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Ghatotkach Tree Temple

The Ghatotkacha Tree Temple is the ancient temple, which is dedicated to the warrior Ghatotkacha born from the union of the Pandava Bhima and Hadimba. Being a mythical warrior of the epic Mahabharata, Ghatotkacha is revered as a deity of among the people in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh now a days. Situated at the Dhungari village in the charming hill station of Manali in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, this ancient tree temple is a must visit during the tour to Manali. Here, the weapons of war, which are piled up high underneath the canopy of an ancient Deodar (cedar) tree, pay obeisance to the memory of the mighty warrior Ghatotkacha. This tree temple is located at a distance of approx 100 m from the Pagoda style Hadimba Temple. As per the epic Mahabharata, Ghatotkacha was the deity (whose names comes from his extraordinarily huge bald head that had the resemblance of a pot) as a demon chieftain of the force of the monsters and incredible prowess with a steadfast loyalty to the Pandavas, the people of his father. In spite of being left in childhood and never blessed the same honour as his cousins of pure Vedic heredity, he retained the loyalty in himself. While Hadimba, the mother of Ghatotkacha and the wife of Bhima, played a minor role in the epic Mahabharata, Ghatotkacha owns several heroic and noble descriptions. Among the descriptions, you can find that the most noteworthy is his one on one war with Karna, his paternal uncle. This battle shows his demise in the war of Kurukshetra. The historians believe that this death is an allusion to a real clash of the Vedic clans of some magnitude. As per the history, Ghatotkacha may have related to one of the non-Vedic tribes that resided alongside the starting Vedic Aryans of the age, probably the same that worshipped Hadimba. Probably, the people of the tribe were night invaders, skilled warriors and expert in the guerilla warfare. In Vedic society, the combined parentage of Ghatotkacha, the period with an interlinking of the tribes, a subtle hint, his secondary role, the unions while being put up with to some extent, and an indication were very unacceptable. In addition to having his ancient temple in the Dhungari Village in the hill station of Manali, Ghatotkacha is the deity, who also owns a more traditional style temple in the area of Bhuntar. The traditional Himachali metal mask represents this deity in the region of Bhuntar. As a stark contrast to his monstrous image accepted by the rest of the world of the Hindus, Ghatotkacha is represented in human form in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, and the southeast Asian country of Indonesia. The southeast Asian country of Indonesia is the other location other than India, where Ghatotkacha is also a well famous figure and depicted in a human form. In the entire nation of India, the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is probably the only state where Ghatotkacha is worshipped as a deity. And that in the entire northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Dhungari Village in Manali is the only one place where this deity is revered with weapons as befitting with the status of being a warrior. As per the claim of a scholarly testament, the ancient non–Vedic tribes, who have been mentioned in the epics as Dasyu, resided the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh. It is notable that the way of life and practices of these tribes was very different from the people of the Vedic tribes that inhabited the rest part of India. Overall, it can be undoubtedly said that the Ghatotkacha Tree Temple is a must visit during the tour to the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh. Source: Himachal Tour Blog

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