28 kms. from Panaji in Pernem Taluka. The temple, situated by the side of the main road, is said to be more than 500 years old. Two life size images of elephants in standing position, made of black stone on either side at the entrance, welcome the visitors. The Goddess Bhagavati Asthbhuja in a standing position on a high pedestal is very imposing. Dussehra is celebrated with gaiety from Ashwin Shuddha Pratipada to Poornima, when over 25 thusand devotees assemble at the temple.
Shree Bhagavati Temple at Parshem:
Situated at a distance of 7 kms from Pernem in Pernem Taluka, the complex has five temples, main temples being of Shri Bhagavati, and other temples are of Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari & Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapati, Shri Shankar). Devi Bhagavati temple has two Deepstambhas unique of its kind. Main festivals are Dassehra and annual Zatra.
Shri Brahma Temple:
7 kms. from Valpoi, in the village of Brahma Carambolim. This shrine belongs to the 5th century A.D. It is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma found in India.
22 kms. from Margao at Zambaulim-Sanguem, situated in picturesque surroundings on the banks of river Kushavati, popularly known as Panti. Near the temple, the river is regarded particularly holy and is said to have medicinal properties. The deity is worshipped by the Hindus and Christians alike. A week long celebration of Shigmo is packed with programmes which includes a colourful fair, exchange of gulal, collective meals and presentation of shows on popular legends and folk culture. The deity was originally in Margao.
Shree Datta Mandir:
37 kms. At Dattawadi, Sanquelim and 40 kms. from Margao. The century old temple of trimurthy (Hindu) has a back drop of a beautiful hillock covered with dense groves of areca palms. The most important festival, which is attended by devotees from all over Goa, is Datta Jayanti which falls in the month of December. The deity is believed to have cured many people of unsound mind. The entire interiro consist of white marble.
Shree Devi Sharvani:
Vithal Maharudra Panchayatan the complex comprises of temples of Jagrut Swayambhu Goddess Sharvani, Mahadev and vetal with his life-size image of stone and other deities. It is situated in scenic surroundings at Advolpal in North Goa, 2.5 kms. from Assonora on Pirna main road. Goddess is known for fulfilling the vows of her devotees through Kaul Prasad who also perform Tulbhar to propitiate her. Thousands of devotees throng on vardhapan day. Divja Zatra day and annual Zatra day in November/December when procession of Goddess is taken out in decorated chariot.
14 kms. from Mapusa at Kansarpal. It is said to be about hundred years old. Divided into outer halls, supported with seven rows of four pillars, has a stage to perform dramas on festive occasion. The inner shrine containsthe reserved image of Goddess `Kali’ a fierce form of Devi. Agrashalas (Rest House) surrounding the temple provide facilities for lodging to the devotees.
Shree Kamakshi Saunsthan Shiroda:
40 kms. from Panaji. According to mythology, Shri Kamakshi, was brought from Kaurang (Kanchi).
Temple of Shree Mahadev at Tambdi Surla:
66 Kms. from Panaji in Sanguem Taluka at the foot of the Ghats, is the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architrcure (13th century) in basalt stone preservced and available in Goa. A motorable road connects Sancordem to this temple complex.
Shree Mahadeo Bhumika at Sal, Bicholim:
Situated at a distance of 25 Kms from Mapusa, temple complex has beautiful natural surroundings. The three-day festival of ‘Gades’ which begins on Phalgun Purnima draws big crowds. The devotees believe that people can have the darshan of ‘Devchars’ during the Gade festival.
Shree Mahadeo Bhumika at Sal, Bicholim:
Situated at a distance of 25 Kms from Mapusa, temple complex has beautiful natural surroundings. The three day festival of ‘Gades’ which begins on Phalgun Purnima draws big crowds. The devotees believe that people can have the darshan of ‘Devchars’ during the Gade festival.
situated in the village of Bandode, about 4 kms from Ponda. It is considered the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult. The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagvata sect, which is considered one of the few galleries of wooden images of Vishnu in India. The image of Mahalakshmi has a close resemblance to that of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, the main centre of worship. Her special feature is that she wears a linga on her head and is considered a peaceful or Satvik form of the Devi. The Goddess Mahalakshmi was worshipped by the Shilahara rulers (750 – 1030 A.D.) and the early Kadamba Kings of Goa.
33 kms. Sumptously built at Kavlem, is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Has a rich and beautiful Garbhakuda or the holy of holies where the deity is kept. The deity was shifted from kelsi. Agrashalas provide lodging facilities to the devotees