Saraswat Temples in Goa



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Sri Ramnath Samsthan 
Ramnathim (Ponda)

This temple was originally locted at Lotulim in Salcette taluka and was shifted to present location in Bandivadem in the 16th century. Other Dieties worshipped in the temple are Shri Laxmi Narayan, Sri Shanteri, Sri Kamakshi, Sri Siddhinath, Betal and Kalabhairava.

The Mahajans/Kulavis belong to Kaundinya and Vatsa gotra with surnames such as Acharya, Keni, Kamat, Kare, Pai, Nayak, etc.

The regular / periodical utsavas are Palakhi / Roupyashibikotsova of (1) Sri Ramnath on every Monday, (2) Sri Shantha Durga on every Shuklapanchami, (3) Sri Kamakshi on Amavase. The annual Jatra of samsthan is held during Shivratri and Navaratri is also celebrated grandly.

Sri Samsthan Mahalakshmi 
Bandora (Ponda) 

The temple was shifted from Colva in Sasasthi (Salcette) in 16th century during Portuguese invasion. Affiliate Dieties are Ravalnath.

The Mahajans / Kulavis belong to Kaushika, Kashyapa, Vatsa, Bharadwaja Gothras. With surnames Nayak, Pai, Shenoy, Kamath, Bhat. The Samsthan is planning to build Agrashala. Navaratri is celebrated grandly here. The speciality of this temple is its beautiful chowka which is famous for its grandeur and beauty.

Sri Nagesh Maharudra Samsthan 
Bandora (Ponda)

This is one of the few temples which was not affected by Portuguese Persecution and continues to be located at its original site. The present temple was constructed in 1780 A.D.

The affiliate deities worshipped in the temple are Sri Laxmi Narayan and Sri Ganapati, Ravalnath and Betal. Other temples connected with the Samsthan are those of Goddess Karado and Purvachari.

Kulavis belong to Kaushiks, Vatsa and Bharadwaja Gotras with surnames Nayak, Pai, Shenoy, Kamath and Prabhu.

Regular utsavas held in the temple are shibika/palakees of Sri Nagesh on every Monday, of Sri Laxmi Narayan on every Dashmi and of Sri Ganapati on every Shukla Chaturthi (Vinayaki). The annual Jatra of temple is held from Chaitra from Ramanavami on words and Shivaratri is also celebrated in a grand manner with Rathotsava on Magha Amavasya (next day).

The temple has Agrashalas with well equipped rooms and also halls for weddings etc. The Talai (water tank) is famous in Goa for its crystal clear wter throughout the year.

Sri Ganapati Samsthan 
Khandole (Ponda) 

The temple was originally located in Navelin in Diwadi island from where it was shifted to Narve in Bicholim then to present location. It is also believed the deity was first located in present Goa Vella which was then capital of the Kadambas and on the downfall of the Kadamba empire was shifted to Diwadi island.

Mahajans/Kulavis belong to Bharadwaj, Kashyapa, Kaushik and Atri gotras having surnames Shenoy, Kudva, Kamath, Prabhu and Ramani.

The main festival of Ganesh-Navarathra is celebrated on Magha Shuddha Chaturthi.

Sri Navadurga Samsthan 
Kundaim (Ponda) 

The deity hails from Gaucim in Tiswadi taluk and affiliate deities are Adinarayana Gramapursha, Mahadeva, Ganesh, Betala, Ravalnath and Malikarjuna. The near by Laxmi Narayan temple was shifted from Azossim in Tiswadi Taluk during Portuguese persecution in 16th century.

Mahajans/Kulavis have Kamat Surnames.

Regular Palakki Utsava is held on every Trayodashi and annual jatra is held in Navaratri.

Sri Navadurga Samsthan

This temple was originally situated at Gancim in Tiswadi. Affiliate deities worshipped here are Grampurush, Narayana, Betala, Ravalnatha and Ganapati.

Mahajan / Kulavis belonging to Atri, Bharadwaja, Kaunsha, Vatsa Gotra with Kamat Surname.

The Palakhi of Shree is taken on Shukla Navami of every month. The annual Jatra is held in Kartika from Vadya Chaturthi to Dashami; Navaratri is also celebrated grandly.

Sri Devakikrishna Ravalnath Samsthan 
Marcel (Ponda) 

This seems to be the only temple in India where lord Krishna is worshipped with Devaki as Devakikrishna.

The main Deities Devakikrishna and affiliate deities of Bhumika Devi, Laxmi Ravalnath, Mallinath, Katyayani, Chodaneshwar and Dhada Shankar were originally located at Choodamani island from where they were taken to Mayemwadem in Bicholim and from there shifted to present location at Marcel.

Mahajana/Kulavis belong to Atri, Kasyapa, Vatsa, Kaudinya, Bharadwaj, Vasista. Surnames Prabhu, Kamat, Ghadiyar, Naik, Kini. The palaki is taken in Shukla and Trayodashi (except in Chaturmas). Ramanabami, Gokulastami are celebrated grandly.

Sri Mahalasa Narayani Samsthan 
Mardol (Ponda) 

This temple was originally located at Varunapur (Verna) in Sastri taluk. As per Portuguese records it was one of the most magnificent  temple destroyed by them. It was shifted to Antruj Mahal, Ponda in 16th Century. Sri Shanteri and Sri Laxminarayan are affiliate deitieswith Dhada. Shankar, Kala Bhairav, Bhagwati and various family purushas are worshipped.

Mahajanas/Kulavis belong to Kaushika, Atri, Bharadwaj, Vatsa Gotra with Pai, Keni, Kamat, Shenoy, Raiturkar, Kakode, etc. as surnames.

Sri Mahalasa's palkis held every Sunday while that of Shantadurga is on Panchami. Annual Jatra is held from Maghashuddha Shasti to Bahula dashami while Navaratri is celebrated with great pomp.

There are rooms with modern facilities in newly built Agrashalas.

The Goddess Mahalasa was a much feared deity and justice dispensed by taking oath under the "Justice Bell" was recognized even by Portuguese courts.

This is the most important temple in Goa

Sri Mangesh Samsthan

The temple was originally located at Kushastali (Cortalim) on the banks of river Aghanashini and was shifted to present place in 1560 A.D. Affiliate deities are Sri Laxmi Narayan, Sri Sri Surya Narayana and Sri Veerabhadra.

The Mahajanas belong to Vatsa and Kaundinya Gotras having surnames Shenoy, Bhandary, Rajadhyaksha, Dalavi, Bhise etc. Annual Jatra of the Samsthan is celebrated fro Magha Panchami onwards. Navaratri and Shivaratri are observed grandly with Makharotsava, etc.

 Sri Vijayadurga Samsthan 
Kerim (Ponda) 

Originally situated at Sankhavali along with Sri Shantadurga and Sri Laxmi Narshima.

The Mahajanas belong to Vatsa, Bharadwaj, Kashyapa, Atri, Kaundinya, Kaushika and Vasista gotras. There is regular periodical palakhi  of Sri Vijayadurga on dashamis twice a month and Annual jatra is held in Magha upto Shivaratri and also on Navaratri.

The temple was renovated recently.


Sri Shanthadurga Samsthan 
Kavlem (Ponda) 

The deity was shifted from Kadalivana (Quelossim) to Kavlem in 16th century. Sri Laxminarayana is  affiliate deity worshipped in the temple.

The Mahajanas belong to Kaushika Gotras with surnames Shenvi, Vaidya, Sukhtankar, Rege, Gaitonde etc. The Pallakhi of Sri Shantadurga is held on every panchami while annuaal jatra is celebrated from Magha Suddha prathipada to Shuklapanchami. Navaratri is also celebrated with Makharotsava. The temple is well-equipped with Agrashalas and accomodated with modern amenities and many halls.

Sri Kamakshi Samsthan 
Shiroda (Ponda) 

The temple of Sri Kamakshi was shifted from Raia in Salcette Taluka. Affiliate deities are Sri Laxminarayana, Sri Shanthadurga, Sri Rayeshwar, Sri Mahadeshwar, Betal, Kalabhairav and Grama Purusha.

The Mahajans belong to Vatsa, Kaushika and Atri gotras with surnames such as Pai, Kamath, Baliga, Kini, Nayak, Bir and Bhat.

The Palakhi procession of Sri Kamakshi is held on every Shukla Panchami, Sri Rayeshwar on Vadya Chaturdashi. Annual jatra is held on Shivaratri as well as Navaratri/Dasara.

This Samsthan is also equipped with Agrashalas having rooms with modern amenities and also a hall for marriages etc.

Sri Shantadurga Samsthan 
Gothana - Veling (Ponda)

This deity was also shifted from Sancoale in Salcette Taluka. Affiliate deities are Kshetrapal, Sri Dandapani, Grama purusha and Purushas of various Gotras / families. The speciality of this temple is the deity is established on a Varula (snake hill).

The Mahajans / Kulavis - same as those of Sri Vijayadurga of Kerim.

The periodical Palakhi of Sri is celebrated on both Shukla and Vadya panchamis every month and annual Jatra is held from Ashwina Pratipada to Vijayadashmi in Navaratri.

Sri Laxmi Narasimha Samsthan 
Veling (Ponda) 

This temple was also Situated in Sankhavali (Sanchole in Salcette) and was shifted with other deities Sri Vijayadurga and Sri Shantadurga to present Sylvan surroundings. The temple is still in its old glory with wooden bars reliefs and carvings. The painting and carvings in the temple chowka depicting Sri Narasimha Purana are worth seeing.

The Mahajans belong to Shankpinga Kutsa Gotra with Nayak Surname. While Nayak, Bhandari, Padiyar, Shenvi, Prabhu are Palavi Kulavies.

There is palakhi of Sri Laxmi Narasimha on every Shukla Chaturdashi, Sri Ramanavami, Navaratri are celebrated grandly and annual Jatra is held in Magha Masa.

Sri Chanmundeswari Mahamaya Kudturikaria Samsthan 
Avadem (Quepem) 

The temple was originally located in Kudatari in Salcette. The affiliate deities are Sri Shanteri, Sri Laxminarayana, Sri Ganapati, Sri Ravalnath and Sri Siddeswar.

The Mahajanas are Pai, Kamath, Naik, Desai, Kurtarkar, etc. While Navaratri is celebrated with Makharotsava etc. The annual Jatra is held from Pushya Shukla Triyodashi upto Poornima for 3 days.

Sri Damodar Samsthan
Quepem Post 

Sri Damodar temple was originally situated in Mathagrama (Madgaum) and was shifted to Panchamahal at present site which was then under the king of Sunda. The affiliate deities are Sri Ramnath, Sri Chamundeshwari, Sri Mahakali and Sri Mahesha.

The Mahajans are from Kaunsha, Bharadwaj, Kashyapa and Vatsa gotras with Nayak, Shenoy, Pai, Shenvi surnames.

The Pallakhi of Sri Damoder is taken on every Monday. The annual Jatra is held from Ashwin Poornima to Vadya Chaturthi. The Shigmotsava and Gulal of Zambaulim is famous in Goa in which all people participate irrespective of caste and religion.

The temple has been renovated.

Shree Gokarna Parthagali Jeevothama Mutt 
Parthagali - Canakona TQ. 

Sri Gauda Padacharya Samsthan (Kavlemutt) 
Kaivalyapura Kavlem (Ponda) 

Shri Bandora Kashi Mutt  Bandora Goa 403401

The Mutt at Bandora, Goa founded by Sudhindra Tirtha in 1972.


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