Hidimba Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi. Hidimba Devi was married to Bhima, a character that comes in Mahabharatha. It is said that the temple was built on the place where Hidima Devi meditated.
Legends say that Hidima and and her brother Hidimb were born to a Rakshas family. Hidimba vowed to marry anyone who beat her brother Hidimb- a very powerful Rakshas. The Pandavas who escaped from Lakshagraha, were resting closing to the territory of Hidimb. Bhima, one of the Pandavas was watching over while others were asleep. Hidimb, who smelled Bhima sent his sister Hidimba to lure Bhima into get eaten. However instead of killing Bhima, Hidima fell in love with him and revealed her true identity and her brother’s intentions. This lead to a fight between Hidimb and Bhima, which killed Hidimb.
After killing Hidimb, Bhima married Hidimba under the condition that he could leave her once she bore a child of him. Within one year Hidimba gave birth to a son, who was named Ghatotkacha (Bald Pot) as his head resembled a pot.
It is believed that the temple was built in 1553. It is said that the carver of the artwork at this temple had his hands cut off after completion of his work so that he can never again produce such beautiful work anywhere else.
Since we visited the temple around 6am in the morning it was less crowded but we couldn’t go inside the temple as it was closed for a pooja.
This is about 2km away from the Manali town and can reach via a taxi.
Ghatotkach Temple is dedicated to the son of Hidimba and the Bheema.
As Ghatotkach was half-rakshasa, which gave him magical powers that allowed him to fly and change his size at his will.