Harmony Hall & Paramjyotir Mandir, Thanadhar

Harmony Hall sits at the top of a hill in Thanadhar. It was built by US missionary-turned-Hindu-convert Samuel Stokes in 1912, based on local construction techniques and styles. Stokes is famous for spreading the plantation of apple orchards in the Thanadhar area, which is now one of the main apple growing regions in India. Next to the large house is a small shrine built by Stokes in 1937, named Paramjyotir Mandir. Verses from the Gita are etched in the thick wooden horizontals of the temple’s walls. There is no idol in the sanctum.


Harmony Hall with later additions

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Paramjyotir Mandir

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