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Hidimba Devi Temple also popularly knows as Dhungri temple and Hadimba Temple is located in Manali. Hadimba Temple Manali is one of the religious temple in Himachal Pradesh.
Hidimba Temple is dedicated to devi Hidimbi. Temple is covered with forest and was built in 1553.
Devi Hidimba Temple


The hidimba Temple is dedicated to devi hidimba who was wife of one of Pandav Bheema during Mahabharata time. Devi Hidimba temple is built around the cave where Devi Hidimba used to mediate . She was from a 'Rakshas' family and she had a brave, strong and fearless brother Hidimb.
It is said that Devi Hidimba had vowed that one who will defeat his strong fearless brother Hidimb. She will marry to that person.
One of Pandav ,Bheema when visited Manali, during Pandva's exile, he killed Devi Hidimba's brother Hidimb.
So Devi Hidimba married to Bheema and gave birth to a son named 'Ghatotkach'.
    Temple of hidimba Devi was built in year 1553 by kullu king Raja Bahadur Singh.

Design and Architecture

Hidimba Temple is built with very beautiful design and architecture.
The temple of Hadimba devi is four story of wooden architecture, with a wooden 'shikhar' which is 24m long. This 'shikhar' or tower consists of 3 square roofs.The Hidimba temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework.
Around 70 m away from temple there is shrine which is dedicated to Bheema and hidimba son 'Ghatotkach'.
There is a massive rock inside the temple and said goddess hidimba used to meditate on it.
There is 7.5 cm long brass image which represent devi hidimba.


Hidimba temple is located near Manali market, it is at a walkable distance from Manali Bazaar. Hidimba temple is around 3 km from Manali bus stand.

Interesting facts about temple

- 4 story wooden architecture and 24 m long tower
- 7.5 cm brass image represents devi hidimba.
- There is no idol inside temple, only footprints of goddess Hidimba is located.
- Area near Temple when seen by Google Satellite, the imprint of a giant foot spanning across the valley in the area near the temple can be seen.

Places to visit near Temple

1. Ghatotkach Temple
2. Dalhousie
3. Kullu
4. Nanda Devi national park
5. Rishikesh

Best time to visit Hidimba Temple

Best time to visit Hidimba Temple is during summer time ,it's cool even during summer time. Temperature is between 0 to 30 degree .

How to reach Hidimba Temple ?

Tourist and visitors can reach Hidimba Temple by road transport.
Train transport : shimla
Air port : Bhuntar


Hatkoti Temple one of the religious temple of himachal and center of attraction for tourists. Hatkoti Temple is located in Hatkoti(Jubbal),around 100 km from shimla, capital of himachal pradesh.This temple is dedicated to lord shiva and goddess Durga called as maa hateshwari.It is believed that this is spot where the gods fought a Battle.There is also a temple of shiva.
hatkoti temple jubbal rohru


There is no specific history of hatkoti temple, But Some people believe this temple was made by adi shankaracharya
.Some believe it was established in Third era due to some scripted stones of Gupta age's have been found different places of this historic place.

But the most important thing about this temple is believe that it was made during Mahabharata period, And some proof of this believe can be seen while entering temples premises. There are five stone called 'Deols' in hindi and pahari. This is believed that the temple was used by "pancha pandva's" as their toy houses.
In the temple complex there are a kirtan ghar and a rest house.

About Maa hateshwari

Maa hateshwari is one of the most powerful goddess of Hindu Religion. Bhagwat Gita also describes about maa hateshwari
"Hateswari(Shakti of Hateshwar) and hence this place is known as Hateswari, one of the main residences of Shiva and Shakti."
The shrine houses a beautiful idol of the goddess in bronze. The idol represents the goddess with ten arms, riding a lion, holding weapons and lotus flower and killing the demon Mahishasura.


Hatkoti temple is located around 100 km from shimla ,3-5 km from sawra and 10 km from Rohru.This temple is located at 31.101°N 77.711°E. It has an average elevation of 1,440. Hatkoti is situated along river Pabbar.

Best time to visit Hatkoti Temple

Shimla tour for a person would remain incomplete this wonderful temple with lot of mysterious believe.
Best time to visit temple is march to october, however temperature keeps changing with time here.whereas in November to February the place become so cool, still its good to visit here and experience of snowfall.

Timing of Hatkoti temple

shiva temple hatkoti

Temple remains open from morning 6 am to 10 pm at night.The photography is free within temple premises.

Interesting Fact About Maa Hateshwari

It is said in Himachal and Rohru, Jubbal area that maa hatkoti idol changes its expression according to time,sometimes smiling and sometimes anger on her face. People in this region relates it with mood of nature.

Events Celebrated in Hatkoti temple

There are a lot of events(fairs and festivals) celebrated in this temple.But some of them are
1.Chaitra Navratra during April
2.Ashwin Navratra During October.
Fairs are organised time to time to worship maa shakti durga.Thousands of devotees visits temple and offers Halwa(Prasad) and flowers to worship maa Durga in Form of maa "Vaishnavi"

How to Reach Hatkoti Temple?

Hatkoti is situated along pabbar river at a distance of around 105 km from states capital.Tourists can reach temple by road, via kotkhai, khadapathar, jubaal. There is proper facility of buses and taxi transportation.

Nearest Railway station: Shimla

Nearest Airport: Shimla.