads are Chandigarh (397 kms from Kullu and 357 kms from Manali) and Ambala (355km.)
Road: Kullu and Manali both the places are on the National Highway No. 21. Motorable roads and regular bus services connect Kullu & Manali to most of the important places in Himachal Pradesh and the neighbouring states. By road the distance from Delhi to Manali is 570 km and from Shimla the distance is 280 km. Volvo nightbuses make the 14-hour run from Delhi to Manali.