Sree Temple, Goa

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    Sree Saptakoteshwar Temple

    by JessH Updated Sep 14, 2006

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    This temple was my favourite: small, intimate, quiet and surrounded by beautiful lush forest. The Saptakoteshwar temple at Narve is considered to be one of the 6 great sites of temples dedicated to the "God of seven worlds": Lord Saptakoteshwara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

    The deity originally was based in a temple on Divar Island off Old Goa, and after Goa fell to the Muslims it was buried but later rediscovered 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 (a Maratha king) ordered its renovation at its present site in 1688 whilst trying to oust the Portuguese.

    Around 30 minutes is enough time to have a look around the grounds & inside the temple buildings.

    TIP: At the entrance local women sell orange flower necklaces, which you later place in the temple as an offering. If you like, take a few (make sure not to get ripped-off though) but if you're squeamish I wouldn’t advise putting them around your neck… ours had plenty of little bugs in them... :-)

    NOTE: Photography is NOT allowed inside the temples. Please show respect and only photograph the outside of the temples.

    There are quite a few temples in Goa that attract numerous devotees & visitors every year. Their simple architecture and natural beauty have an attractive effect.
    It is noteworthy that when the Portuguese came into power they had tried to destroy these temples. The Saraswat Hindu Temples in Goa are the few that had survived the attack.
    One of the special features of Goan temples - giving it a special local flavour - is the Lamp Tower or "Deepmal" or "Deepa Stambha" rising anywhere from 2-6 storeys high. On festival days the Lamp tower is decorated with hundreds of oil lamps & results in a spectacular effect of beauty & mesmerizing tranquillity.

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    Sree Mangueshi Temple

    by JessH Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    This is one of the most prominent Hindu temples in Goa and is dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The deity is originally from Cortalim and was moved to Priol to avoid – like so many others - the destruction by Portuguese forces in the early days of its rule in the 16th century.
    After many renovations its style today is uniquely Goan. The oldest part of the temple complex is the water tank ("Tirthastan") at the front of the courtyard, where devotees perform ritualistic cleansing baths before entering the temple on festival days.

    We inquired about the many yellow concrete buildings around the temple & were told that these are 12 "Agrashalas" or residences, which are used for pilgrims at the temple.

    TIP: You may find that some of the priest's aids approach you & start giving you a tour with a lot of information about the different buildings, statues & rituals. Just keep in mind that when he's finished he will expect to be paid! I didn't mind as he was very nice & he spoke fluent English, so I gave him a generous 500 Rupees.

    Depending on whether you accept one of these "free-lance tour guides" or not, around 30 min is enough time to have a look around the grounds & inside the temples.

    NOTE: Photography is NOT allowed inside the temples. Please show respect and only photograph the outside of the temples.
    One of the special features of Goan temples - giving it a special local flavour - is the Lamp Tower or "Deepmal" or "Deepa Stambha" rising anywhere from 2-6 storeys high. On festival days the Lamp tower is decorated with hundreds of oil lamps & results in a spectacular effect of beauty & mesmerizing tranquillity.

    NOTE: Outside the temple local women sell orange flower necklaces, which you later place in the temple as an offering. If you like, take a few (make sure not to get ripped-off though) but I wouldn’t advise putting them around your neck... ours had plenty of little bugs in them ;-)

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    Sree Temple

    by jivanne96 Written Nov 5, 2007

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    I visited this Sree temple. On the street going to the temple you will see lots of vendors selling fruits, souvenirs. It is very busy and lots of worshippers. I met one old guy who showed me some religous icons and claimed it is more than 100 yrs. So we took photos but at the end he is asking us for cash tip for showing it to us.

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