India is called as the land of festivals. It is home for age old traditions and cultures that the entire world looks up to and that is what makes India unique and magnificent. Every festival has a special significance and an interesting back story behind it with intensifies the respect towards our culture and country. India is a country which treats our surroundings and environment as a Goddess and worships it; this is our form of showing our gratitude.
About Dhungri Temple
The Dhungri forest festival is one such remarkable festival. Dhungri is a sacred temple situated in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Manali is one of the most famous hill stations in the country with breathtaking views and beauty. Apart from just looks, it is associated with a lot ancestral of history and culture, and the temples here are the living examples of it. The temples here look extremely traditional and beautiful. The stories behind the construction of these temples date back to many centuries and most of them are a part of the Indian epics The Ramayana and Mahabharata and therefore are considered extremely holy and sacred.
This temple is also called as the Hidimba temple which named after the demoness Hidimba. This temple is an extremely old one constructed in 1533. The architecture of this temple is breathtaking constructed out of wood in the centre of the forest Dhungri Van Vihar, and it is surprising to know that such great construction was built 500 years ago. The Dhungri festival is celebrated on the occasion of Hidimba’s birth. This usually falls in the month of May and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm.
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History of Dhungri Mela
Celebrating a demoness birthday is quite surprising but there is an amazing story behind it. One of the Pandavas, Bheema fell in love with the demon king Hidimbh’s sister Hidimba during their exile and in order to marry her he had to kill her brother and he did it, hereafter both Hidimba and Bheema got married and gave birth to their first child Ghatotkacha who went on to do some great things for the people in his kingdom.
After Bheema left his wife and child and went back to be the source of support for his brothers and mother, Hidimba stepped down her throne and went into the forests where she meditated and performed intense penance and helped everyone who were in the forests which eventually made her a goddess. From then on people of that locality showed gratitude to her by constructing a temple in the place where she performed the penance and it is continued till date as festival which is celebrated with utmost joy and grandeur.
Some of the attractions of this mela is the local cultural dance, bhajans, food offered to the gods/goddess, and music. This festival/mela depicts the best of the age old heritage of Manali and Indian Mythology. It helps the tourists get to know a lot about unknown facts of Indian culture and it is something that gravitates them towards knowing more about it. So don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity of exploring this place in the best way possible.
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