Manali, lying at
the northern end of Kullu Valley in the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh is
blessed with magnificent sights of Nature's abudant beauty manifested in snow
clad peaks, gurgling rivers, wooded slopes and above all excellent temples
dedicated to gods and goddesses. Amidst the dappled orchards and ever smiling
flower plants, there lies an ancient temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi whose high
roof-pagoda and its exquisite architectural beautification, an invaluable legacy
to the state was gifted by the Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553. Its intricately
carved Wood panels, superbly adorned lintels are luring pilgrims round the year.
This Doongrt temple is the star attraction of this region.
it has a pathetic background-the Maharaja, having decided to make it unparalled
severed the right hand of the sculptor
on completion. Though the egoistic ruler fulfilled his ambition, it deprived
the spiritual world a great artist. It is built on a higher plinth and provided
with broad sturdy steps. Surrounded
by tall, ever green deodar trees, visitors rest for there long enjoying its sequestered bliss. It need not be a figment of imagination, if said that Manu,
the divine Law giver built this enchanting beauty. The temple, lifts the souls
and comforts one from the fret and fever of the mundane existence. No wonder
that visitors to Manali fail not sojourning to this hallowed spot. The Devi
being liberal in granting boons devotees pay regular visits either to redeem the
vows or solicit favour for crossing hurdles threatening their existence During
the annual festivals, the place and honour accorded to this goddess is exceedingly
high She actually dominates and keeps up her commandeering position and status
is accessible by four wheelers from the state capital.