The temples of Goa date back to over a thousand years. Visiting these temples makes one realise that they have not been touched by commercialization. The history of the earliest known temples in Goa date back to over a thousand years. Commercialisation has not yet overtaken the sanctity of the temples in Goa, as in some other parts of India. The temples have been well maintained and deserve to be visited.
Shri Datta Mandir - Dattawadi
Shri Datta Mandir is located 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
The deity is believed to have cured many people of unsound mind. The entire
interior consists of white marble.
Shri Bodeshwar Temple - Mapusa
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 Mahalaxmi Temple - Panaji
Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is located at the Altinho foothill of Panaji and was
built on contributions made by devotees in 1817. The deity is Goddess
Mahalakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, made of black stone, with four
hands and is placed in a silver canopy. This is the peaceful or Satvik form
of Devi. According to the Shakti cult (worship of power), Mahalakshmi is the
original Goddess who takes forms according to three aspects or gunas viz.
Brahma (peaceful, calm form or satva), Vishnu (creative action or rajas) and
Shiva (destruction or tamas). The deity originally from Mayem in Bicholim
taluka was transferred to the present site.
Shri Damodar, Zambaulim
Shri Damodar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on the banks
of the Kushavati River, which is said to have medicinal properties.
The original temple of this deity was situated in Margao. The deity was
transferred to its present location in the year 1567 when the Portuguese
brought down the original temple and built the Church of the Holy Spirit in
The main festival celebrated at this temple is Holi. Loads of devotees from
all over Goa join in the celebrations. This colourful event is celebrated
with pomp and gaiety for several days.
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