5 Temples in Goa Everyone Must Visit Once in Life

Temples in Goa

Whenever the name Goa appears on our mind, the first things that we think about are the balmy beaches, tall waving palm grooves, lip-smacking sea food and vibrant enthusiastic night life. Goa tourism has everything for its travellers. Although the state is quite famous for its gothic Portuguese style architectures, cathedrals and old churches, there are many things in this small state which is yet to be explored.

Temples in Goa are some of those places in honeymooners’ paradise which are though less explored but still quite famous among the locals. These Goa temples are the perfect example of the blend of Portuguese, Hindu, Islamic and Nagari architectural style. Lets’ proceed further and discuss about the best 5 Goa temples and get acquainted with the new phase of Goa.

  1. Shri Bhagwati Temple in Goa
  2. Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple in Goa
  3. Shri Chandranath Temple in Goa
  4. Shri Devaki Krishna Temple in Goa
  5. Mallikarjuna Temple in Goa

1. Shri Bhagwati Temple in Goa

Shri Bhagwati Temple in Goa
Shri Bhagwati Temple in Goa

Holding a rich history of 500 years, the Shri Bhagwati Temple is one of the oldest Goan Temples. The uniqueness of the architecture is amazing and is worth watching which will give you a fine idea about the vision of the architecture the then time. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati who is also called as Ashtabhuja Goddess. To reach here one can take bus or ferry services which would be cost effective.

Temple in Brief –

  • The temple is boasted with two amazing Deepstambh.
  • The major festivals celebrated over here are Dussehra and Annual Zatra.
  • The architecture of the temple is quite unique and is different to all other temples of India.

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2. Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple in Goa

Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple in Goa
Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple in Goa

The beautiful and amazing temple of Lord Shiva is a 12th century marvel which is boasting with the rich and amazing history of temple. There is a Shiv Linga inside the temple and if believe on legends, there is a huge King Cobra in the sanctum which permanently resides here in the dimly lit interior. Due to its remote locality the temple has survived through many invasions.

Temple in Brief –

  • Temple is categorized in three part garbhagriha, antarala and nandimandapa.
  • The temple is constructed in such a way facing towards easts that the temple has the first rays of the rising sun shine on the deity.
  • The shimmering river Surla flows nearby and devotees bathed in this for and perform their respective rituals.

3. Shri Chandranath Temple in Goa

Shri Chandranath Temple in Goa
Shri Chandranath Temple in Goa

Nestled on the Chandranath Parvat, the temple is a perfect blend of culture and history. This beautiful temple is also known as Bhootnath Temple or Chandreshwar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the major tourist destinations to all who are on their temple tours in India. The inner sanctum of the temple is boasted with the Shiv Ling that is made of a natural out crop of a rock.

Temple in Brief –

  • The temple is associated with Bhoja Dynasty. Lord Chandreshwar was their Kul-Devta (ancestral God)
  • On every full moon night, the Shiv Linga in temple oozes water.
  • Chandreshwar temple is wrapped around with lush green forest that offers a spectacular view.

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4. Shri Devaki Krishna Temple in Goa

Shri Devaki Krishna Temple in Goa
Shri Devaki Krishna Temple in Goa

Beautiful and mesmerizing temple of Shri Devaki Krishna is one of the finest temples in Goa. The temple is located in Marcela about 17 km from State capital Panaji. This is the only temple in the country where Lord Krishna is worshiped with his mother Devaki by which it get its name Devaki Krishna Temple. Sanctum of the temple is compacting with idol of Devaki and Krishna where Mother Devaki is standing with a child Krishna between her legs.

Temple in Brief –

  • The temple is also boasted with other idols such as Bhumika Devi, Laxmi Ravalnath, Mlllinath, Dada Shankar and many others.
  • The local festival “Mani Paumima” is celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm in here.
  • Festivals like Ramanabamia and Gokulastami are celebrated on a grand scale in here.

5. Mallikarjuna Temple in Goa

Mallikarjuna Temple in Goa
Mallikarjuna Temple in Goa

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mallikarjun temple is located in the Sristhal village which is 7 km northeast from Chaudi a taluk in South Goa. The place is believed to be constructed in the middle of the 16th century which makes this temple as one of the oldest shrine in Goa. The temple is boasted with around 60 idols of Hindu Devis and Devatas.

Temple in Brief –

  • The temple of Mallikarjun celebrates numerous festivals with annual yatra which is quite famous in Goa.
  • Legend has that this is the place where Lord Shiva reunited with his consort Goddess Parvati after a long separation. Shiva as Arjun and Parvati as Mallika.
  • The temple was built in 16th century by the ancestors of Kshatriya Samaj.
  • Temple is having marvelous wooden and silver carvings, six beautifully carved pillars and amazing silhouettes of the doorkeepers in sanctum main door.

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