Mangeshi Temple Ponda
The Shri Mangeshi Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is considered to be the most important temple in Goa, it belongs to the typical Goan Hindu temple style of architecture. It is very distinctive with its white towers, welcoming at the entrance even though it is small and exquisite. It is located on a Hillock at Proil which is in the Ponda Taluka, surrounded with lush greenery which creates a separate place in the hearts of the onlookers. It is 22 kms from Panjim and 26 kms from Margao. It is one of the largest, wealthiest and most frequently visited temples in Goa.
Shree Damodar Temple at Zambaulim
The Shri Damodar Temple is one of the most beautiful and famous architecture constructions in Goa. It stands on the bank of Kushawati River near the Zambaulim Village, just 22 km from the City of Margao on the border of Quepem region (Quepem taluk) in the South of Goa. Hindus believe that the Kushawati River is a sacred one place and that its healing powers help to get rid of various body ailments. This famous temple houses an incarnation of lord Shiva, the deity of lord Damodar. The deity was originally based in a temple where the Holy Spirit Church in Margao now stands and was moved to escape from the Portuguese inquisition in 1565 when the temple was destroyed and the church was built on its site. Both Hindus as well as the Catholics alike revere it. And it was originally founded in Mathagram, later known as Madgaon.
Mahalsa Temple Ponda
Mahalsa is a hindu goddess. She is venerated in two distinct traditions. As an independent goddess, she is considered as a form of Mohini, the female avatar of the god Vishnuand is called Mahalasa Narayani. Mhalsa is also worshipped as the consort of the folk god Khandoba, a form of the god. In this tradition, she is associated withParvati, Shiva’s wife as well as Mohini.It is also believed that she is incarnation of Parvati with the beauty of Mohini as per Lord Shiva’s wish.As an independent goddess, Mahalasa’s chief temples exist in Mardol as Mahalasa Narayani and Nevasa as Mhalsa Mohini or Mhalsa Devi , which is considered as her birthplace as Khandoba’s wife.
As the name suggests the Shantadurga Temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess of peace. Situated 33 kilometres from Panaji, the temple has an idol of Goddess Durga with Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva on either side. It is symbolic to the mediation that Goddess Durga did when there was a fierce fight between both the gods. The temple is a fusion of Indo-Portugese architecture. There are many guest houses built on the sides of the temple. The main attraction is the golden ‘palki’ on which the deity is carried on festive occasions
He stands tall and elegant. He blesses all those who come to see him. He is Brahma – the Supreme Creator of the Universe according to the Hindu pantheon .Standing on a beautifully carved typically Kadamba pedestal in the silence of the hamlet named after Him – that is Brahma Karmali. Brahma Karmali is situated near Valpoi – the taluka headquarters of Sattari. The hamlet and temple of Karmali is seven kms from Valpoi and lies in the village of Nagargaon also known as Chandrigram. The beautifully chiseled out image of Brahma is dated to the Kadamba period and belongs to the 12th century AD. The supreme creator is housed in a simple temple known as Brahmadeva Devastan – Brahma Karmali.
The most ancient temple in the whole of Goa is located at a place called Tambi Surla which is approximately 65 kms from the capital city of Panaji and 12 kms from the border crossing post of Mollem. Tambdi Surla itself is in the midst of a forested area accessible via a 22 kms route from the main town of Valpoi in Sattari Taluka. The temple itself is built in Jain style in the twelfth century. There are some interesting details about the construction itself which has led to debates about the actual origins of the temple. The temple is built in a place which is quite inaccessible and away from the main settlements of the time. The size of the temple is quite small as compared to the size of the average Goan temple. And finally the top part of the temple has never been completed.