Famous Temples in South Goa
Spectacular Temples in South Goa
If you think Goa is all about charming beaches, relaxing resorts, delighting seafood and a vibrant nightlife then you might have missed out on a lot of architecturally and culturally rich temples in Goa. Do you know that the beach state is also home to some really enchanting temples? We bring you here a list of the Famous Temples in South Goa that are a perfect pilgrimage getaway.
Well maintained majestic South Goa Temples are perfect places to rejuvenate your mind and body and also to refresh your soul. Visit to these temples makes one to experience its outstanding beauty and divine ambience.
1. Shree Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple
One of the most visited Hindu Temples in Goa is the Shree Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple.With a unique blend of amazing history and all the more amazing present,the divine temple in Goa denotes peace and harmony. Owing to religious persecutions by the Portuguese in the Sixteenth Century (1583) this deity was shifted to the holy place at village Fatorpa in Quepem Taluka from the historical village Cuncolim of Salcete Taluka. Devotees from all over the country visit the holy place to attend an important annual temple festival.
Nearby attractions: Shree Shantadurga Faterpekarin Temple
Distance from Margao: 19 Kms
2. Shree Mallikarjun Temple
Located in a beautiful green valley and surrounded by hills,Shree Mallikarjun Temple is said to be a majestic place to visit. It is situated in the Sristhal village which is 7 km northeast of Chaudi in the Canacona taluka of South Goa.A traditional ritual ‘Shisharanni’ takes place every third year at the time of Shigmo Festival. During the ritual, rice is cooked by keeping the cooking utensil upon the heads of three men, who lay on ground to form a traditional cooking place.
Nearby attractions: Palolem Beach,Rajbagh Beach
Distance from Margao: 39 Kms
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3. Shree Chandreshwar Bhoothnath Temple
Located on the Chandranath Hill in Quepem, Shree Chandreshwar Bhoothnath Temple is one of the oldest and Famous Temples in South Goa. It is believed that Chandreshwar is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and is worshipped as Lord of the Moon. There is another shrine near the peepal tree dedicated to Lord Bhootnath hence the temple is called Shri Chandreshwar Bhootnath Temple.You can either reach the temple either by road or climb the stairway to the top. The mesmerising panoramic view of the valley makes the climb worth it. This place attracts nature admirers from all around the globe throughout the year.
Nearby attractions: Palácio do Deão, Quepem Goa
Distance from Margao: 14 Kms
4. Shree Kamakshi Temple
A temple in Shiroda dedicated to goddess Kamakshi,Shree Kamakshi Temple is a beautiful spectacle. People flock to this temple on Amavasya or New moon day. Every year on the day of Shivratri a grand temple festival or Zatra is held which is attended by thousands of devotees from Goa as well as Karnataka and Maharashtra.The vicinity of the Kamakshi temple has another small temple as is observed in most of the Goan Hindu temples, a shrine dedicated to Lord Rayeshwara or Shiva.
Nearby attractions: Borim Waterfall
Distance from Margao: 17 Kms
5. Shree Manguesh Temple
Presenting an amalgam of rich history, culture and architectural beauty, Shree Manguesh Temple located at Mangeshi Village in Ponda, attracts many devotees from all across the globe.The ‘Deepstambha’ at the temple which is the highest lamp tower in Goa is lit with the traditional oil lamps in the evening and the beautiful temple glitters conveying a pleasant feeling with it.
Nearby attractions: Shree Naguesh Maharudra Temple
Distance from: Panjim is 21 Kms and from Margao is 26 Kms
So, the next time you’re in Goa, take some time out to explore these splendid Temples in South Goa.We would be glad to hear your feedback and also memories of your visit,if any.