Surrounded by a cedar forest and nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, this temple was constructed in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. It lies about 2 km away from the market area of Manali. Images of Durga are carved on the doors and a 3-inch tall brass idol of Hidimbi Devi is the only religious figurine inside the temple.
According to the ‘Mahabharata’, the Pandavas traveled to Himachal during their exile. There they were attacked by the brother of Hidimbi Devi, who was killed by Bhima. Since Hidimbi Devi had promised to marry the one who defeated her brother, she married Bhima and bore him a son. When the Pandavas returned home, Hidimbi Devi stayed back and performed tapasya at the cave.