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Posting a picture after quite a while...Hope all my friends here in TE are doing fine.

We had undertaken a trip to the Kinnaur & Spiti regions of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. These two regions border Tibet and have varied but amazing landscape. The fairytale town of Sarahan - the gateway to Kinnaur is famous for the wooden temple of Bhimakali.

The wooden Bhimakali Temple is dedicated to the mother Goddesses Durga or Bhimakali and is considered to be one of the significant pilgrimage spots for Hindus. The temple looks magnificent in its Tibetan architectural style with a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu influences and Bronze statues of both the religions in the shrine. It has slanted slate roofs, golden towers, pagodas and a carved silver door. Although this temple is dedicated to goddess Bhimakali, there are other deities housed in the premises. The interesting thing about the temple is that it combines influences from both Hindu and Buddhist architecture. In fact, the roofs are reminiscent of Chinese architecture.

One can get good views of the temple from the slight elevated point behind the temple complex, with the mighty Shrikhand Mahadev mountain ranges of the Himalayas as a backdrop. That is something I tried to capture here close to dusk.

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