Sri Ramnathi Temple, Goa
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.
Sri Shantadurga Temple
There is the
famous temple of Sri Shantadurga the goddess of peace who is said
to have settled a quarrel between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu
amicably. Sri 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 Sri 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.
Sri Vithal Temple, Goa
the famous Sri Vithal temple situated on the bank of Valvanta
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.
Sri Morjaee Temple, Goa
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".