Images of India : The two temples dedicated to unusual ‘gods’…

TempleEver heard of a temple dedicated to Duryodhana, widely regarded as the villain of the epic Mahabharata? Or one built in honour of Karna, the abandoned son of Kunti, who eventually allied with the Kauravas and fought against his brothers, the Pandavas? In a remote corner of Uttarakhand lie both these temples housing their unique deities and the intriguing stories behind them. While the people of Netwar village in the Tons valley of Uttarkashi take pride in the Karna temple located in their village, the residents of Jakholi (located some distance away) which is known for its association with Duryodhana are keen to play down any ties with the eldest Kaurava. So much so that some years back, the temple dedicated to Duryodhana was converted into a Shiva temple. The village has however retained a gold-plated axe that legend says, belonged to the Kaurava prince.