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Temples of Goa Discover the Fascinating Essence of Hinduism

Hinduism is an ancient religion in Goa, and the Hindus here are called Konkane (resident of Konkan). As per legend, Hinduism was brought to this land by Lord Parashurama from Trihotrapur. He chose this place for Vedic Sacrifices (yajnas). The group of Brahmins then built various temples and monasteries (math) and gradually formed the Hindu settlements. Goa is famous for its Portuguese churches, but at the same time, it is also home to some highly revered temples, taken as pilgrimage by Hindus.
Brahma TempleNagargaon,Valpoi Goa

Second to the legendary Brahma temple in Pushkar, this temple in Nagargao Valpoi too is taken as a pilgrimage. The beautifully sculpted idol of Lord Brahma here belongs to the 5th century A.D. Kadamba period. Here the Lord is shown as Trimurti or the Trinity of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temple here is also known as Brahma Karmali, named after the nearby village. Area that surrounds is full of natural beauty and migratory birds.

Mangeshi TempleMangeshi Village, Priol, North Goa

One of the largest temples in Goa, the 16th century Mangeshi temple has Lord Shiva, presiding as Bhagwan Manguesh. The lord happens to be the family deity of Indian Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar and her family lineage. A pilgrimage of Lord Shiva, the place is largely visited by locals as well as tourists. Festivals like Maha Shivaratri attract throngs of devotees. The temple complex also has shrines of lord Ganesh and Goddess Parvati, along with a many other Hindu deities.

Festivals: Rama Navami, Akshaya Tritiya, Anant Vritotsava, Navaratri, Dusshera, Diwali, Magha Poornima Festival (Jatrotsav) and Mahashivratri

Shanta Durga TempleKapileswari - Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa

A perfect blend of Portuguese and Indian architecture, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Shanta Durga, a form of Durga Herself. As per legend, the goddess played an important role in keeping peace between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, who waged a war against each other. During the 18th century this temple was a small mud hut with a small idol inside, that was destroyed by Portuguese. It was again rebuilt as a bigger complex and has a refreshing look and great reverence.

Festivals: Magh Shuddha Panchami (Jatrautsav) and Navaratri

Mahadev TempleNear Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctury, Sanguem, Surla, Goa

Located in Tambdi Surla and surrounded by lush greenery, this is one of the oldest temples in Goa. On the banks of River Surla, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is adorned with intricate carvings and faces east, hence the rays of the rising sun fall on the deity. Inside is a small mandap (pillared hall) and the inner sanctum has three-tiered tower. Alongwith Lord Shiva, bas reliefs of Lord Vishnu and Brahma can also be seen. Roof of the temple has grey sloping slabs. As per the people residing there, King Cobra lives in the main hall of the temple to protect it; thus making it more blessed.

Festivals: Maha-Shivaratri

Shri Nageshi Maharudra TempleBandiwade, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa

The beautiful temple in Ponda has Lord Shiva, as the main deity, presiding as Lord Nageshi. People believe that the shivalinga here is swayambhu (naturally formed). Everyday throngs of devotees visit here to worship Lord Shiva and receive His blessings. As per legend, thousands of years ago, a cow was seen milking on this naturally formed Shiva Linga. Since then people started worshipping it and surprisingly, it was untouched by the Portuguese during their rule. In the front side of the temple is a tank, where people take a bath before worshipping the Lord.

Festivals: Anguish Satrap (November), 8-day Kartik Poornima, Chaitra Poornima and Maha Shivratri

Shri SapteshwarBhagwati Temple, Mandrem in Pernem Taluka, Goa

Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati is the presiding deity in this 5-century old temple. The deity here is in Ashtabhuja (eight hands) form and stands on a high pedestal. As one enters the temple, he will be welcomed by two life size elephants made of black stone. The entire complex has five temples that belong to Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari & Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapath, Shri Shankar).During Navaratri and Dussehra thousands of devotees visit here for a darshan. Shri Bhagavati temple at Parshem is also popular among Hindus.

Festivals: Dussehra is celebrated from Ashwin Shuddha Pratipada to Poornima.


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