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In the several legends that speak of the rise of the serpent worship in the western Himalayas, Bharana, a quiet little Himalayan village, high up in the mountains, finds repeated mention without fail.
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.
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.
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.
Traditionally done by hand, this scene of helpers grading a mountain of apples at Yogeshwar Orchards, near Manali, may have just entered its last few days to observe and witness as technology gradually seeps deeper into Himachal's apple industry.
Cooked with water, spices, coriander leafs and sometimes chilies, the Himachali meat chawal is a local favourite to try out anytime of the year but specially during the cold winters.
Fading light casts a subtle and softer look to the countryside along the river near the Bhuntar-Haithan bridge in Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Wend your way to the back-end of the Nature Park at Mohal for some scenic view of a murmuring river and a leisurely day
A miniature Himalayan forestscape that is pious and naturally charming for a soul to soul connection and to bring in good fortune by feeding the fish in the pond.