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Temples of Goa

Shree Bhagavati : 28 kms. from Panaji in Pernem Taluka. The temple, situated by the side of the main road, is said to be more than 500 years old. Two life size images of elephants in standing position, made of black stone on either side at the entrance, welcome the visitors. The Goddess Bhagavati Asthbhuja in a standing position on a high pedestal is very imposing. Dussehra is celebrated with gaiety from Ashwin Shuddha Pratipada to Poornima, when over 25 thousand devotees assemble at the temple. Devi Bhagavati temple has two Deepstambhas unique of its kind. Main festivals are Dassehra and annual Jatra.

Brahma Temple : 7 kms. from Valpoi, in the village of Brahma Carambolim. This shrine belongs to the 5th century A.D. It is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma found in India.

Shree Chandranath : 45kms. It is situated on the top of 350 metres high hill of Chandranath, at Paroda, Quepem. Chandreshwar was the titular deity of Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa before the Christian till the middle of 8th century. They had named their capital Chandrapur after the deity. Shivalinga is carved out from the rock which oozes whenever rays of full moon fall on it. The temple is so designed that Linga receives moonlight on every full moon. The temple commands a panoramic view and its surroundings are enchanting. The temple's ancient chariot is well known for its woodcarvings. Chandranath formed a part of the Bhoja capital Chandrapur. The South Goa Bhojas worshipped the deity years before the Christian era till the middle of the 8th century AD. The temple has the famous Shiva Linga, which was supposed to ooze water with the touch of moonlight.

The temple atop the hill has been designed in such a way, that moonlight directly falls on the Shiva Linga on the full moon night. One can have a birds' eye view of a long ending green valley of Salcete and Quepem Taluka from the Chandranath hill.

Shree Damodar: 22 kms. from Margao at Zambaulim-Sanguem, situated in picturesque surroundings on the banks of river Kushavati, popularly known as Panti. Near the temple, the river is regarded particularly holy and is said to have medicinal properties. The Hindus and Christians alike worship the deity. A weeklong celebration of Shigmo is packed with programmes, which include a colourful fair, exchange of gulal, collective meals and presentation of shows on popular legends and folk culture. The deity was originally in

Shree Datta Mandir: 37 kms. at Dattawadi, Sanquelim, and 40 kms. from Margao. The century old temple of trimurthy (Hindu) has a back drop of a beautiful hillock covered with dense groves of areca palms. The most important festival, which is attended by devotees from all over Goa, is Datta Jayanti which falls in the month of December. The deity is believed to have cured many people of unsound mind. The entire interior consists of white marble.

Shree Devi Sharvani: Vithal Maharudra Panchayatan the complex comprises of temples of Jagrut Swayambhu Goddess Sharvani, Mahadev and Vetal with his life size image of stone and other deities. It is situated in scenic surroundings at Advobal in North Goa, 2.5 kms. from Assonora on Pirna main road. Goddess is known for fulfilling the vows of her devotees through Kaul Prasad who also perform Tulbhar to propitiate her. Thousands of devotees throng on vardhapan day. Divja Zatra day and annual zatra day in November/ December when procession of Goddess is taken out in decorated chariot.

Shree Devkikrishna - Ravalnath: 17 km. at Marcela, Ponda, is popularly known as Pisso Ravalnath. The most important festival is 'Malni Pournima' in the month of Pausa (January).

Shree Gomanteshwar Devasthan Brahmapur: It is situated near Ela farm at Old Goa. Mahadev was worshipped during the days of Kadamba kingdom in Goa. Madan Tirtha Goraksha Math, etc. still remind the glory of the place.

Shree Gomantak Tirupati Balaji Padmavati Temple: Blessed by Jagad Guru Shri sanuarcharya Swamigal of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthan is located in the temple circuit of Ponda Taluka, 1 Km. away from Kundaim on NH-4A at Cuncoliem village in Salubrious environment and a visit is spiritually refreshing.

Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Charitable Trust: Goa is managing the Temples of Sri Balaji and Sri Padmavati at Cuncoliem. Tirupati Devasthan has donated the idols of Sri Balaji & Sri Padmavati.

Shree Gopal Ganapati: 26 kms. from Panaji at Farmagudi, Ponda, amidst beautiful natural surroundings, near Bandora. The Portuguese Viceroy attacked the fort of Ponda in October, 1683 but had to beat a hasty retreat at the sudden appearance of the Maratha, King Sambhaji with a large army. Farmagudi commemorates this event. The stone image of Gopal Ganapati was discovered by herdsmen while grazing cattle near the hill and later installed in a small shrine with a thatched roof. The Temple built by late Shri Dayanand Bandodkar, the first Chief Minister of Goa had the idol, made of metal alloy, consecrated on April 24,1966. It is a good specimen of Indian temple architecture synthesizing both ancient and modern.

Shree Kalikadevi : 14 kms. from Mapusa at Kansarpal. It is said to be about hundred years old. Divided into outer halls, supported with seven rows of four pillars, has a stage to perform dramas on festive occasion. The inner shrine contains the reserved image of Goddess 'Kali' a fierce form of Devi. Agrashalas (rest house) surrounding the temple provide facilities for lodging to the devotees.

Shree Kamakshi Saunsthan Shiroda : 40 kms. from Panaji. According to mythology, Shri Kamakshi, was brought from kaurang (Kanchi).

Shree Lairai Temple: The temple of Shree Lairai is situated at Sirigao about 2 kms. from Panaji-Valpoi Highway. An old temple has been reconstructed at a cost about Rs. 80.00 lakhs. The temple is unique in North Goa, the combination of northern and southern art and design of temples have been applied in constructing the temple. It is one of the attractions to the tourists visiting holy places, temples in Goa.Shree Lairai Saunsthan of Sirigao, Goa is one of the oldest and most famous Devasthans in Goa. The deity Lairai is famous fill over Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka, for her unique "HOMAKUND". Every year thousands of devotees attend annual feast of deity to witness the walking c; DHOND" through sacred fire called "HOMAKUND".

Temple of Shree Mahadev at Tambdi Surla: 66 kms. from Panaji in Sanguem Taluka at the foot of the Ghats, is the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadavn architecture (13th century) in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa. A motorable road connects Sancordem to this temple complex.

Shree Mahadeo Ohumika: Situated at a distance of 25 kms from Mapuss. The Temple complex has beautiful natural surroundings. The three-day festival of ‘Gades’, which begins on Phalgun Purnima, draws big crowds. The devotees believe that people can have the darshan of 'Devchars' during the G ad e festival.

Shree Mahadev Temple: It is situated in Sanguem Taluka of Goa. It has a rich legacy and pre Portuguese history and heritage situated at a distance of 74 Kms. from Panaji.
The temple dates back to the pre historic times 10th or 11th century A.D. The temple is very close to the Selaulim Dam site at Shelpem Selaulim.

The Mahadev temple is of laterite exteriors and basalt interiors. It has no Sabhamadap but a vestible (antarala) and a garbhakud both decorated in basalt carvings depicting typical Kadamba motifs. The temple has a cave style structure. In the central bay of the vestible is the traditional "Nandi" vehicle of Shiva made of basalt. The temple is in typical kadamba style motifs: lozenges, creepers, lotus bud, etc.

This temple was shifted/transplanted from its original site at Kurdi 17 Kms. away, to the present site as the temple was getting submerged due to the dam project.
This is the first laterite stone monument in the world and the second monument in the country to be relocated.

Shri Madanant Temple: Situated in Savoi Verem. 12 Kms. from Ponda and 30 Kms. from Panaji. is surrounded by hills and fields, beetal nut farm, coconut and cashew trees. The God. Shri Vishnu is lying on the Sheshyasan. Shri Laxmi is sitting at the feet of Lord Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by water and it is 500 years old.

Shree Maha Ganapati Temple: Is located at Madel in Tivim Village Panchayat area of Bardez in North Goa. The temple has on the northern side the backdrop of a high peaked hill. To the south there is a small rivulet whose waters used by the people for bathing are believed to be medicinal. To the West the land slopes away and a meandering pathway used by the villagers can be seen. To the East are the quaint houses of the villagers set amidst beautiful trees.
During the month of August (Shravan) the temple is being illuminated and beautifully decorated and also Singing Competitions are being organized.
In the year 1970, during the time of desilting the pond at Madel, which is attached to the temple 4 statues were found of God namely: (1) Ganapati (2) Mahishasur Mardani and some others.

Shree Mahalsa Temple: At Mardol. 1 km. from Shri Mangueshi temple. The deity worshipped is an attribute of Vishnu (Mohini during the fight between Devas and Asuras). Main festivals: Zatra (February) and Navaratra.

Shree Mahalaxmi Temple: Situated in the village of Bandode, about 4 kms. from Ponda. It is considered the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult. The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagvata sect, which is considered one of the few galleries of wooden images of Vishnu in India. The image of Mahalakshmi has a close resemblance to that of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, the main centre of worship. Her special feature is that she wears a linga on her head and is considered a peaceful or Satvik form of the Devi. The Goddess Mahalakshmi was worshipped by the Shilahara rulers (750 -1030 A.D.) and the early Kadamba Kings of Goa.

Shree Mallikarjun Temple: 40 kms. from Margao at Canacona, the southernmost Taluka of Goa, is believed to have been constructed during the middle of 16th century by ancestors of the Kshatriya Samaj. It was renovated in the year 1778. The temple has massive wooden pillars with intricate carvings. There are 60 deities around the temple, Rathasaptami in February and Shigmotsav in March/April are the festivals of note, which draw large crowds.

Shree Morjaee Temple: Situated at Morjim in Pernem Taluka this ancient historical temple complex is situated amidst natural surroundings. The main festival is "Kalas Utsav" which is celebrated once in every three, five, seven or nine years. The duration of the festival is nearly a month beginning from Phalgun Shuddha Panchami. The concluding seven days is a big religious and cultural affair when people not only from Goa but from Sindhudurg to Karwar assemble in large number. Other festivals are Gudi Padwa, Dussehra, annual Zatra, "divzam" and ghodemodni.

Shree Naguesh Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated in the village of Bandora , about 4 kms. to the east of Ponda. The temple Sabhamandap has a gallery on both sides that contains exquisite specimen of intricate woodcarvings of the event of Ramayana on one side and wooden images of Astadikpal and Gandharva on the other.

Shree Navdurga Saunsthan: 34 kms. from Panaji at Borim (12 kms. from Margao) the deity of Goddess Navdurga was originally brought by Brahmins of Karad to Goa. The deity was later transferred from Benaulim in Salcete to its present site at Borim.

Shree Navdurga Temple: 28 kms. from Panaji. The annual zatra is in November.
Shree Ramnath : 33 kms. from Panaji in Ponda Taluka. Besides the shrine of the main Ramnath deity it has four small temples of Shri Laxminarayan, Shri Shantadurga (Sateri), Shri Betal and Shri Sidhanath. The five together, constitute Shri Ramnath Panchayatan. The legend in mythology says that Rameshwar is the original abode of Lord Ramnath.

Shree Rudreshwar Temple: Located in Bicholim Taluka at a distance of 45 kms. from Panaji the temple of Rudreshwar is half a km. away from the rock-cut caves of Harvalem where the ancient linga of Rudreshwar is venerated. The idyllic Harvalem waterfalls are close by. The image of Rudreshwar is facing the waterfall. The festival of Mahashivaratri draws big crowds. However, the temple assumes importance as Hindus perform rites for the dead here.

Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple: 37 kms. from Panaji at Narve-Bicholim, was a favoured deity of Kadarnba Kings. Its original temple was situated in the island of Diwar. The Portuguese destroyed it and the idol was shifted to its present site at Narve (Bicholim). Many years afterwards in 1668 A.D. Chhatrapati Shivaji ordered renovation of this temple at the present site during one of his campaigns to oust the Portuguese. The linga worshipped in this temple is faceted and is known as 'Dharalinga'.

Shree Sapteshwar-Bhagvati Temple: Situated 17 kms. from Mapusa in Pernem Taluka, the complex has five temples, main temples being of Shri Sapteshwar and Bhagavati. Other temples, are Narayan. Ravalnath and Satpurush. Dassehra, Zatra, Bhajani Saptah are the main festivals The temples were renovated some years ago.

Shree Saunsthan Gokarn Partagali Jeevotam Math : Located at Partagali Village on the banks of the sacred rivulet Kushavati, this math established by Shreemad Narayanateertha Swamiji in the year 1475 AD. has an uninterrupted tradition of 23 Swamijis. This is an ancient Math of the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Vaishnav Community which maintained contact with the scattered members of the community. The symbol representing the spiritual movement carried on by the Math for over 500 years is one of the few huge ancient vatavriksha' (Banyan tree) which is about 200 ft. x 225ft. and is considered a Tapasya Kshetra for over a thousand years. The people of Partagali and adjoining area worship Vatavriksha and the Ishwar linga in front of it. This place is popularly known as Bramhasthan. Partagali is being devloped into a centre of culture and learning, without in any way tampering with its glorious traditons.

Shree Saunsthan Goudpadacharya Kavlc Math: This Math is a brilliant heritage of Goud Saraswat Smarth Community with branches all over India. This Math situated at Kavalem, in Ponda Taluka is named after historic seer and exponent of the Adwaita system of Vedanta. The Math was shifted from Cortalim in the year 1630 during the inquisition period and re-established by Shrimad Satchidanand Saraswati Swamiji.

Shree Shantadurga : 33 kms. And 3 km. From Mangueshi Temple at post Mardol, Ponda -Goa. Sumptuously built at Kavlem, is dedicated to Shantadurga. the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Has a rich and beautiful Garbhakuda or the holy of holies where the deity is kept. The deity was shifted from Kelsi. Agrashalas provide lodging facilities to the devotees

Shree Shantadurga Temple: 14 kms. from Mapusa at Dhargai, Pernem. When the Portuguese destroyed all the temples in Bardez, this Goddess was removed at Sanquelim. It was at the time of the notorious Portuguese inquisition in Goa. Therefore, in 1550 A.D. this Goddess was taken to Dhargai in Pernem Taluka, which also formed part of Sawantwadi principality. The 'Zatra' of this Goddess is held in the month of December. The temple has beautiful natural surroundings.

Shree Shantadurga (Kunkolienkarin) Temple: 18 kms. from Margao, at Fatorpa (Quepem). Originally from Cuncolim village in Salcete Taluka, the Portuguese removed the Goddess to Fatorpa in 16th century during religious persecution. The annual Zatra. Which falls in the month of Pausha Shuddha Navami. Attracts thousands of devotees from all over Goa.

Tapobhoomi: Born under the divine inspiration of his Holiness Haturli Mathadhish Shrimad Brahmanand Swamiji, the Tapobhoomi Complex at Kundai has now become a centre of pilgrimage to the students of Hindu culture and religion, spread over an area of 10,000 sq.mts. This centre of Param Pujya Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya harbours a number of projects, a unique Datta Mandir, Sanskrit pathshala. Dhyaan Gumfa (Chamber for meditation), Ayurveda Centre, Yoga Anusandhan Kendra, Bhajani Vidyalaya, Bhaktoddhar Library, etc.

Shree Vithal Mandir: 41 kms. from Panaji situated at Vithalwadi, Sanquelim, Shri Vitthal is the ancestral God of 'Ranes' who had put up prolonged memorable resistance to Portuguese rule. The main festival is Chaitri (April). Its celebration is a lavish affair for the people miles around.

Shree Saptakoteshwara Temple: The Temple is situated 37 kms from Panaji. The deity worshipped is Lord Shiva. The famous Saptakoteshwara temple is a standing specimen of medieval architectural style and mirrors the rulers' refinement and artists, superior craftsmanship. It is elegantly beautified with sculptural adornments.

It is a big temple with imposing tower, vast courtyards and several mini-shrines for all the premier Shaivate gods. The Archamurti- Shivalinga is called "Dhara-Linga". Its majesty and glistening polish forces one to raise his hands and fills the souls with bliss. It was the favoured deity of the kings.

As one tries to return to Panaji from Harvalem, one can visit the famous temple of Shree Saptakoteshwar Naroa, Bicholim. Shree Saptakoteshwara was the patron deity of the Kadambas who had built a beautiful temple dedicated to this deity at the Diwar Island.
The invading foreign rulers destroyed the temple and built a chapel dedicated to Candelaria in 1641 AD. The devotees shifted the image of Shree Saptakoteshwara to Naroa then. It was Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who ordered renovation of the temple in 1668.

Despite their external grandeur and magnificence being tested by the vagaries of time; their spiritual effulgence is still illumining the paths of the earnest seekers. The Shiva temples built at Tambdisurla and Naven-Bicholim are testifying to the rulers' devotional zeal and their care for public zeal.

Shree Ananta Temple

It is located at Sovol Verem, Near Marcela. It is one of the famous temples where the Deity of Anant Sheshashayi is worshipped. This is the only temple of Ananata in Goa. It is surrounded on all sides by water and beautiful scenery. Besides the main deity Anant Sheshashayi, the complex also has Shantadurga, Kamini, Narayan and Grampurush temples.

The idol of Ananta is carved in black stone. Though the structure of the temple is small it is quite inviting. The pillar decoration is very minute and full of intricate designs. The brass stand on the lamp the special illumination stands or "Deepmala" are sacred objects of worship.

Shree Bhagavati And Shree Sapteshwar Temples

Not far from Morjim are two temples namely, Bhagavati and Parshem and Sapteshwar Bhagamati at Mandrem in Pernem Taluka. The deity worshipped is the Bhajnisaptah.

The principal festival observed are the 7 days "Bhajanisaptah" at Mandrem, which is celebrated in Kartika. The Zatra, Dussehra and "Shimgo" are other festivals, which are attended by large crowds. Surrounding the main temples can be seen some exquisitely sculptured ancillary deities.

Shree Chandreshwar Temple

On way back from Zambaulim one can take a slight diversion at Paroda to proceed to the Chandranath hill and climb the huge granite steps to reach to the temple of Shree Chandreshwar. Though a major portion of the approach road to the temple is metalled, only a small portion before campus is provided with granite stone steps. The Deity worshipped Lord Chandreshwar.

Shree Devaki Krishna Temple

3-km away from Banastari Bridge on Panaji -Ponda Road is situated the noteworthy temple dedicated to Devaki Krishna at Marcel. The deity worshipped is Lord Krishna. The deity is said to have been brought from Chorao in Tiswadi to Mayem in Bicholim and then shifted to its present place during the days of religious persecution by the alien rulers.

The Garbha Griha contains the beautiful idol of Devaki and Lord Krishna. The idol of Devaki is in standing posture with a child Krishna, sitting astride her hip. This particular pose is considered to be unique in Goa. The idols are beautifully carved in black stone. The major festival is Malni Purnima from Paush Vadya is celebrated over here with great fervour and excitement.

Shree Kalika Temple

One of the most important Hindu monuments in North Goa is the temple dedicated to Sri Kalika situated in the Gillage Kansarpal near Assonora, a few kilometers away from the Mapusa town. The Daivadnya Brahmans are the main devotes of this deity. A huge gold "Kalash" atop the dome of the temple beckons thousands of devotees and inquisitive visitors to this otherwise secluded place.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, which is the Rudra form of Goddess Durga. The temple represents a fine blend of aesthetics and architectural designs.

Shree Kamakshi Temple

About 12-km from Kavalem is situated another important religious monument which is dedicated to Sri Kamakashi. The Deity worshipped is the Goddess Kamakshi (An Incarnation OF Goddess Kamakhya). The deity is believed to have come from Kamakhya, Guwahati in Assam, which is her original abode.

In Goa, the original location of Sri Kamakshi temple was Raia in Salcete Taluka. But the deity was subsquently shifted to Shiroda village in Ponda Taluka due to religious persecution by alien rulers.

The place where temple is has an ancient name "Shivagram". Of the smaller temples present in the complex there is the one dedicated to Lord "Rayeshwara". People irrespective of religious faith and hailing originally from Raia, still venerate Sri Kamaksha.
Shree Mahadev Bhumika Temple Just 5-km from Kasarpal is another temple complex with beautiful natural surroundings at village Sal, which is soon going to be converted into a tourist village.

The Festivity

The temple is famous all over Goa and Sindhudurg district for its annual festival of "Gade", which is a three-day religious affair from Phalgun Vadya 1 to 3. Devotees believe that people can have Darshan of 'Devchar' at night during the festival and hence the Gade attracts huge crowds even from urban areas of Goa.

Shree Mahalakshmi Temple

The temple tour can be resumed by offering prostrations unto Goddess Mahalakshmi, the presiding deity of Panaji, the capital of Goa. The main temple has been reconstructed recently. The main festivals at this temple are Navaratri and Chaitra Purnima.

A kilometre away and perched on the Altinho hillock overlooking the Mandovi River is the temple of Shree Maruti, which is equally patronised by the city dwellers. The Maruti Zatra in the month of February draws large crowds of devotees from far and near.

Shree Mahalasa Temple
Hardly one kilometre away from Mangueshi is the village Mardol where nestles the temple of Sri Mahalasa. While it is commonly understood that Mahalasa is a form of "Shakti", "Madalasa" or "Narayani", the deity is also being worshipped as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as "Mohini".

A huge 'Dipa Stambha' made of five metals greets the visitors at the entrance of the temple, which was built in the 17th century. It has exquisite wooden carvings of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Huge round pillars held the 'Sabhamandapa' at the entrance, which is being reconstructed to recapture the glorious past of the original temple situated at Verna in "Salcete Taluka".

Shree Manguesh Temple
Shree Manguesh temple at Mangueshi in Ponda Taluka, the most prominent among temples, is situated along the National Highway-4A about 23-km from Panaji. The deity worshipped is of Lord Shiva. This temple is famous for its pristine glory, which attracts thousands of visitors every year and is gifted by the Welcome Gate, an elegant lamp tower, a "Noubatkhana" overlooking the temple tank and the "Agrashalas" on three sides.

Although the Shree Manguesh temple originally stood in a secret location in Cortalim, and was moved to its present site between Mardol and Priol during the 16th century, the structure visitors see today dates from the 1700s.

Within The Temple Enclosure a gateway at the roadside leads to a paved path and courtyard that leads to a water tank, overlooked by the white temple building, raised on a plinth. Also in the courtyard is a seven-storey 'Deepmal', a tower for oil lamps. Inside, the floor is paved with marble, and bands of decorative tiles emblazon the white walls. Flanked by large 'Dvarpala' guardians, embossed silver doorways with florite designs lead to the sanctum, which houses a Shiva Lingam.

A golden "Shesha" besides the Linga and an image of Shiva constitute the main altar. Lore has it that Parvati, the heavenly consort of Lord Shiva came to Goa in search of her spouse who had disappeared from Kailasa following an altercation between them. The Lord tried to frighten her by appearing in the form of a tiger. Parvati beseeched Shiva to protect her in these terms. Trahi Mam Girisha (protect me the Lord of mountains). "Mam Girisha" subsequently became "Mangirisha" or "Manguesh".

The temple is small yet grand with all the component of a Hindu temple, like the Prakara, mini shrines, Garbha Griha, grand towers and spacious courtyards. The entire complex, due to outlandish impact looks like a Gurdwara or palatial mansion, but when entering the complex, one finds our Hindu traditional gods and their accommodation according to Shastric injunctions. Its citizens and tourists offer devout worship to this deity as well. Festivals and periodical devotional activities are conducted with great zeal commendable.
Main Attraction
A Lamp Tower, A Welcome Gate, A Noubatkhana & Agarshalas.


Shree Morjaee Temple
This is yet another temple situated at Morjim in Pernem Taluka, which is about 15-km from Mapusa. The temple complex is situated around sylvan surroundings.

The main festival is "Kalash Utsava" which is celebrated every three, five, seven or nine years. Duration of the festival is nearly a month, beginning from "Phalgun Shudha Panchami". The concluding 7 days is a big cultural and religious affair when people not only from Goa, but also from Sindhudurga in Maharashtra and Karwar in Karnataka assemble in large numbers. Other festivals that are celebrated at this temple site are Gudi Padva, Dussehra, Zatra, "Divjam" and "Ghode Mundim".
Shree Naguesh Temple
The Naguesh temple with old scriptures on stone at Nagueshim, the Mahalakshmi at Nagueshim Bandora, the Ramnath temples at Ramnathi and Shantadurgta temple at Kavalem. The Ganesh temple has been bequeathed to posterity but the temple was subsequently renovated in the days of Chatrapati Shahu, the Maratha ruler of Satara. The deity worshipped is Lord Ganesh.

The galleries of the Sabhamantapa contain exquisite specimen of intricate woodcarvings of famous episodes from Ramayana on one side and wooden images of "Astadikpal" and "Gandharva".
Shree Navdurga Temple
9-km to the east of Ponda in the village Marcaim amidst sylvan background is situated the temple of Navdurga. The temple is said to be about 500 years old and was renovated in 1603 AD. The deity worshipped is the Navdurga.

In the centre or Garbhagriha of the temple is a stone idol of the Goddess placed on a raised platform. The idol in standing position is four feet and her peculiarity lies in her pose; that is her neck which is slightly bent to the left and she is in the form of "Mahisasurmardini".

The annual fair from Kartika Vadya 4 to 10 is considered to be a religious gathering in which people participate in large number.

As one proceeds further, one comes across a string of beautiful temples nestling amidst swaying palms and abundant greenery. They include the Ganesh Temple at Farmagudi, which is known for the visit of Maratha warrior "Sambhaji".
Shree Ramnathi Temple
Situated close to the temple of Naugesh is the temple of Ramnathi. The deity is incarnation of Lord Shiva and is equally revered by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites.

Lord Ramnath is the form of Shiva worshipped by Lord Rama before embarking on the Sri Lanka campaign to free Goddess Sita from the clutches of Ravana. It is famous for its serene atmosphere. The temple was built around 1566 AD and was renovated in 1905. The "Sabhamantapa", however, is a recent addition.

Shree Shantadurga in Fatorpa
Situated at Fatorpa in Quepem Taluka, the temple dedicated to Shantadurga was originally from Cuncolim and hence, the deity is known as "Shantadurga Kukalienkarin". The idol is made of five metals and is one foot in height. The deity is known as "Jagrit Devta" (Goddess Shantadurga) and holds in its arms a shield and a Trishula.

Hindus and Christians alike worship Shantadurga, as the devotees believe that she asks in their dreams anything she likes and they offer the things demanded by Goddess with great veneration. Hence, the temple has much religious sanctity. The principal festival is "Jatrotsava", which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over Goa.
Shree Shantadurga Temple in Kavalem
There is the famous temple of Shree Shantadurga the goddess of peace who is said to have settled a quarrel between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu amicably. Shree Shantadurga is worshipped all over Goa and scores of temples have been devoted to this deity. At several places it is known by several names, "Thamai", "Sateri", "Bhumka", "Adimaya" and others.

Situated at the foothill of Kavalem, the Shantadurga temple boasts of a huge tank, a Dipa Stambha and Agrashalas. The temple was built in 1728 AD during the reign of Shahu Maharaj of Satara at the request of one of his ministers, Naro Ram Mantri.

The original site of Shree Shantadurga temple is Kardelivana of Quelossim in Mormugao Taluka, where the great bard Krishnadas Shama penned the epic "Sri Krishna Charita" probably in the 14th century on the lines of Dnyaneshwari.

Shree Sharvani Devasthan

The complex comprises of temples of Jagrut Swayambhu, Goddess Sharvani, Mahadev and Vetal with his life image of stone and other deities. Situated in scenic surroundings at Advolpale in North Goa, 2?-km from Assonora on the Pirna main road. The temple was shifted from Salgaon, Bardez, first to Ajgaon, Sawantwadi at the end of the 16th century and then to this place during Portuguese regime.

Salgaonkars, both Brahmin and Non-Brahmin Petkar families are 'Mahajans'. Goddess is known for fulfilling vows of her devotees through 'Kaul Prasad'. Devotees also perform "Tulabhar" to propitiate her.

Thousands of devotees throng on "Vardhpan Day", "Divja Jatra Day" and annual Jatra Day on Margashirsh Shukla, 3 in November/ December when procession of Goddesses is taken out in decorated chariots.

Shree Vithal Temple

From Kansarpal one can proceed to Sanquelim, the hometown of the Ranes of Satari who played key role in Goa's freedom struggle. The ancestors of the present Rane family, who are believed to have migrated to Goa from Udaipur about 600 years ago, built the famous Sri Vithal temple situated on the bank of Valvanta River.

The temple was reconstructed in 1942 AD, incorporating the North India style of temple architecture though sanctum-sanctorium was left untouched. The main festivities at the temple are held during the nine days preceding "Chairtra Purnima".

An exquisitely carved wooden chariot symbolising the chariot of Arjuna of Mahabharata and driven by Lord Krishna is an important attraction of the temple complex.

Shree Mahadev Temple

The temple site lies 69-km off Panaji, in the Sangham Taluka at the feet of the Western Ghats. During the reign of Kadambas, in the 13th century, the Goan territory thrived in all directions due to benign administration of the enlightened rulers. Several temples were built for all the gods of Hindu Pantheon, like Nageswar, Vithal, Santadurga, Mahalaxmi (also spelt as Mahalakshmi), Ramnath etc. Unfortunately, most of them were razed to ground by the aliens, who are aliens to culture and refinement. After more than 400 years of darkness, some of the surviving shrines opened their doors to carry on activities for public benefit.
Even though the temples are renovated or built afresh, as in the past, "Agamic Puja", with all rituals, is being conducted demonstrating that the much-adorned Hinduism has not lost its vitality, nor has bartered away its glory during the foreign rule. The Mahadev temple at Tambdi Surla where ancient traditions are followed serves as an example to this, it has still kept the Hindu Cultural Heritage intact.

Situated in West Goa, the Mahadev Temple in Tambdi Surla is the state's only prominent reminder of the pre-Portuguese temple architecture. Maintained by the ASI (Archeological Survey of India), this 12th century temple boasts of some fine relief's on the 'Shikhara' (spire) depicting a plethora of gods and goddesses.

It was built in the Yadava style of architecture with all the necessary parts, like Garbha Griha, Mukhamandapa, Mini-shrines, etc. and presents an extremely grand look. Do not miss the impressive carved wall near the entrance, and the chiselled monolith pillars.

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