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Almora, Uttaranchal, India


Almora district

Dharanaula town

Home of the Gorkhas

Colonial era building

Now a veterinary hospital

MK Gandhi statue


Shiva temple (1, 2)


Fire on the mountain


Kasar Devi temple (more)


Kasar Devi temple

Nanda Devi Temple

Built around late 1500s CE

Wall detail

Yoni and Lingam

Nanda Devi side

This is a more recent addition and houses a garishly dressed Nanda Devi, an avatar of Durga.

Homo love


Orgy


Hetero love


Couples

Jageshwar Temple Complex (~38 km northeast of Almora)

Temples in the forest

A forest of deodar pines envelops the temple complex

Dates from 7th century CE

The complex has 124 temples

A commissioned puja


Thicket of temples


Five are "living" temples

"living" means they still have puja done inside them in the presence of a priest.

Most are dedicated to Shiva

A handful are dedicated to Durga, Ganesh, Parvati, Hanuman, etc.

Lotus flower


Priest walking through


Another cluster


Puja paraphernalia


Ritual


Water tank on site


Burning ghee on wood


All shapes and sizes


A corner temple

       

 

 

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