Behind one of Ranchi, Jharkhand's popular religious destination lies a grim history of death and execution.
An evolved version of the ancient Kath Kuni form of architecture that originated in Himachal, the trinity temple of Goshal is dedicated to Gautam Maharishi, Ved Vyasa, and the serpent deity, Kana Naga.
Born from the union of the Pandava Bhima and Hidimba, a forest dwelling demon princess. Ghatotkacha, a mythical warrior of unrivaled prowess of the epic Mahabharata remains a deity to the people of Himachal well in present days.
Revered in Kullu as a mother goddess, Hidimba is one of the few deities of non-Vedic origins, still worshiped in a country dominated by Vedic divinities.
In a lesser known Himalayan village on the outskirts of Manali is the rarely visited temple of a serpent deity who has his own unique legend in mythology associated with the ancient snake cults of India.