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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 ...

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Mon, 25 May 2015 09:41:15 -0700

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Hindustan Times
Tue, 19 May 2015 09:41:15 -0700

Tourists in Manali and other parts of the district mostly rely on taxi operators to reach Gulaba, Hidimba Temple, Kothi, Solang Valley, Vashisht temple and Marhi, besides the Rohtang Pass, which is yet to be opened to traffic. Praveen Kumar, a native ...


Wed, 15 Jan 2014 03:47:14 -0800

She will apparently play the role of demoness Hidimba who, according to the myth, falls in love with Bheem and his son. This son goes onto help the Pandavas during the Mahabharat. The Pandavas, after having their house burnt down are living in the ...
Times of India
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:56:15 -0700

... the hushed-deep voices, the inherent strength, the subtle hues and characteristic virtues of some of the most prominent female characters of Mahabharata such as Ganga, Amba, Kunti, Gandhari, Hidimba, Draupadi, Madhavi, Savitri, Uttara and Shakuntala.

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:52:30 -0700

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:28:09 -0700

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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, ...

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