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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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Zee News

Zee News
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:12:32 -0800

So if you and your spouse are adventure freaks, then enjoy the exciting ride starting with Solang Valley, to the soothing sight of the Jogini Waterfalls and sail your way through the Bhrigu Lake to worship Hidimba Devi. Nainital: This pear shaped lake ...
Times of India
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:45:00 -0700

"Burning of Lanka in Kullu Dussehra spreads the message of victory of good over evil. With this, the historical Dussehra has concluded," said Rohit Sharma, the priest of Hidimba. Presence of Hidimba, considered grandmother of royal family of Kullu, ...
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 ...


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:18:45 -0800

And there are tales of how the mountains of Palani were actually brought down from the Himalayas by Hidimba, the rakshasa, who tied them to a litter that he slung on his shoulder. These mountains were gifts from Murugan's mother, who felt he would miss ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:30:00 -0700

The show has around 13 paintings which depict some of prominent female characters of Mahabharata — Ganga, Amba, Kunti, Gandhari, Hidimba, Draupadi, Madhavi, Savitri, Uttara and Shakuntala. Gifted a Bhagavad Gita by someone, she found the sacred ...
Chandigarh Tribune
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

He said apart from visiting the legendary Shakti Peeth of Naina Devi, Jawalamukhi, Chintpurni, Brajeshwari in Kangra valley, Bengali tourists also visited the Kali Bari and Tara Devi in Shimla, Bhima Kali in Sarahan and Chandika Devi in Kinnaur ...

The Hindu

Times of India
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0700

Meanwhile, thousands of followers of Goddess Hidimba started their journey on Wednesday morning from Manali along with her palanquin. Dussehra festivity is started only after the arrival of goddess Hidimba in Kullu as special rituals are performed only ...

Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:00:46 -0700

The programmes scheduled include Yakshagana 'prasangas' such as Sri Ramanjaneya; Hidimba Vivaha-Bakasura Vadhe-Kimmera Vadhe; Brahmakapala; Yakshamani; Chadita Ambe; Shashiprabha Parinaya and Seetha Parityaga and Kusha Lava, ...

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