The Magnificent Temples Of Goa; A Must Visit During Your Next Goa Trip
The sun, sand, and scenic beaches are the first things that come to your mind when you start planning a trip to Goa. A fun place it is perfect for people who wish to bask in the goodness of nature. You can spend days under the sun, swimming in the beach and relaxing. It is looked up as “the destination” for a fun and relaxing vacation. But if your idea of a vacation is to do lots of sightseeing, then Goa has plenty in store for you. There are many colourful markets, old Goa churches and water sports that you can include in your Goa itinerary. It is a place that can offer you the flavour you like.
Along with sun and sand, did you know it is also a spiritual sanctuary? There are many religious sites in this union territory where you can experience a spiritual high. This beautiful place offers to you more than the shades of Portuguese (Goa was a Portuguese colony and became independent in 1961) and Goan culture. There is much more to it than the sun, sand, and seafood. If you are ready to experience the religious side of Goa, then here is a list of temples that you must cover to have a divine experience.
Top 15 Temples To Visit In Goa
- Shri Bhagvati Temple
- Laxmi Narasimha Temple
- Shri Nagesh Temple
- Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple
- Brahma Temple
- Maruti Temple
- Mahalaxmi Temple
- Shri Shantadurga Temple
- Shri Damodar Temple
- Kamakshi Temple
- Mahalasa Temple
- Mangeshi Temple
- Mahadeva Temple
- Shri Ramnath Temple
- Shri Rudreshwar Temple
1. Shri Bhagvati Temple
This 500-year-old temple located in North Goa is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvati – a form of Goddess Laxmi. It has two big elephants right on the entrance to welcome pilgrims and is a beautifully done up temple and worth a visit. Moreover, you should try coinciding your visit to this temple during Dusshera. The temple is amazingly decorated on the occasion of Dusshera and at this time there is a huge footfall. Experience the best of festivities and colours of life when you visit Shri Bhagvati Temple during Dusshera.
2. Laxmi Narasimha Temple
Visit this temple for its old-world charm and freshwater spring. Located in Veling Goa, you should plan to go to this temple as, unlike the other temples it has a freshwater spring too that fills the temple tank. Adding to its charm is the beautiful and intricate carvings on its walls. So, visit this old and famous temple to not only get blessings of Lord Narasimha and Goddess Laxmi but to soak your soul in its natural beauty. Devotees and visitors usually spend 30 minutes to an hour here.
3. Shri Nagesh Temple
Sturdy and strong, this temple in Ponda in Goa has been there since time immemorial. The temple was established in 1413 AD and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Though restoration work has been done here from time to time the structure remains unaltered. The temple has never been rebuilt. Further, adding to the beauty of this temple is the beautiful image reflections on its pool. So, the ancient architecture and the divine image reflections are what make this such a popular temple. Adding to your experience here can be a trip during Shivratri.
4. Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple
A popular Hindu temple in South Goa, it will enchant you with its architectural beauty. You can see the shades of Mughal and European architecture in this temple. The halls of the temple reflect European designs and there is a tall lamp tower. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the annual festival of Gokulashtami. You can visit here during this festival to have a feel for its popularity. Alternatively, visit it during any other time to marvel its architecture.
5. Brahma Temple
There are a few locations in the country where you can find the Brahma Temple. One such place is Goa where there is a tall idol of Lord Brahma right in the centre of the temple premises. The idol is in the form of Trimurti in this temple. The belief goes that if you enter here and see the idol first, then you will get the divine blessings of Lord Brahma. So, you know when you visit this temple, you should first look at the idol and seek blessings. This temple in Satari District of Goa is among the few places where there is a Brahma Temple. Moreover, this Brahma Temple can be traced back to the 5-century.
6. Maruti Temple
Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple in Ponda in Goa occupies an important place from a religious and historical point of view. While it is a must visit for the devotees of Lord Hanuman, it is also ideal for history buffs. There is an exciting history behind the construction of this temple making it apt for those who have an interest in visiting historical places. It will take you almost an hour to tour this temple, so plan accordingly.
7. Mahalaxmi Temple
As the name suggests, this is the temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi in North Goa. The deity wears a linga on her head and is worshipped for peace and wealth. Besides, this temple has the presiding deity of Panaji Village, which sets it apart. Along with Goddess Mahalaxmi, there are 18 pious images in the sanctum here that depict the different sects of Holy Bhagavata. If you happen to visit this temple during the festival of Navratri and Chaitra Purnima, then it will be ideal. These festivals are celebrated here with much vigour making it the perfect time to visit.
8. Shri Shantadurga Temple
The temples of Shantadurga are located in three different locations in Goa. You can visit these temples in Pemen, Quepem, and Kavlem. Symbolic of peace, and harmony, this temple is visited by Hindus and Christians in Quepem. The Shantadurga Temple signifies that God is one and so are the places of worship. Visit this temple of unity, peace and harmony during your next visit to Goa. You will sure have something unique to share with your folks back home. It will also be a moment to cherish and a unique memory. One of the prominent festivals that is celebrated here is the Jatra Utsav Festival.
9. Shri Damodar Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Damodar, the incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is situated on the banks of River Kushawati, which is believed to have healing powers. So, many devotees visit this river too. Further, the unique feature of this temple is the palanquin ritual. During this ritual, Lord Damodar is taken around the temple premises on a palanquin. They take around 14 halts during this procession during which they sing holy songs. Visit this temple with healing powers during your next South Goa trip.
10. Kamakshi Temple
Among the most spectacular temples of Goa, it is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi – the incarnation of Mother Goddess. This beautiful temple located in South Goa was established in the 16-century and has mesmerising surroundings. The temple is surrounded by natural beauty and has divine vibes. So, come here for an amazing ambience and spiritual experience. Moreover, it is one of the temples that has a water tank too. This tank is there in its sanctum. Visit here to seek some solace and bask in some natural beauty.
11. Mahalasa Temple
Another famous temple in Goa, there are different beliefs and stories associated with it. According to some stories, the small water pool inside the temple was created by a Goddess. The Goddess made it with her toe and an idol is also found at the same place. To hear many such stories and for a divine experience, you should plan a visit to this temple. Adding to its charm is the sequence of holy songs that are sung here every day. This temple located in Prirol, Goa can be visited along with Shantadurga and Mangeshi Temple.
12. Mangeshi Temple
A perfect blend of modern and traditional architecture, you should plan a visit to this temple in the evening. Towards the northern part of the temple is the Deep Stambha where hundreds of diyas light-up and glorify it. It is for this reason that visiting this temple in the evening can be perfect. Come and experience the modern-day art and traditional Hindu architecture and culture. It is a beautiful confluence of the old and new, which is why it is among the popular Hindu temples of Goa. Moreover, if you happen to be in town during Mahashivratri, Ram Navami, Jatra Utsav or Navratri, then plan a visit to this architectural magnificence.
13. Mahadeva Temple
One of the oldest temples of Goa, it is declared as a protected monument, as well. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is in Surla area of Goa. You should visit it for the religious significance and unique architectural basis. It features a pillared entrance hall, which is made of fine basalt stones. Further, to worship the linga there is a three-stepped entrance. So, if you like exploring ancient and protected monuments, then a visit to this temple should be a part of your Goa itinerary. It is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers and devotees of Lord Shiva. Moreover, if you want to experience that spiritual high, then visit this temple during the festival of Mahashivratri.
14. Shri Ramnath Temple
Ramnath is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. When Lord Rama was crossing the river to go to Sri Lanka, then he paid tribute to Lord Shiva before embarking on this journey. Among the important religious sites for Hindus, it holds immense importance historically, culturally, and spiritually. Besides, with Lord Ramnath, there are idols of various other Gods and Goddesses. A blessed site, there is also a deep stambh in the temple. So, visit this temple in Ponda, Goa and feel blessed. Try to keep sometime for a visit to this sacred place. It will not take more than 30 minutes to tour the temple.
15. Shri Rudreshwar Temple
The temple of Lord Shiva is situated along Haravalem Waterfalls in North Goa. This sanctuary of Lord Shiva attracts devotees from around the country. Many pilgrims also attend different rituals and ceremonies to attain salvation, for wealth fulfilment and to get relief from diseases. Moreover, the site of the temple is also truly beautiful. Amidst the waterfall, you can experience nature at its best during your visit to this temple of Lord Shiva. This temple becomes even more lively during the time of Mahashivratri.
With plenty of ancient and modern temples in Goa, it will be worth exploring the spiritual side of this Konkani land. Before the colonisation of Goa by Portuguese, it was a Konkani land inhabited by Konkani tribe. Thereafter, Goa came under the rule of the Marathas. Many of these holy sites were made during the Konkani and Maratha reigns. Explore this religious and spiritual side of Goa and have a feel of the rich culture and heritage, which goes deep down in history.
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Born in a big city, Varsha finds her heart in small towns. A free spirit, who loves to wander places in search of stories, within stories. At the end of a long day, she finds her therapy in long aimless walks and conversations, with the Moon.