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Shree Rudreshwar Temple at Harvalem

Located in Bicholim Taluka at a distance of 45 kms. from Panaji the temple of Rudreshwar is half a km. away from the rock-cut caves of Harvalem where the ancient linga of Rudreshwar is venerated.  The idyllic Harvalem waterfalls is close by.   The image of Rudreshwar is facing the waterfall.  The festival of Mahashivaratri draws big crowds.  However, the temple assumes importance as Hindus perform rites for the dead here.

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Shree Vithal Mandir

41 kms. from Panaji situated at Vithalwadi, Sanquelim, Shri Vitthal is the ancestral God of ‘Ranes’ who had put up prolonged memorable resistance to Portuguese rule.  The main festival is Chaitri (April).  Its celebration is a lavish affair for the people miles around
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Shree Saunsthan Gokarn Partagali Jeevotam Math

 Located at Partagali Village on the banks of the sacred rivulet Kushavati, this math established by Shreemad Narayanateertha Swamiji in the year 1475 A.D. has an  uninterrupted tradition of 23 Swamijis.  This is an ancient  Math of the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Vaishnav Community which maintained contact with the scattered members of the community.  The symbol representing the spiritual movement carried on by the Math for over 500 years is one of the few huge ancient ‘vatavriksha’ (Banyan tree) which is about 200 ft. x 225ft. and is considered a Tapasya Kshetra for over a thousand years.  Vatavriksha and the Ishwar linga in front of it are worshipped by the people of Partagali and adjoining area.  This place is popularly known as Bramhasthan.  Partagali is being devloped into a centre of culture and learning, without in any way tampering with its glorious traditons.
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Shree Damodar

22 kms. from Margao at Zambaulim-Sanguem, situated in picturesque surroundings on the banks of river Kushavati,  popularly known as Panti.  Near the temple, the river is regarded particularly holy and is said to have medicinal properties.  The deity is worshipped by the Hindus and Christians alike.  A week long celebration of Shigmo is packed with programmes which include a colourful fair, exchange of gulal, collective meals and presentation of shows on popular legends and folk culture.  The deity was originally in Margao.

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Shree Kamakshi Saunsthan Shiroda

40 kms. from Panaji.  According to mythology, Shri Kamakshi, was brought from kaurang (Kanchi).
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Shree Gomantak Tirupati Balaji Padmavati Temple

Blessed by Jagad Guru Shri sanuarcharya Swamigal of Shri  Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthan is located in the temple circuit of Ponda Taluka, 1 Km. away from Kundaim on NH-4A at Cuncoliem village in Salubrious environment and a visit is spiritually refreshing.
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Shree Saunsthan Goudpadacharya Kavle Math

This Math is a brilliant heritage of Goud Saraswat Smarth Community with branches all over India.  This Math situated at Kavalem, in Ponda Taluka is named after historic seer and exponent of the Adwaita system of Vedanta.  The Math was shifted from Cortalim in the year 1630 during the inquisition period and re-established by Shrimad Satchidanand Saraswati  Swamiji.
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Shree Navdurga Saunsthan

34 kms. from Panaji at Borim (12 kms. from Margao) the deity of Goddess Navdurga was originally brought by Brahmins of Karad to Goa.  The deity was later transferred from Benaulim in Salcete to its present site at Borim.
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Shree Bhagavati Temple at Parshem

Situated at a distance of 7 km. from Pernem in Pernem Taluka, the complex has five temples, main temple being of Shri Bhagavati, and other temples are of Shri Sateri,  Shri Dev Ravalnath,  Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari  & Brahma  (Shri  Vishnu, Shri Ganapath, Shri Shankar ).  Devi Bhagavati temple has two Deepstambhas unique of its kind. Main festivals are Dassehra and annual Zatra.

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Shree Shantadurga

14  kms.  from Mapusa at Dhargal,  Pernem.  When all the temples in Bardez were destroyed by the Portuguese,  this Goddess was removed at Sanquelim.  It was at the time of the notorious Portuguese inquisition in Goa.   Therefore, in 1550 A.D. this Goddess was taken to Dhargal in Pernem Taluka which also formed part of Sawantwadi principality.  The ‘Zatra’ of this Goddess is held in the month of December.  The temple has beautiful natural surroundings.

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Tapobhoomi

Born under the divine inspiration of his Holiness Haturli Mathadhish Shrimad Brahmanand Swamiji, the Tapobhoomi Complex at Kundai has now become a centre of pilgrimage to the students of Hindu culture and religion, spread over an area of 10,000 sq.mts.  This centre of Param Pujya Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya harbours a number of projects, a unique Datta Mandir, Sanskrit pathshala, Dhyaan Gumfa (Chamber for meditation), Ayurveda Centre, Yoga Anusandhan Kendra, Bhajani Vidyalaya,  Bhaktoddhar Library, etc
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Shree Kalikadevi

14 kms. from Mapusa at Kansarpal.  It is said to be about hundred years old.  Divided into outer halls, supported with seven rows of four pillars, has a stage to perform dramas on festive occasion.  The inner shrine contains the reserved image of Goddess ‘Kali’ a fierce form of Devi.   Agrashalas (rest house) surrounding the temple provide facilities for lodging to the devotees
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Shree Devkikrishna Ravalnath

17 km. at Marcela, Ponda, is popularly known as Pisso Ravalnath.  The most important festival is ‘Malni Pournima’ in the month of Pausa (January ).

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Shree Mahadeo Bhumika at Sal, Bicholim

Situated at a distance of 25 kms from Mapusa,  temple complex has beautiful natural surroundings.  The three day festival of ‘Gades’ which begins on Phalgun Purnima draws big crowds.  The devotees believe that people can have the darshan of ‘Devchars’ during the Gade festival.
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Shree Ramnath

33 kms. from Panaji in Ponda Taluka.  Besides the shrine of the main Ramnath deity it has four small temples of Shri Laxminarayan, Shri Shantadurga (Sateri),  Shri Betal and Shri Sidhanath.  The five together, constitute Shri Ramnath Panchayatan.  The legend in mythology says that Rameshwar  is the original abode of Lord Ramnath.

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Shree Gopal Ganapat

26 kms. from Panaji at Farmagudi, Ponda, amidst beautiful natural surroundings, near Bandora.   The Portuguese Viceroy attacked the fort of Ponda in October, 1683 but had to beat a hasty retreat at the sudden appearance of the Maratha King Sambhaji with a large army.  Farmagudi commemorates this event.  The stone  image of Gopal Ganapati was discovered by herdsmen while grazing cattle near the hill and later installed in a small shrine with a thatched roof .  The temple built by late Shri Dayanand Bandodkar, the first Chief Minister of Goa had the idol, made of metal alloy, consecrated on April 24, 1966.  It is a good specimen of Indian temple architecture synthesizing both ancient and modern.
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Shree Shantadurga

33 kms. and 3 km. From Mangueshi Temple at post Mardol, Ponda –Goa. Sumptuously built at Kavlem, is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva.  Has a rich and beautiful Garbhakuda or the holy of holies where the deity is kept.  The deity was shifted from Kelsi.  Agrashalas provide lodging facilities to the devotees
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Shree Saptakoteshwar

37 kms. from Panaji at Narve-Bicholim, was a favoured deity of Kadamba Kings.  Its original temple was situated in the island of Diwar.  It was destroyed by the Portuguese and the idol was shifted to its present site at Narve (Bicholim).  Many years afterwards in 1668 A.D. Chhatrapati Shivaji ordered renovation of this temple at the present site during one of his campaigns to oust the Portuguese.   The linga worshipped in this temple is faceted and is known as ‘Dharalinga’.
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Shree Bhagavati

28 kms.  from Panaji in Pernem Taluka.  The temple, situated by the side of the main road, is said to be more than 500 years old.  Two life size images of elephants in standing position, made of black stone on either side at the entrance, welcome the visitors.  The Goddess Bhagavati Asthbhuja in a standing position on a high pedestal, is very imposing .   Dussehra is celebrated with gaiety from Ashwin Shuddha Pratipada to Poornima, when over 25 thousand devotees assemble at the temple.

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Shree Maha Ganapati temple

is located at Madel in Tivim Village Panchayat area of Bardez in North Goa.   The temple has on the northern side the backdrop of a high peaked hill.   To the south there is a small rivulet whose waters used by the people for bathing are believed to be medicinal.   To the West the land slopes away and a meandering pathway used by the villagers can be seen.   To the East are the quaint houses of the villagers set amidst beautiful trees.

During the month of August (Shravan) the temple is being illuminated and beautifully decorated and also Singing Comeptition is being organised.

In the year 1970, during the time of desilting the pond at Madel, which is attached to the temple 4 statues were found of God namely : (1) Ganapati  (2)  Mahishasur Mardani and some others.
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Shree Gomanteshwar Devasthan Brahmapur

It is situated near Ela farm at Old Goa.   Mahadev was worshipped during the days of Kadamba kingdom in Goa.  Madan Tirtha Goraksha Math, etc. still remind the glory of the place.
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Shri Madanant temple

Situated in Savoi Verem. 12 Kms. from Ponda and 30 Kms. from Panaji, is surrounded by hills and fields, beetal nut farm, coconut and cashew trees.  The God, Shri Vishnu is lying on  the Sheshyasan.   Shri Laxmi is sitting at the feet of Lord Vishnu.  The temple is surrounded by water and it is 500 years old.
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Shree Sapteshwar-Bhagvati Temple at Mandrem

Situated 17 kms. from Mapusa in Pernem Taluka,  the complex has five temples, main temples being of Shri Sapteshwar and Bhagavati.  Other temples, are Narayan, Ravalnath and Satpurush.  Dassehra, Zatra, Bhajani Saptah are the main festivals.  The temples were renovated some years ago.
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Shree Mahalaxmi

situated in the village of Bandode, about 4 kms. from Ponda.  It  is considered the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult.  The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagvata sect, which is considered one of the few galleries of wooden images of Vishnu in India.  The image of Mahalakshmi has a close resemblance to that of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, the main centre of worship.  Her special feature is that she wears a linga on her head and is considered a peaceful or Satvik form of the Devi.  The Goddess Mahalakshmi was worshipped by the Shilahara rulers (750 – 1030 A.D.) and the early  Kadamba Kings of Goa
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Shree Naguesh

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated in the village of Bandora , about 4 kms. to the east of Ponda.  The temple Sabhamandap has a gallery on both sides that contains exquisite specimen of intricate wood carvings of the event of Ramayana on one side and wooden images of Astadikpal and Gandharva on the other.
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Shree Mahalsa

At Mardol. 1 km. from Shri Mangueshi temple.  The deity worshipped is an attribute of Vishnu (Mohini during the fight between Devas and Asuras).  Main festivals : Zatra (February) and Navaratra.
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Shree Chandranath

45 kms.  It is situated on the top of 350 metres high hill of Chandranath, at Paroda,  Quepem.   Chandreshwar was the titular deity of Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa before the Christian till the middle of 8th century.  They had named their capital Chandrapur after the deity.  Shivalinga is carved out from the rock which oozes whenever rays of full moon fall on it.  The temple is so designed that Linga receives moonlight on every full moon.  The temple commands a panoramic view and its surroundings are enchanting.  The temple’s ancient chariot is well known for its wood carvings.
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Temple of Shree Mahadev at Tambdi Surla

66 kms.  from Panaji in Sanguem Taluka at the foot of the Ghats, is the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture (13th century) in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa.  A motorable road connects Sancordem to this temple complex.
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Shree Manguesh

22 kms. from Panaji (26 kms. from Margao) at Priol-Ponda Taluka .  It is located on a hillock surrounded by lush green hills.  Though small it has an air of distinctive elegance.  Its lofty white tower at the entrance is a landmark of the country-side.  This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
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Shree Mallikarjun

40 kms. from Margao at Canacona, the southernmost Taluka of Goa, is believed to have been constructed during the middle of 16th century by ancestors of the Kshatriya Samaj.  It was renovated in the year 1778.  The temple has massive wooden pillars with intricate carvings.  There are 60 deities around the temple, Rathasaptami in February and Shigmotsav in March/April are the festivals of note, which draw large crowds.
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Shree Lairai Temple

The temple of Shree Lairai is situated at Sirigao about 2 kms. from Panaji-Valpoi Highway.   Recently an old temple has been reconstructed at a cost about Rs. 80.00 lakhs.   The temple is unique in North Goa, the combination of northern and southern art and design of temples have been applied in constructing the temple.   It is one of the attraction to the tourists visiting holy places, temples in Goa.

Shree Lairai Saunsthan of Sirigao, Goa is one of the oldest and most famous Devasthans in Goa.  The deity Lairai is famous all over Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka , for her unique “HOMAKUND”.   Every year thousands of devotees attend annual feast of deity to witness the walking of ‘DHOND” through sacred fire called “HOMAKUND”.
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Brahma Temple

7 kms. from Valpoi, in the village of Brahma Carambolim.  This shrine belongs to the 5th century A.D.   It is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma found in India.

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Shree Datta Mandir

37 kms. at Dattawadi, Sanquelim, and 40 kms. from Margao.  The century old temple of trimurthy (Hindu) has a back drop of a beautiful hillock covered with dense groves of areca palms.  The most important festival, which is attended by devotees from all over Goa, is Datta Jayanti which falls in the month of December.  The deity is believed to have cured many people of unsound mind.  The entire interior consist of white marble.
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Shree Mahadev temple

 It is situated in Sanguem Taluka of Goa.  it has a rich legacy and pre Portuguese history and heritage situated at a distance of 74 Kms. from Panaji.

The temple dates back to the pre historic times 10th or 11th century A.D..   The temple is very close to the Selaulim Dam site at Shelpem Selaulim.

  1. The temple is in typical kadamba style motifs: lozenges, creepers, lotus bud, etc.

This temple was shifted/transplanted from its original site at Kurdi 17 Kms. away, to the present site as the temple was getting submerged due to the dam project.

This is the first laterite stone monument in the world and the second monument in the country to be relocated.
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Shree Shantadurga (Kunkolienkarin)

18 kms. from Margao, at Fatorpa (Quepem).  Originally from Cuncolim village in Salcete Taluka, the Goddess was removed to Fatorpa in 16th century during religious persecution by the Portuguese.  The annual Zatra ,which falls in the month of Pausha Shuddha Navami, attracts thousands of devotees from all over Goa.
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Shree Devi Sharvani

Vithal Maharudra Panchayatan the complex comprises of temples of Jagrut Swayambhu Goddess Sharvani, Mahadev and Vetal with his life size image of stone and other deities.  It is situated in scenic surroundings at Advolpal in North Goa, 2.5 kms. from Assonora on Pirna main road.  Goddess is known for fulfilling the vows of her devotees through Kaul Prasad who also perform Tulbhar to propitiate her.  Thousands of devotees throng on vardhapan day,  Divja  Zatra day and annual zatra day in November/December when procession of Goddess is taken out in decorated chariot.
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Shree Morjaee Temple at Morjim

Situated at Morjim in Pernem Taluka this ancient historical temple complex is situated amidst natural surroundings.  The main festival is “Kalas Utsav” which is celebrated once in every three,  five,  seven  or nine years.   The duration of the festival is nearly a month beginning from Phalgun Shuddha  Panchami.   The concluding seven days is a big religious and cultural affair when people not only from Goa but from Sindhudurg to Karwar assemble in large number.  Other festivals are Gudi Padwa,  Dussehra,  annual  Zatra, “divzam”  and ghodemodni
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