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Scene from the Story of the Marriage of Abhimanyu and Vatsala.jpg
Hidimba Reveals her identity
Devanagari हिडिम्ब
Sanskrit Transliteration Hidimba
Affiliation Rakshasa

In the Mahābhārata, Hidimba (Sanskrit: हिडिम्‍ब) (sometimes called Hidimbaswar and Hidimba) was a strong powerful person, the brother of Hidimbaa and a forest dweller. He and his sister, Hidimbi were tempted at the sight of the Pandavas and wished to fight them. For this purpose Hidimbi changed herself into a beautiful woman and brought him near Hidimba. However, he came into conflict with Bhima and died in the conflict. As the brother of Hidimbi he was also the uncle of Ghatotkacha. He was reputed to be 8 cubits tall (12 feet tall for the 18-inch cubit conversion). Tradition states that Hidimba belonged to the great Bamun family of Nalbari (Assam) Kamrup of which the Dimasa people are descendants.

Death of Hidimba

Hidimba Devi temple, Manali[edit]

Currently there are a few temples dedicated to Hidimbi Devi in Himachal Pradesh. The most famous Hidimbi Devi temple is in Manali (see Hidimba temple, Manali). The temple houses chariots, a small statue and footprints. Hidimba is one of the most powerful and spiritualist deities in Kullu valley. The pagoda type wooden temple with intricately carved wooden doors and a wooden shikhara is believed to be over 500 years old. 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. It is also situated in a deodar forest.

Every year the followers travel to the nearby town of Kullu to participate in the festival of Dussehra, where Hidimba's chariot leads a rally of gods from all over Kullu valley escorting the main chariot of Raghunath (Lord Rama). At the end of the seven day festivities on the "Lanka Dahan" day some sacrifices are made to Hidimba. Hidimbi's son Ghatotakacha is a popular deity in the nearby Banjar and Siraj valley. Dispute between Hidimba and Bhima is believed to happen in the forest area of Vijaynagar in Gujarat. Dimapur in Assam is named after Hidimba. It is a corruption of the name Hidimbapur. Dimapur was the first capital of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom. Located in HP.

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Times of India
Sun, 17 May 2015 14:54:52 -0700

MANALI: Thousands of residents of Manali are celebrating the birthday of Goddess Hidimba, the presiding deity of the valley, in three-day-long grand bash. Huge crowd thronged Dhungari, where ancient temple of Hidimba is situated, and left the entire ...

Times of India

Times of India
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Chandigarh Tribune

Chandigarh Tribune
Wed, 20 May 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Most tourists visited the places which were within the walking distance. The tourists depend on taxis to visit Gulaba, the Solang Valley, Marhi, Manikaran, Hidimba and Vashist temples and other destinations. Anoop Majumdar, who had come from West ...

indiatvnews.com (press release) (blog)

indiatvnews.com (press release) (blog)
Mon, 25 May 2015 09:45:46 -0700

One can gear up and prepare himself before going out to Himalayan terrains, undertaking trekking and assuming road trips to Leh, Spiti and beyond. If you are on a family holiday, religious places like Hidimba Temple, Tibetan Monasteries, Manu & Vashist ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:48:45 -0700

We have also seen on the Delhi stage a play on Ghatotkacha and his mother Hidimba who become the victim of a ruling class conspiracy. Similarly, Ratan Thiyam's play “Chakravyuh” has been critically acclaimed as an outstanding re-creation of one of the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:11:15 -0700

Krishna does justice to every character in all three books of Govinda, Kaurava and the recently-released Kurukshetra, from main characters such as Govinda and Panchali to Abhimanyu and Uttara, along with characters of sub-plots such as Hidimba, ...
Times of India
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:26:26 -0700

VADODARA: Khushbu Patel, a visually impaired 14-year-old, eagerly awaits that one day every month when her school witnesses day-long celebrations. Cakes are cut and chocolates distributed among all the 40 blind girls in the school located on R V Desai ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:33:45 -0700

Hidimbi, protected by her powerful demon brother Hidimba, was carefree at the jungle. Director Gireesh PC Palam took considerable time in telling her good old days, striking a sharp contrast to the turn of misfortune befalling her. The forest beauty ...

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