I am yet to hear of Kings or Queens who are atheists. While the levels of religiousness may wary, it seems that anyone who earned unprecedented power, did attribute a fare share of their success to luck and the powers from above (or in some case below). Most palaces and forts that I have visited in and around India tend to have an exquisite part of their structures dedicated to their local deity. From the Tulja Bhavani temples in Shivaji’s fort to the Chamunda Devi temples in the Mysuru Palace, the grandeur is hard to miss. The photographs here are from the Golden Gate, leading to the 55 Window Palace in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal. These gold-plated sculptures are an ode to Goddess Kali, the royal deity.

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