Hadimba Temple, Himachal Pradesh

Hadimba Temple

Location: The sacred Hadimba temple is located at a distance of 3 km in a jungle above the Manali bazaar. This temple can be easily accessed by road.

Description: Constructed in 1553 AD, this temple was built by the then ruler Bahadur Singh. This cave temple is dedicated to a rakshasi, Hadimba. This is a four storey temple, which is carved out of wood and is situated in the forest, known as Dhungiri Van Vihar. According to legends, it is believed that the king who ordered the construction was so impressed by the beauty of the shrine that the artist’s right hand was cut on his orders. This was done in order to avoid the replication of the temple. This temple does not house any idol but contains a footprint on the stone. People from all over the country mark their visit to this beautiful temple to witness the splendid architecture of the shrine. Prior to any coronation, a buffalo is sacrificed in order to seek goddess’s blessings.

Activities: This temple attracts the attention of devotees and photo frantic alike. The exquisite wooden carvings make up for a perfect shot. Tourists can also enjoy in the serene and scenic ambiance of the forest while on a trip.

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