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Goa is not only a place well known for its varying moods of fun ,frolic and festivity, it is a spiritual land as well which is dotted with numerous temples that make this place a lot more alluring to the avid tourists. Goa temples are like most Hindu Temples in India each of which is dedicated to a specific deity which is the centre of worship in these temples.

The Temples in Goa are well known for their architecture which is unique in its own form due to the rare historical past they possess. The basic design of the temples of Goa is centered around the central shrine or the Garbagriha basically known as the sanctum sanctorum that houses the main deity.

Shree Bhagavati

Shree Bhagavati

Shree Bhagavati TempleIf we talk about some of the oldest temples of Goa which were preserved from the Portuguese demolition after their invasion of Goa, Shree Bhagavati is one such temple that is known to be the oldest in the state. This temple is believed to be around 500 years old, like few other temples it had managed to survive the Portuguese inquisition. The temple is dedicated to Shree Shantadurga who was known to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva.

Shree Bhagavati Temple is a specter of architectural beauty which is well known for its alluring features some of which are the life sized images of elephants carved from black stone that guard its entrance and the other feature is the imposing statue of the Goddess Bhagavati Ashtabhuja which is another form of Goddess Durga Devi.

The temple is thronged by devotees at the time of the weeklong celebration of principal festivals like “Bhajanisapth” which is celebrated in the month of Kartik and Zatra ,Dussehra and Shimgo are other festivals which are attended by large crowds. Surrounding the temples one can spot some exquisitely sculptured ancillary deities that make this temple a lot more beautiful.

 

Brahma Temple

Brahma Temple

Brahma Temple According to the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma is known to be the supreme creator of the Universe. The Brahma Temple stands tall on a beautifully carved typically Kadamba pedestal in the silence of the hamlet named after him that is Brahma Karmali. The beautifully chiseled out image of Brahma dates back to the Kadamba period and belongs to the 12th century AD. Set amidst the quiet environs of paradisiacal scenery the peaceful temple of Brahma is marked by simplicity.

Painted in charming yellow and red with a long Sabhmandap, a stage and the sanctum sanctorum, the Garbhakud which houses the majestic image of Brahma is one of the finest pieces of Kadamba sculptural art in Goa. The most spectacular feature of this temple is the original piece of sculpture of Lord Brahma chiseled out of black stone, which stands in the centre in its trinity form or Trimurti that is the Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Another alluring feature of this temple is a hallo Prabhawal which has exquisite carved images of gods and motifs like crab. This temple stands as a living testimony of Kadamba sculptural art that was patronized by Kadamba rulers who were known to be the patrons of art, architecture and education.

Shree Chandranath

Shree Chandranath

Shree ChandranathShree Chandranath Temple, situated on the top of 350 meters high hill of Chandranath, the chief deity of this temple is Lord Chandreshwar . This temple has unique features and composes of rare architecture. Shree Chandranath is known to posses alluring features that make it stand out of the other temples situated in the state of Goa.

The unique features of this temple are the altar of Sri Bhutbath, the famous Shivalinga which was supposed to ooze water at the touch of moonlight, is carved out from a rock, the temple is so designed that the Linga receives moonlight on every full moon.

Another alluring feature of this temple is the Shri Chandranath Temple’s ancient chariot which is well known for its wood carvings. The most fascinating thing about this temple is the panoramic view and the bird’s eye view that one can witness of the green valleys from the Chandranath hill.

Mahadev Temple

Mahadev Temple

Mahadev TempleMahadev Temple dates back to the 12th century, it is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva or Lord Mahadeva and is an active place of Hindu worship. It is one of the most noteable and also one of the oldest temples of the Goa state. This temple built in the Hemadpanthi style is made out of finest weather resistant grey black basalt and is lavishly carved by master craftsmen.

This temple of Mahadev is considered to be the only specimen of Kdamba –Yadava architecture in basalt stone which happened to survive the Muslim invasions and Portuguese persecution mainly due to its remote location in a clearing deep in the forest at the foot of Western Ghats. This small beautifully carved temple is a masterpiece of architectural beauty that shows in its linga mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctrum, the garbhagriha, antarala and in the Nandi mandapa built of basalt.

The intricate carvings done by skilled craftsmen on the pillars and on the stone ceiling decorated with finely carved Ashtoken lotus flowers adorn the interiors and the sides of the temple. There are numerous other features that will charm the eyes of the viewer but the ones that will captivate you the most is view of the river Surla that flows nearby and the first rays of the rising sun that shine on the deity.

Ganapati Mandir

Maha Ganapati Mandir

Maha Ganapati MandirIf one talks about the Maha Ganapati Mandir in Goa, it is another marvelous temple that adds to the holistic significance of the state of Goa. This temple is located at Madel in Tivim Village Panchayat area of Bardez in North Goa.

Surrounded by mesmerizing beauty on all sides one can view the backdrop of high peaked hills in its northern side, on its south one can witness a small rivulet whose water is used by people for bathing as it is considered to have medicinal value. The land slopes away in the west and meandering pathways used by the native villagers can be seen and at the east one can take a glimpse of the picturesque houses of the villagers.

During the month of August i.e. Shravan this temple is illuminated and beautifully decorated. Maha Ganapati Mandir is a specter of temple art which is nestled amidst beauty on all sides.

Ramnath Mandir

Ramnath Mandir

Ramnath MandirThe Ramnath Mandir situated at Bandode near Ponde is dedicated to Lord Ramnath , a form of Shiva worshipped by Lord Rama. The Ling of Ramnath that is found in this temple is the pride of this place, the main building of this temple was reconstructed with a big hall keeping the mandapa intact.

captivating features of this temple are its inner sanctum with great setting of array of chandeliers and lanterns adorn the walls, a portrait of Garuda and Hanuman, paintings of Sita, Ram, Laxman , Shiva and Parvati and other deities depicting scenes add on to the beauty to this place.

Like other temples of Goa , Ramnath Mandir has its own holistic relevance and significance that beckons the travelers to come and visit this temple of holistic charm and grace.

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