The Hadimba Temple in Himachal Pradesh is one of the ancient Temples in the state. Situated in Dhoongri, a small village in Manali district, the Hadimba Temple is associated with the legend of the Mahabharata. Due to its location, the temple of Hadimba is also known as the Dhoongri temple. The temple was erected in 1553 and is dedicated to Goddess Halima. Hadimba Devi Temple has a 24 m high tower and has three tiers of its square roofs are covered with timber tiles, while the conical roof is clad in metal.
Hadimba Devi was the wife of Bhim, one of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. According to the legend Bhim married Hadimba Devi and they had a son. After some time Hadimba left Bhim and turned towards spirituality. The temple was later built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in her honour. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built the Hadimba Temple in the year 1533. The architecture of this temple is worth appreciating. The special feature of the Hadimba Temple is the roof that has the shape of a four tiered pagoda roof.
The temple also boasts of its beautiful carved door made of wood. In May every year, a fair is arranged in the temple of Hadimba. Another fair is held during Dussehra. The Hadimba Temple is easily accessible to the visitors and the tourists in Himachal Pradesh by roadways. They can avail a bus service to reach the temple.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the temple is during the month of May when the temple hosts the Hadimba Devi Festival. This festival attracts a number of devotees and pilgrims to the temple. A colorful fair is organized each year on May 14 to celebrate Goddess Hadimba Devi’s birthday. The fair features colourful and interesting folk dance performances.
How To Reach
The nearest airport to Hadimba is Bhuntar Airport located 50 km from Hadimba.
The nearest railhead to Hadimba is on the narrow gauge line at Joginder Nagar 160 kms away. The Joginder Nagar Railway Station is well connected to all other Indian cities via Chandigarh.
Manali is well connected with direct bus services from all cities of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Depending on which route you take, road distances from various Northern cities in India can vary.