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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.