The Durga Bhavani temple is serene and tranquil, and houses the powerful embodiment of female cosmic power or Shakti. The Navratri festival in the temple is especially popular – for nine nights in September/October, the Mother Goddess is said to descend upon earth and fight evil forces. On the tenth day, she finally vanquishes evil demons. This event is celebrated as Dussehra, marked by large processions of the deity on the roads, and tall statues of the goddess. Don’t forget to shop for handicrafts and local delicacies in the nearby markets! Metal jewellery and other trinkets are especially favourite here.