Shree Bhima Kali Ji Temple, Himachal Pradesh, India

Bhimakali Temple The former summer capital of the Bushahr kingdom, Sarahan is dominated by the fabulous Bhimakali Temple, built from layers of stone and timber to absorb the force of earthquakes. There are two towers here, one built in the 12th century, and a newer tower from the 1920s containing a highly revered shrine to Bhimakali (the local version of Kali) beneath a beautiful silver-filigree canopy.

There are some strict entry rules. Male visitors must wear a cap (available inside the temple), shoes must be removed, smoking is banned, and cameras and leather goods like belts and wallets must be left in lockers outside the inner courtyard.

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