TEMPLES [STOP 6-11]
Stop 6 MAHADEV TEMPLE, TAMBDI SURLA
Few people have the inclination to visit Tambdi Surla Temple
because of its remote location, but if time permits drive
down to this village in Sanguem. Here, in an isolated
Spot on a grassy knoll amidst thickly wooded trees, with towering
hills for a backdrop, this 13th century Temple presents a
dramatic and even a trifle mysterious picture. The Temple
itself lies along East-west axis, which makes it similar to
temples from south India. It is beautifully carved from black
basalt and the plinth has three simple moldings. The sabhamandapa
or antarala (entrance hall) has ten different pillars. The
square, open mandapa has four freestanding pillars and pilasters
on its walls. One of the pillars has a relief of an elephant
at its base. The two tiered shikara above the garbhagriha
has miniature relief carvings for four deities- Brahma, Vishnu,
Shiva and Parvati. There is a lingam on a low recessed pitha
in the garbhagriha. The ceilings are decorated with floral
motifs. Like the famous temple of Dharwar district in Karnataka,
this too is devoid of embellishments on the exterior.
Location: Near Mollem National Park in Sanguem in
south east Goa, 73 km east of Panjim and 40 km from Ponda.
Timing: sunrise to sunset.
Stop 7 LAXMI NARASIMHA, VELINGA
In an idyllic thickly wooded setting is the 18th century Shri
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. This temple’s deity was transferred
from sancoale near Vasco-Da-Gama in 1567. The original entrance
is at the rear of the temple. Set into the hillside is a tank
with an elaborate gateway fringed by coconut palms. The tiled
roofs of the temple have a pitch and character reminiscent
of the roof forms in kerala. The gaily-painted mandapa has
stout, richly carved pillars, carved elephants and tigers.
The sanctum with the deity surrounded in silver splendour
is open only to believers.
Location: the turn off fro Velinga is opposite the
turn off to Priol on NH4A.
Timing: 7 am to 8.30 pm.
Stop 8 DEVAKI-KRISHNA TEMPLE AT MARCHEL
Like many of Goa's temples, the Devaki-Krishna Temple at Marchel
was moved here from two previous locations, to be safe from
oppression. The beautiful and unusual image in black stone
is of the baby Krishna on his mother, Devaki's hip. Could
the Baby Jesus and his Mother, Mary, represented in so many
of the neighboring churches here have given this temple its
inspiration, or is it simply an astonishing coincidence of
the overlapping of Western and Eastern traditions?
Stop 9 SHREE SANUSTHAN GOKARN PARTHAGALI JEEVOTHAM
This Math is situated at Parthagali, in Canacona taluka. It
is a math of the Gaud Saraswat community, and was established
in 1475 by Swamiji Shreemad Narayanateertha. It is headed
by a Swamiji, an uninterrupted lineage of over 23 so far.
In the campus lies a Banyan tree, considered to be a "Tapasya
Kshetra", the site of "revelation" of the "inner
self" by the process of meditation. There are few temples
in the campus.
Stop 10 SHRI MAHALAXMI TEMPLE - PANAJI
Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is located at the Altinho foothill
of Panaji and was built on contributions made by devotees
in 1817. The deity is Goddess Mahalakshmi, the Hindu Goddess
of Wealth, made of black stone, with four hands and is placed
in a silver canopy. This is the peaceful or Satvik form of
Devi. According to the Shakti cult (worship of power), Mahalakshmi
is the original Goddess who takes forms according to three
aspects or gunas viz. Brahma (peaceful, calm form or satva),
Vishnu (creative action or rajas) and Shiva (destruction or
tamas). The deity originally from Mayem in Bicholim taluka
was transferred to the present site.
Stop 11 SHRI DAMODAR, ZAMBAULIM
Shri Damodar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated
on the banks of the Kushavati River, which is said to have
The original temple of this deity was situated in Margao.
The deity was transferred to its present location in the year
1567 when the Portuguese brought down the original temple
and built the Church of the Holy Spirit in its place.
The main festival celebrated at this temple is Holi. Loads
of devotees from all over Goa join in the celebrations. This
colourful event is celebrated with pomp and gaiety for several