The pagoda type wooden temple of the goddess at Dhungri is according to Hira Nand
Shastri, the antiquarian about 500 years old. No idol is enshrined and only a foot-print
on a stone is kept within.Raja Bahadur Singh who built the temple is commemorated by a
fair held on the first of Savan annually named as 'Bahadur Singh Re Jatar.' This Mela is
also called as Saroohni, which is symbolic of the completion of the transplanting of
Hadimba goddess has been humanized by the
people and made their own. On the first of 'Jaith', or 14th of May, another Meld is held
to celebrate birthday of the goddess Hadimba. This Mela is held in the Dhungri forest. It
lasts for three days. Thousands of men, women and children participate in the Meld.
Rice-bear (Lungri) flows among both men and women who make themselves merry in music and
There is another indigenous ceremony. The
deities, Kartikswami of Simsa, Chhandal Rishi of Parsha, shrishti Narayan of Aleo,
Shriganh of Jagatsukh, Vishnu of Shajla, Maladevi of Sial and Sankh Narayan of Nasogi, are
brought in processions with proper music by their followers to Dhungri. On the 4th day,
the fair shifts to the temple of Manu in the village Manali. The Dhungri forest provides a
grand setting to the assemblage of hill women in their colorful clothes.