Temples in Goa

Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple (Narve)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Saptakoteshwar situated in Narve, almost 37 km from Panaji. It is the Kashi of Goa and was built by the Maratha king Chatharpati Shivaji after it was relocated from the island of Divar.

Shree Rudreshwar Temple (Aravalem)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Rudreshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. There is an annual “Shivaratri Jatra” where thousands of people come from all over Goa and surroundings. Near by is the ‘Pandava Caves’

Shree Mahalasa Narayani Temple (Mardol)
The temple deity here is Mohini a female form of Lord Vishnu. This temple is 1 km from Shree Mangeshi Temple. This was constructed in early 16th century. In front of the temple lies a unique lamp tower and during the annual Jatra in February and on special festival days like the Navaratri, a special 12.5 m brass lamp is lit.

Shree Mangeshi Temple (Priol)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Mangeshi, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is situated on a hillock surrounded by green hills. In last week of January there is a temple festival held where the deities are taken out in chariot procession.

Shree Nageshi Temple (Bandode)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Nagesh, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The “Sabha Mantap” or the main hall has a gallery on either side with images carved in wood depicting scenes from the epic “Ramayana”. In the inner shrine is a “Lingam” a symbol of Lord Shiva. In front of the shrine is an image of “Nandi” the bull, carved in black stone.

Shree Gopal Ganapathi (Farmagudi)
This is situated in Farmagudi, Ponda. Its idol, the stone image of Lord Ganapathi, son of lord Shiva, was discovered by the cowherds and later on a small temple was built to house the deity. The present temple was constructed by the Late Dayanand Bandodkar, Goa’s first chief minister on April 24th, 1966.

Shree Shantadurga Temple (Kavlem)
This is also known as Santeri temple among Goans and is dedicated to the goddess Shantadurga. The temple was built on 1738 by Naro Ram Mantri one of the ministers of King Sahu of Satara, grandson of King Chatharpati Shivaji the Great.

Shree Ramanath Temple (Bandode)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ramanath, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is located in Bandode near Ponda. The main festival celebrated in this temple is the “Maha Shivaratri”. The shrine is known as Ramanath Panchayatan.

Shree Chandranath Temple (Paroda)
This temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Chandranath or lord of the Moon. This is situated on top of a 358 mt high hill in Quepem Taluka. The temple is designed in such a way that the main deity, the Lingam receives moonlight on every full moon.

Shree Mallikarjuna Temple (Canacona)
This is dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It was built in the 16th century and renovated in 1778. It contains more than 60 deities of different gods and goddesses inside. The main festivals celebrated are “Rathasaptami” or the chariot festival in February and “Shigmo” in April.