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Temples around Margao

Shree  Damodar Temple,   Zambaulim

This beautiful temple is situated at Zambaulim, about 22kms from Margao, on the banks of the Kushawati river. The deity was originally based in a temple at the exact spot where the Church of Holy Spirit stands in Margao today. It was moved in 1565 to escape the Portuguese Inquisition when the original temple was destroyed and The Church of Holy Spirit built on its site. It is revered by both Christians and Hindus alike. The Kushawati river is supposed to have great healing powers and many a devotee takes a bath here to cure themselves of bodily ills. The main festival celebrated is Shigmo, the Goan  Hindu festival of color.

Shree  Chandranath Temple,  Paroda

This temple is situated at Paroda, on top of a 359m high hill in Quepem taluka. The deity is Lord Chandranath or Lord of the Moon; an  incarnation of Lord Shiva. This was the deity of the Bhojas, a dynasty that ruled early Goa.The temple is so designed that the main deity, the Lingam receives moonlight on every full moon. It is also said that whenever moonlight shines on the Lingam, it oozes water. The present building dates back from the 17th century, but reportedly there has been a temple there for over 1500 yrs. From the base the temple is approached by a steep flight of steps. Another attraction is the ancient chariot with its exquisite wooden carvings.

Shree  Navdurga Sanusthan,  Borim

This temple is situated at Borim, 12km from Margao. The deity is Goddess Navdurga, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. The deity was brought by a group of Brahmins from Karad in Maharastra to Benaulim,  in Salcette  taluka and subsequently moved to its present site at Borim.

Shree  Shantadurga Temple,  Fatorpa

This temple is situated at Fatorpa, 18kms from Margao. The deity is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. The deity originally came from Cuncolim in Salcette taluka and was moved to Fatorpa in the 16th century to escape the wanton destruction of Hindu temples during that time by the Portuguese.

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