Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Goa
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 Sri 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.
Sri Manguesh Temple, Goa
Sri Manguesh temple at
Mangueshi in Ponda Taluka, the most prominent among temples, is
situated along the National Highway-4A about 23-km from Panaji.
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 Sri 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.
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. Devout
worship is offered to this deity by its citizens and tourists as
well. Festivals and periodical devotional activities are
conducted with great zeal commendable.
Sri Naguesh Temple, Goa
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 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".
Sri Navdurga Temple, Goa
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.
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
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".