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GoaCentral > Sightseeing > Temples of Goa > Temples around Bicholim

Temples around Bicholim

Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple, Narve

This small temple is situated at Narve, 37 Kms from Panaji near Bicholim. It is dedicated to Lord Saptakoteshwara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The deity originally was based in a temple on Divar Island, off Old Goa. It was a much favored deity of the Kadambas, and after Goa fell to the Muslims, the deity was buried and later found and a temple constructed for it on Divar Island. It was moved to its present site after the temple on Divar island was destroyed by the Portuguese. Shivaji, the great Maratha king, ordered its renovation at its present site in 1688 during his attempt to oust the Portuguese. The deity worshipped is the "Lingam" and is faceted and known as the "Dharalinga".

Shree Mahadev Bhumika, Sal

This temple is situated at Sal, near Bicholim. It is dedicated to Lord Mahadeva, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Shree Vittal Mandir, Sanquelim

This temple is situated within the fortress that houses the ancestral home of the Ranes in Sanquelim, about 6kms from BIcholim. It is the family deity of the Ranes , who were prominent in opposing the Portuguese during the early days.

Shree Dattatraya Temple, Sanquelim

This is a temple situated at Sanquelim about 6  Kms from Bicholim. It is dedicated to Lord Dattatraya.

Shree Rudreshwar Temple, Aravalem

This temple is situated at Aravalem, just by the scenic Aravalem Waterfalls. It is dedicated to Lord Rudreshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is the site of the annual "Shivratri Zatra" which draws thousands of people. Nearby is the famous "Pandava Caves".
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Rudreshwar Temple Pandava Caves Aravalem Falls
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