Temples of Goa
The Hindu mythology and legend surroundings this place stresses its ancient significance, all three members of Hindu trinity has associations’ to Goa. Its origin is related to Lord Vishnu who as Parshurama his sixth incarnation came to free the worlds from Kshatriyas under their thousands armed king. Lord Shiva too chose Goa as his place of exile when a game of dice with his wife Parvati. They were reunited in Goa and stayed on the banks of Zuari River for a million years before returning to Kailas. Lord Brahma, the creator of world and the mankind also has association with Goa. There many temples dedicated to lord Shiva and Vishnu but only one temple is present in Goa of Lord Brahma in Sattari Taluka. Goa’s culture is ancient and the temples dedicated to various deities of Goa are found in Goa. During the early stages of the Portuguese rule, the Hindu temples of Goa were raised to ground and destructed. The Jesuits convinced King of Portugal, to give sanction to Viceroy to destroy all Hindu temples with in the boundaries of Goa and builds churches in their Place. Many devotees shifted their deities to a safer place in fear of destruction.
The Anant Narsinha Temple
It is located in the village of Savoi Verem of Ponda Taluka, and around 45 km from Panaji. It is the only ancient temple Dedicated to lord Vishnu, appearing here in his incarnation as Anant, the serpent. This temple unlike other temples in Goa has only a tiled pyramid as roof and surprisingly no domes but all the seven colors of the rainbow are present in the intricate wooden carvings in the interior of the temple. The beautifully carved black stone idol of the presiding deity of Lord Anant depicts the lord resting on the multi headed Snake king Seshnag, whose heads shelters the head of the Lord like an umbrella. The idol, only one of its kinds in Goa, is in sleeping posture of Vishnu in the laps of the multi headed serpent. Several festivals are celebrated at temple, the most important is the Shibikostav, during which Lord Ananta is carried in a palanquin around the temple complex. ,
It is located in the tiny village of Mardol in Ponda taluka and around 22kms from Panaji city. The Mahalsa temple is dedicated to Mohini, a female attribute of Lord Vishnu. The Goddess, Mahalsa, is an incarnation of Vishnu. This is an ancient temple and the deity was originally placed in a temple at an ancient shrine in village of Verna of Salcete taluka. During the Portuguese rigidity of spreading Christianity, the deity was smuggled away across the river by faithful devotees, to the safer place of Mardol, where it is located today. The beautiful temple was constructed in 1567. The courtyard is dominated by seven storeyed deepmal or lamp tower, there is a magnificent 12.5 meters high deepstamb made of five metals. The main festivals celebrated here are Mahalsa Jatra and Navratra.
Devaki Krishna temple is nearly 17 km from Panaji and it is in the small village of Marcel where this unique temple stands. This is the only temple in India, where Lord Krishna is worshipped along with his mother Devaki. The idols are beautifully carved in black stone, Where Devaki idols is showed in standing posture with child Krishna astride her hip. The idols of presiding deity Devaki Krishna and affiliates deities of Bhumika Devi Laxmi Ravalnath, Katyayani, Mallinath, Chodaneshwar and Dhada Shankar were originally located at Choodamani (chorao) island. They were shifted to Mayem in Bicholim and then to the present location, due to the fear of persecution during the Portuguese inquisition.
Mahalaxmi Temple (Bandode)
Mahalaxmi temple is located in the village of Bandode of Ponda Taluka, and around 22kms from Panaji. The shrine is considered to be the abode of the original goddess of the Shakti cult. The temple has been in existence since 1413 as it is found on the stone plaques carved during the reign of Nanjan Gosavi Pratihast over Goa. However, there was another temple of Mahalaxmi in the fifteenth century in the town of Colva in Salcette. It is believed that Safto and Fato the two devotees who took away the idol in a trunk and first took her to the town of Talaulim near Ponda. Till today, the people of this village worship the sign of the feet of the goddess. So now the temple has two idols of Goddess Mahalaxmi at this place. The main festivals celebrated here are Ramnavmi and Mahashivratri. On Ramnavmi day, the idol of Goddess Mahalaxmi from Colva is taken out in a procession, on the second day of this festival; both the idols are taken out in one chariot to be paraded in a huge procession. On the auspicious day of Mahashivratri the main idol of the Goddess Mahalaxmi is taken out on a chariot carried on the shoulders of devotees.
Mahalaxmi Temple (Panaji)
The Mahalaxmi temple is devoted to Goddess Mahalaxmi. It is situated on the Dr. Dada Vaidya Road. The temple is in the heart of Panaji The city, blessed by three historic ecclesiastical monuments – the Jamma Masjid, the Church of Immaculate Conception and the Mahalaxmi temple – surprisingly standing on the same road pose a perfect symmetry of communal harmony. Though the idol is very ancient, it is kept inside and people worship another new idol. The idol of the presiding deity was brought to Goa in 16th centaury by the Havig Brahmins from Karwar – Kumta areas. The goddess was moved to various locations in fear of persecution but finally, the deity was installed here on 10th July 1818. The temple is around 180 years old, but was completed in 1819.
Shri Chandreshwar Boothnath Temple (QUEPEM)
The temple of Shri Chandreshwar Boothnath is located atop a 350m high Chandranath hill, near Paroda village in the border of Salcette and Quepem talukas. This small temple is dedicated to the lord of moon. Lord Chandreshwar is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, and he is the ancestral deity of Bhoja dynasty, who ruled Goa till the middle of eighteen centaury the commands a panoramic.