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Temples of Goa

Goa Tourism Guide > Goa > Religious Places > Temples

 

Goan temples are unique and stand apart from other Indian temples in their distinct architecture, location, spaciousness, and environment. Almost each and every village has one temple to serve the religious and spiritual aspirations of the Hindu devotees. Both old temples with a rich heritage of centuries and new ones attract hundreds of devotees from all over Goa and other parts of India. The Archaeological Survey of India is actively engaged in excavation, renovation and also relocation where necessary of ancient heritage temples. We present the most famous temples of Goa for your knowledge of the magnificent diversity of Hindu religion in Goa.

 
SHRI ANANT DEVASTHAN -- SAVOI-VEREM
This unique temple is situated at Savoi-Verem village in Ponda taluka. The deity carved in black stone is Lord Vishnu (the God of Preservation) who is in his Anantashayya (a sleeping position where the Lord rests on the multi-headed snake king Seshnaga, whose heads shelter the head of the Lord like an umbrella). Established in 1923 A.D., this temple is the only one containing this posture of the Lord in Goa. The sprawling temple complex consisting of temples of Shantadurga, Kamini, Narayan and Grampurush, and pillars with intricate wooden carvings and plated with silver are worth seeing.
 
SHRI BHAGAWATI TEMPLE - PARSHEM
Situated at a distance of 7 kms. from Pernem in Pernem Taluka, the complex has five temples, the main temple being of Shri Bhagvati, other temples are of Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari and Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapathi, Shri Shankar). Devi Bhagvati temple has two Deepstambhas unique of its kind. Main festivals are Dussehra and annual Zatra.
SHRI BODGESHWAR TEMPLE - MAPUSA
Surrounded by greenery, it is a small shrine dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini. The god is regarded as agngavani i.e. to whom vows are made and who fulfills desires of the devotees. On the fulfillment of desires, people offer presents to the God as promised by them earlier. A very big fair is held in the month of December/January when thousands of devotees flock to this temple.
 
SHRI BRAHMA TEMPLE - VALPOI
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.
 
SHRI CHANDRANATH TEMPLE - PARODA
45 kms from Panaji, it is situated on the top of 350 metres high hill of Chandranath at Paroda, Quepem. Chandreshwar was the titular deity of the Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa 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 the 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 wood carvings.
 
SHRI DAMODAR TEMPLE - ZAMBAULIM
22 kms. from Margao at Zambaulim, this temple is situated in picturesque surroundings on the banks of the river Kushavati, popularly known as Panti. Near the temple, the river is regarded particularly holy and is said to have medicinal properties. Hindus and Christians alike worship the deity. A week long 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 Margao.
SHRI DATTA MANDIR - DATTAWADI
Situated at a distance of 37 kms from Panaji at Dattawadi, Sanquelim, and 40 kms. from Margao, this century old temple of trimurty (Hindu) has a backdrop 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 that 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.
 
SHRI DEVKI KRISHNA-RAVALNATH TEMPLE - MARCELA
17 km from Panaji at Marcela, Ponda, this temple is popularly known as Pisso Ravalnath. During the days of religious persecution the deity was shifted from Chorao, Tiswadi to Mayem in Bicholim and from there to the present place. The Black-stone idol of Devki (mother of Lord Krishna) in standing posture and a child Krishna is unique in Goa. The most important festival is "Malni Paurnima" in the month of Pausa (January).
 
 

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