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Kalna, West Bengal: This mid-18th century Krishna Chandraji temple is renowned for its intricate and exquisite terracotta decoration. Constructed by the Maharajas of Burdhawan, the temple city of Kalna - situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi river - is mainly a homage to Goddess Kali but it also worships Shiva - her consort god - as exemplified by the town’s stunning 108 Shiva temples.

Jaipur, Rajasthan: The Lotus Gate at the City Palace is a thing of beauty. Located in the Pritam Niwas Chowk of the palace, the beautifully gilded door allows one access to the Chandra Mahal. Evocative of summertime bliss, this ornate gate with its motifs of pink lotuses in full bloom is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife, Parvati.