Goa is so much more than beautiful beaches, amazing parties and concerts. Goa is filled with immense amount of history and culture that is sure to overwhelm you. Those who are religiously inclined should take out some time to visit these beautiful temples in Goa.
Here are some of the must visit temples in Goa:
66 Kms. from Panaji in Sanguem Taluka at the foot of the Ghats, is the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architrcure (13th century) in basalt stone preservced and available in Goa. A motorable road connects Sancordem to this temple complex.
33 kms from Panjim, Sumptously built at Kavlem, is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Has a rich and beautiful Garbhakuda or the holy of holies where the deity is kept. The deity was shifted from kelsi. Agrashalas provide lodging facilities to the devotees.
21 km from Panaji, this temple is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. The temple is a modern piece of architecture blended with traditional Hindu pattern. The entrance to the temple bears an image, which wards off every thing impure from the inner precincts of the temple and maintains its sanctity. Festivals and periodical devotional activities are conducted with great zeal.
The Mahalaxmi temple is situated 4 kms. to the north from Ponda in the village of Bandora.Under the Portuguese rule,Portuguese relations with Hindus were sour. So in order to be grateful, Hindus built here a temple of Goddess “Mahalaxmi” as she is referred to as goddess of peace.Hindus describes Mahalaxmi is a form of Mother of all Universes, who raised three super powers Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.