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Hidimbaa
Devanagari हिडिम्ब
Sanskrit Transliteration Hidimba
Affiliation Asura means the characters not adjust with others

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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6 news items

 
Hindustan Times
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:10:06 -0700

Deity Hidimba of Seraj segment here on Monday refused to accept sacrifice of goats and stopped the ongoing debate among the members of the temple committee. Temple committee secretary Ram Chander said due to ban by the state high court on sacrifice ...
 
Hindustan Times
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0700

However, devotees will have to persuade Goddess Boti to not insist on animal sacrifice when the yatra halts at Jahalma to pay obeisance to Devi Hidimba,” said Dr Baldev Singh Negi, project officer at Indian Institute of Himalayan Studies (IIHS ...
 
Hindustan Times
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:18:45 -0700

A massive clean-up drive was launched at Old Manali village and Dhungri village on Sunday. The drive was launched by members of Hidimba Mahila Mandal, Manu Mahila Mandal and Ma Durga Mahila Mandal of Old Manali panchayat. Advertisement.
 
Times of India
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:41:29 -0700

KULLU: For the first time in the history of Kullu Dussehra, the event concluded without any animal sacrifice on Thursday, when 228 assembled deities started their journey back to their temples in palanquins amid sounds of trumpets and drums. The ...
 
Times of India
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:30:00 -0700

Even as police struggled to manage the crowd, it took two deities - Hidimba and Bijli Mahadev - to make way for the chariot of Lord Raghunath. The chariot was pulled from Rath Ground to the lower ground where it will rest for six days. On the seventh ...
 
Free Press Journal
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:33:45 -0700

Ujjain : An educational- cum- motivational tour comprising 90 students and several teachers from the school was flagged in by the school staff here. The group had gone to Kullu Manali. The educational tour was aimed at providing exposure to the ...
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