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STOP 1-5 STOP 6-11

Stop 1 MAHALASA, MARDOL
Shri Mahalasa Temple is a rare temple dedicated to mohini, the female form of Vishnu, who unusually, wears the yadnyopavitra, or the holy thread. The ancient deity was brought here in the 17th century from its original location at Verna in present day salcete taluka.

The most exceptional feature of the temple is its 21 tiered deepmal, perched atop kurma, the tortoise incarnation of lord Vishnu. It is thought to be the largest lamp of its kind in Goa and India. The elaborate carving on the ceiling of the main hall has parakeet motifs, while that of the eaves depicts the various incarnations or dashavataras, of lord Vishnu. The woodwork on the shikara is also quite extraordinary. The small ablution tank is located behind the temple.
Location: Turn right on NH4A from old Goa’s Gandhi statue square and drive Banastarim and Boma to Mardol.
Timing: 6 am to 9 pm.

 

Stop 2 MANGUESHI ,PRIOL
Just 22 km from Christian Panjim is the first cluster of temples built to house the deities persecuted Hindus fled with. Shri Mangueshi Temple is located on a hillock surrounded by lush green hills. The original deity in this temple dedicated to lord Shiva was brought to the present location from Cortalim in Salcete Taluka, in the 16th century. A brightly painted elephant on wheels stands at the entrance to the temple. It has undergone many renovations and today its style is uniquely Goan. The large courtyard has an equally large ablution tank. The graceful contemplative air of the temple’s courtyard is exemplified by a stunning seven-storeyed deepmal. There are about 12 " Agrashalas" or residences for pilgrims around the temple. No other temple reflects the style used for the Christian churches as much as this 18th century temple, which is painted bright yellow and white. Its Latin cross shape is raised on the plinth. The corridors have two rows of pillars. A silver embossed door flanked by two dwarpalas, leads to the sanctum, while houses the lingam.
Location: Priol is 1 km from Mardol, just off NH4A.
Timings: 6 am- 10 pm

 

Stop 3 SHANTADURGA, KAVALEM
Shantadurga temple, dedicated to Parvati, also known as the goddess of peace is full of remarkable decorative effects, such as usual pagoda like structure, with a roof of stone slabs. Its is located in a breathe taking clearing in a forest. The original temple at this site was built more than 400 years ago and was erected by Shahu, grandson of the great Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji in 1738. Over the sanctum sanctorum, is a four-storeyed, doomed tower, instead of the usual shikara. Within the temple complex is a 5 storeyed deepmal. Chandeliers are suspended from the elaborate ceiling hall and the raths (chariots) are used during Vasant Panchami in February.
Location: Get back onto NH4A from Velinga, and drive till Farmagudi where you turn right till you reach a T junction, then left for Kavlem (Quela).
Timing: 7 am – 9 pm

 

Stop 4 RAMNATH, KAVALEM
A stones throw from this temple is the Shri Ramnath Temple. The lingam, worshipped by devotees of Shiva and Vishnu alike, was brought to this location from Loutolim in Salcete taluka. A noteworthy feature is a silver screen in the inner sanctum sanctorum embossed with animal and floral motifs. Apart from Ramnath, the Lakshmi Narayan, Santeri, Kamxi, Siddhanath, Betaland kal Bhairav deities are also worshipped at this temple.
Location: A short walk from the Shantadurga temple.
Timings:5.30 am – 10 pm

 

Stop 5 NAGUESHI, BANDORA
The Shri Nagueshi Temple, closely resembling the Shantadurga Temple, with an ablution tank in the precincts. Its characteristic feature is the five storeyed lamp tower, decorated with nagas. The shrine is Latin cross-shaped in plan but the dome is not at the intersection of the cross. The corridor in the wings also boasts of a dome, making it appear very Islamic. The mandapa has a delicately carved ceiling with colourful rendering of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. A Hanuman Jayanthi Zatra takes place here every October.
Location: From Farmagudi turn right till the T-point for the left turn to Kavlem. The Right turn goes to bandore, 1 km away. Bandore is just 2 km from Kavlem.
Timing: 8.30 am – 12.30 pm, 3pm- 8.30 pm


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