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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.
Deep within the Sariska Tiger Reserve is the temple of Pandupol that shelters a peculiar idol of the Vedic age demigod Hanuman.
Behind one of Ranchi, Jharkhand's popular religious destination lies a grim history of death and execution.
Built towards the end of the sixteenth century, the Jagannath temple at Ranchi, Jharkhand is an elaborate work of authentic Kalinga temple architecture that flourished since the 7th century.
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.
A giant size statue of Hindu god Shiva and consort Sati remind passers by of a love story from Indian mythology.
Deep inside the Sariska Forest Reserve, resides the ancient temple of the Hindu Demi God Hanuman with a cenotaph within its courtyard crediting its foundation to the legendary Pandava brothers.