- May 1, 2023
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: HERITAGE GOA, SPIRIT OF GOA
A rare Brahma temple in Valpoi amidst the verdant fields brings devotees from all over Goa
Goa is called the sunshine State not just for its bright, sunny tropical landscape but also because it is vibrant with religion and culture. One can explore a diverse stretch of temples that are architectural marvels, some dating to the 12th century. The temples in Goa are the epitome of religious harmony and historic intricacy. Dating as long back as the medieval period and the era of the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas took refuge during their 12-year exile, to the traces of Buddhism, the temples share proof of diversity and peace in the sunshine State of India.
Shri Mahadeva Temple, (Lord Shiva) is a historical site located in Tambdi Surla in Mollem. The temple is etched out of black basalt stone, with extraordinary architecture. The temple houses the Shivling and the statue of the Nandi (bull), the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Shri Rudreshwar Temple, also known as Lord Shiva’s Sanctuary, is in close proximity to the Harvalem waterfalls.
The Lord Brahma Temple in Sattari, Goa, also called the Brahma Karmali Temple, is the only temple in Goa dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. The intricately crafted idol of Lord Brahma enshrined in this temple dates back to the 12th century.
Shri Manguesh Temple in Mangeshi village, Mardol is another amazing piece of architecture. It is dedicated to Lord Manguesh, who is an incarnation of Shiva. Lord Manguesh is worshipped here as Shivling. The decor includes chandeliers from the nineteenth century, and centrally located in the temple is the idol of Lord Manguesh.
The Mahalaxmi Temple, located in Bandode, has been in existence since 1413. The rituals of the temple are found written on stone plaques carved during the reign of Nanjan Gosavi Pratihast over Goa. Today the temple beholds two idols of Mahalaxmi. The second statue of Mahalaxmi was brought in from Colva’s Mahalaxmi temple. The main idol of the Goddess Mahalaxmi is taken out during the festival of Mahashivratri, on a chariot. The second Goddess Mahalaxmi from Colva is taken out in a procession only once a year on the auspicious day of Ramnavmi.