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Famous Hindu Temples In Goa

26 Nov 2022 03:53 PM
Famous Hindu Temples In Goa

Goa is a place that is famous all over the country for its wild parties and serene beaches. However, there is much more offered by the state than the coasts. If you are among the people who think that Goa is just another party place, you have got some serious rethinking to do. The state has a rich culture and heritage, with the many temples that are dotted all over its map. Some of the famous temples that you will find in Goa will cater to your spiritual self, photographic fantasies, and historical curiosities. There are many Hindu temples in Goa that were built before the Portuguese came to the state and established the tourist destination in its current form.

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1. Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple

Shri Saptakosteshwar Temples one of the most famous temples in Goa. It is an architectural marvel that was built in the Mughal era and the design of the temple has European inspiration. The temple is an important stop for the devotees all over India who celebrate the festival known as Gokulashtami. It is located in the city of Bicholim in South Goa and sits around 37 kilometers away from the state capital. The temple is open all days of the week for the needs of the devotees.

2. Mahalaxmi Temple

Another important temple in Goa is the Mahalaxmi Temple, which becomes a major devotee stop during the festivals of Navratri and Chaitra Purnima. There are 18 images which depict the ious sects from the Holy Bhagavata, attracting pilgrims all around the year. The Goddess of wealth and peace, Mahalaxmi, is the prime deity that is worshipped in this temple. It is located in the city of Bandivade in Goa.

3. Maruti Temple

Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the Maruti Temple is a must visit temple when in Goa. The people with a curiosity in history will find it quite interesting to visit the temple and know about the historical and mythical stories about its construction. Any list of temples in Goa cannot be complete without the Maruti Temple. There are many nearby attractions like the Reis Magos Fort and the Goa State Museum which are in cahoots with the theme of the visit.

4. Shri Damodar Temple

Shri Damodar Temple is dedicated to Lord Damodar, the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to have healing powers since many devotees have claimed that their bodies were healed of all illnesses after visiting the temple. It is located in Sanguem in South Goa and the temple rituals are a must see. There is a Palanquin that is carried out with the idol of Lord Damodar around the temple walls. The procession has fourteen stops, devotees singing the prayers all the while.

5. Mangeshi Temple

With the many temples in Goa, one which stands out from the rest is the Mangeshi Temple. The architecture of the temple is traditional but the art inside and outside the temple is quite modern in styling. Every evening, hundreds of diyas are lit in the north side of the temple. There is a blend of modern and traditional Hindu art in the temple. It is located in Ponda in North Goa and is famous for the annual festivals of Ram Navmi, MahaShivratri, and JatraUtsav.

These are some of the famous Hindu temples in goa that you must include in your list of places to see in Goa.

Author Bio

Christina Daniels
Story teller, backpacker, shutterbug
Christina Daniels is a storyteller, cinema writer, backpacker and photographer. She is also the author of the bestselling book “I’ll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey of Aamir Khan.” A traveler who has journeyed across four continents, Christina is also the host of an Airbnb experience in Bangalore.

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