It brings us to the third and the most important festival that was celebrated in the empire – Mahanavmi. It was celebrated for ten-day with imperial magnificence and great pride and pomp suiting to its powerful rayas (kings). It was time for them to seek blessings, power and protection from the Goddess Pampa – the Guardian deity of the empire.
Its corridor is roofed with ornate walls of variegated designs; traces of elaborate stucco work is still visible on its ceilings. Once a tower adorned, one side of the pool, with delicate balconies rising above the parapet; but it is completely lost now. The pool facing balconies of this structure with arched windows and delicate plasterworks tells how beautiful this place might have been once.
This temple complex situated around thirty kilometers from the city of Almora, sits in the lap of a narrow valley, set in an expanse of undenuded deodar forest, encompassing around one hundred and twenty four temples. The two streams of Nandini and Surabhi that flows down from Artola village meet near this sacred complex. This temple complex is guarded by giant Deodar monarchs that welcome the devotees of their isht – Mahadev – with affectionate might and majesty of their ages.