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Temples In & Around Goa

Temples across the state cover a vital portion of culture attributed to Goa's eventful history. Conglomerations of age-old beliefs, influx of multiple faiths and incubation of different architectural designs have developed an ingenious place for Temples in Goa. The land of Goa reflects a unique amalgamation of the Hindu and Christian culture and traditions. The Temples and Churches in & around Goa are testimony to this, and are visited by tourists coming from all walks of life regardless of the religions and castes. The Temples in & around Goa house different deities of the Hindu religion. Thus the devotees have an array of choices when it comes to visiting the Temples in Goa.

Eminent Temples In & Around Goa

Shri Mangueshi Temple is notably among the largest of Temples in & around Goa. Perched on a hillock, this is one of the most frequently visited Temples in Goa. Located about 21 kms from Panaji, the temple is close to the NH 4A, which connects Ponda to Panaji. Lord Shiva's Statue is a major attraction inside this Goa Temple. It is only Temple in Goa you get to see Lord Shiva with a beard since he had come down to Goa from the Himalayas to relax.

Reaching Mardol via Banastarim takes you to the famous 16th Century Temple of Shri Mahalsa Narayani. Your eyes will not miss the 12.5 Mts Brass Lamp Tower in front of the temple, the largest lamp of such a nature in India.

Shri Anantha Temple is the only temple of Ananata in Goa. Located at Sovoi Verem in Ponda District, this unique architectural evidence is encompassed by water on all the sides. Admire the black stone image of Lord Anantha inside the temple and the Sylvan Scene Outside. It is a wholesome experience for the devotees coming to Goa since the place evokes a sense fo mysticism coupled of unfailing devotion.

Shri Shantadurga Temple is another temple to visit in Goa, which shows off its exclusive architectural designs. The Marble Chandeliers take you back to 16th Century. Shri Shantadurga, hailed as the goddess of peace, is believed to have cemented peace between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The deity is being worshipped all over Goa. Try to be a part of the week-long procession to witness the grand display.

Mahadev Bhumika Temple on the Bicholim-Dodamarg Road in Bilchim District welcomes you during the 3-day procession beckoning drumming and dancing. This is one of the revered Temples in Goa dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gade is a festival held between February & March. It is during this time that the pilgrims await a divine vision of 'Devchars'.

Situated 12 Kms from Kavalem, Goa Shri Kamakshi Temple is an important religious landmark dedicated to Shri Kamakashi. This Goa Temple in Shiroda Village of Ponda District is a symbol of unfailing veneration local people have for Goddess Kamakshi. Your visit to this temple gives you a slice of Goa's religious beliefs.

Shri Chandreshwar Temple is one of the few temples in Goa sharing its origin with Bhoja dynasty. Dedicated to Lord Chandranath, this 17th Century Goa Temple stands on the top of a 359 m high hill in Quepem District. Besides encountering the Green Valleys below you can manage to get a moon-bathed view of the rock cut Shiva Linga on a full moon night. Do watch for the Temple's Ancient Chariot and study its wood carvings

Shri Navdurga Temple is another religious Temple in Goa whose history goes back to 500 Years. The stone idol of the Goddess resembles the form of "Mahisasurmardini" standing in a unique pose. Lying 9 Kms east of Ponda, visitors come to this temple mainly during the Annual Fair.

Shri Vithal Temple, located on the bank of Vavanta River, is a handiwork of the ancestors of Rane family. Like many other Temples in Goa, Vithal Temple went through a renovation process in the mid 20th Century. If you are seeking attractions in the temple roll your eyes over intricate designs of Wooden Chariot resembling the Chariot Of Arjuna of Mahabharata. North Indian architecture of temple is the main essence of the temple. Come here a week prior to Chairtra Purnima to know it better.

Shri Devaki Krishna Temple in Goa is a fitting tribute to the divine connection between Lord Krishna and his mother Devaki. Situated 17 kms from Panaji beside The Banastari Bridge, the temple houses wonderfully designed idols depicting mutual love and care between a mother and her child. Your eyes will not miss the idols of Laxmi Ravalnath, Mallinath, Katyayani, Chodaneshwar and others. Malni Purnima is the time when the temple draws devotees in large numbers. The festival takes place between January & February.

Navaratri & Chaitra Purnima are the festivals when you can discover Shri Mahalakshmi Temple in a new way. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi, the main deity of Panaji. This is the first Hindu temple in Goa after the Portuguese invasion by Alfonse. Maruti Jatra festival during January-February invites a large number of devotees at the Shri Mahalakshmi Temple.

Other Temples In & Around Goa

Some of the other eminent temples in & around Goa are Shri Brahma Temple, Shri Devaki Krishna Temple, Shri Shantadurga Temple, Naguesh Temple, Shri Gopal Ganpati Temple and Shri Maruti Temple. Shri Shantadurga Temple is the biggest and is devoted to Goddess Shantadurga or Parvati. The Devaki Krishna temple reflects the love and affection between Lord Krishna and Devaki, who was his mother.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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