Though Goa is a Christian state, tourists can find a good number of Hindu temples here, which are visited by a large number of devotees and tourists round the year. The temples of Goa have essence like most of the other Hindu temples in India.
Some of the renowned temples in Goa are
Shri Mallikarjun Temple
This is among the popular temples of Goa situated amidst an enchanting landscape teeming with lush greenery in Shristhal village, Canacona taluka, South Goa district. The temple was built by the ancestors of the Kshatriya Samaj in 16th century and dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is as an assembly of exquisitely carved wooden pillars inside the temple building. The six pillars in the mandap are decorated with scenes from the Puranas and epic of Mahabharata.
This is another most popular temple of Goa located in the heart of Panji City. The temple is dedicated to the Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of wealth. It is famous for its sabhamandap which has a gallery of 18 images of Lord Vishnu. The Maruti Jatra festival, held during January-February, calls on a large number of devotees during its celebration.
Shri Mahalsa Temple
This is another famous temple of Goa located in the Mardol village Ponda. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalsa, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is famous for its six-storied ‘deepstambha’ or ornamental lamp pillar in the courtyard. This pillar is 40 feet in height and has 21 rings of a hundred fifty small lamps.? This lamp pillar is lit up on occasion of annual festival day or Jatra, the Jaiyanchi Puja held in August and the Kojagiri Pornima.
Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple
This is another famous temple in Goa located in Narve, Bicholim. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Saptakoteshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The Gokulashtami festival of the temple draws thousands of devotees to this place every year.
Shri Ramnath Temple
This is another popular temple dedicated to Lord Rama. It is located 33 km in Ponda Taluka. According to mythology, it is said that after slaying King Ravana of Lanka, Lord Rama installed a shivalinga on the shores in order to atone for his act. The temple has four other temples like Shri Laxminarayan, Shri Shantadurga (Sateri), Shri Betal and Shri Sidhanath.
Other famous temples in Goa are Shri Shantadurga at Kavlem, Shri Mahadeva at Tambdi Surla, Shri Navdurga at Madkai, Sri Gomanteshwar Devasthan at Brahmapuri, Sapteshwar-Bhagvati Temple, Shri Kamakshi Sausthan at Shiroda and many more.
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