|Goa at A Glance
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Temples of Goa
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Despite the Portuguese influence that dominated Goa over
the centuries, it is fascinating to see how such a large number of Hindu
temples have survived here. Uprooted from place to place, the presiding
deities were preserved and worshipped, at times, even in the houses of
pujaris (priests), till they were ultimately ensconced in their present-day
abodes. Some such old temples of Goa, which are noted for their natural
beauty and simple architecture, have certain basic features, as in the
days of yore, of being surrounded by betel nut trees, coconut groves and
lakes of pure water. When you enter any of these temples you are welcomed
by the sentinels-the great pillars of light.
SHRI GANPATI TEMPLE
Atrunja taluka in Goa is now called Ponda. It is a land of valleys
and mountains. An ideal abode for the gods amidst coconut and areca nut
groves, Ponda has many Hindu temples, the Sri Ganapati Temple at Khandole
village being one of the most prominent and oldest. As in the case of
all Ganapati temples, legends and lore are aplenty here. The idol of Ganapati,
who rides on a mouse, was shifted during the inquisition from Elle to
Naveli in Dewadi island; then to Khandepar in Ponda; from Ponda to Narve
in Dichole; and finally to Khandole village near Mashel town in Ponda
ANANT DEVASTHAN -- SAVOI-VEREM
This unique temple is situated at Savoi-Verem village in Ponda taluka.
The deity carved in black stone is Lord Vishnu (the God of Preservation)
who is in his Anantashayya (a sleeping position where the Lord rests on
the multi-headed snake king Seshnaga, whose heads shelter the head of
the Lord like an umbrella). Established in 1923 A.D., this temple is the
only one containing this posture of the Lord in Goa. The sprawling temple
complex consisting of temples of Shantadurga, Kamini, Narayan and Grampurush,
and pillars with intricate wooden carvings and plated with silver are
SHRI BODGESHWAR TEMPLE - MAPUSA
Surrounded by greenery, it is a small shrine dedicated to Kanakeshwar
Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini. The god is regarded as agngavani
i.e. to whom vows are made and who fulfills desires of the devotees. On
the fulfillment of desires, people offer presents to the God as promised
by them earlier. A very big fair is held in the month of December/January
when thousands of devotees flock to this temple.
SHRI BRAHMA TEMPLE - VALPOI
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.
SHRI CHANDRANATH TEMPLE - PARODA
45 kms from Panaji, it is situated on the top of 350 metres high hill
of Chandranath at Paroda, Quepem. Chandreshwar was the titular deity of
the Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa 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 the 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.
SHRI DAMODAR TEMPLE - ZAMBAULIM
22 kms. from Margao at Zambaulim, this temple is situated in picturesque
surroundings on the banks of the river Kushavati, popularly known as Panti.
Near the temple, the river is regarded particularly holy and is said to
have medicinal properties. Hindus and Christians alike worship the deity.
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
SHRI DATTA MANDIR - DATTAWADI
Situated at a distance of 37 kms from Panaji at Dattawadi, Sanquelim,
and 40 kms. from Margao, this century old temple of trimurty (Hindu) has
a backdrop 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 that falls in the month of December. The deity is
believed to have cured many people of unsound mind. The entire interior
consists of white marble.
SHRI DEVKI KRISHNA-RAVALNATH TEMPLE - MARCELA
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 neighbouring churches here have given this temple its
inspiration, or is it simply an astonishing coincidence of the overlapping
of Western and Eastern traditions?
SHRI ANANTA TEMPLE
Shri Ananta Temple at Sovei Veram is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
the second god of the Hindu Trinity, whose role is that of preservation,
just as Brahma. s is of creation and Shiva. s is of dissolution. This
is the only Ananta Temple in Goa and therefore of special interest. Surrounded
on all sides by water and beautiful countryside, the aspect of the temple
site inspires tranquility and peace. For village folk, the pilgrimage
could be undertaken for the purpose of exorcising spells as the belief
is that the Lord has the power to do so.
|Goa at A Glance
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Church building was one of the main occupations of the early Portuguese
and in fact one of Vasco da Gama's main missions for finding the
sea route to India.
Goa is the home of the famous Vindaloo, originally an extra-hot
and sour pork curry, but now made with a variety of meat and fish.