The recent thunder storms not only took more than four lives in the State but blew down the 300 years old tree in the premises of ancient Hadimba Mata shrine prehistoric temple belonging to Pandova princes near the tourist resort Manali in Kullu district.
The windstorm hit parts of Himachal Pradesh on early sunday morning blew down a huge Deodar tree which was considered to be about three hundred years old next to the Hadimba Devi temple. The temple was looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India surrounded by the dense Deodar forest. Most of the trees in the jungle are reportedly to be of more than hundreds of years old stand green in the premises and add to the beauty of the shrine.
The pujari of the shrine Mr. Raman Sharma said that the tree was grounded by the blow of wind storm on sunday morning however, the temple complex witnessed the heavy footfall of tourists escaping the mishap unhurt as no one was in the shrine and few tourists were taking shelter inside the shrine when the incident occurred.
The ASI has asked the forest department to remove this tree as it was partly dried due to old age. Temple was recently refurnished by the ASI as its prehistoric wooden architecture had got ruined. During the exile in Mahabharata period forest Second prince of Pandava called Bhim was married to the Hadimba. The temple was named after the consort of Bhima and famous for the tourists.