One of the many important Hindu temples in Goa, Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple stands with the architectural beauty of the Mughals, the mandap or the temple hall with designs from the Europeans and a tall lamp tower. Devotees from all over the country visit the holy place to attend an important annual temple festival called Gokulashtami. So, do not miss out on this magically beautiful place on your next trip to Goa. It is Located at Narve, Bicholim, South Goa, Goa – 403714 and Visiting time is 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, All days Distance from Panaji is 37 kilometers. Entry Free.
The list of famous temples in Goa include Maruti Temple as well. A visit to Maruti Temple is a must on your trip to Goa. Maruti Temple is a perfect place for the history buffs due to a long yet an interesting story behind the building of this temple. Lord Hanuman or the Monkey God is worshipped here. Do visit Maruti Temple when in Goa to explore the intriguing history behind its construction. It is Located Near RTO Circle, Ponda-Panaji Highway, Ponda, Goa 403401, and it's Visit duration One hour and Visit timing is 5:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Declared as a protected monument, Mahadeva Temple is historic enough to fall in the category of the old temples in Goa. Dedicated to Lord Shiva is a unique self on the architectural basis. A pillared entrance hall, made up of the finest basalt stones and also bears a three-stepped entrance to worship the linga. The Tambdi Surla temple attracts devotees and nature lovers as well throughout the year. It is Located Near Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Sanguem, Surla, Goa 403406 and it's major attractions is Festival of Mahashivratri.
Surprisingly, the Temple of Shantadurga can be found at three places in Goa. Shantadurga temples in Goa are at Kavlem, Pemem, and Quepem. The Shantadurga Temple located in Quepem is a true symbol that God Is One because here, the deity is worshipped by both Hindus as well as the Christians. As the name suggests, this serene place is a true symbol of peace and harmony. Also, it is a must visit among the many temples in South Goa. It is Located at Quepem, South Goa, Goa – 403703 and it's major attractions is Jatra Utsav festival.
Situated on the banks of the Kushawati River, Shri Damodar Temple is the home to the deity of Lord Shiva’s incarnation as Lord Damodar. A large number of devotees believe that Kushavati River can heal the body ills with its healing power. According to the temple rituals, there is a Palanquin carried out where the ideal of the Lord Damodar is held around the temple premises. During the procession, it takes around fourteen halts to just stand for a while and sing bhajans. Do your next trip to goa some justice and visit this one of the famous temples in Goa to witness the colours and songs of peace. It is Located at Sanguem, South Goa, Goa Distance from Margao: 22 kilometers.
With a sack full of various beliefs, the Mahalsa Temple is among other famous temples in Goa. Some say that the small pool of water inside the temple was sprouted by Goddess when she struck it with her toe. And to no surprise, an idol was found at that same place with hundreds of stories behind it. To attain divine experience, one must attend the aarti sequences or maybe the daily rounds of worship held in the temple premises.Goa Nearby attractions: Butterfly Conservatory of Goa, Shri Naguesh Temple, Shantadurga Temple, Old Goa, Mangueshi Temple and Utorda Beach. It is Located at Shri Mahalasa Saunsthan, Mardol, Prirol.
Goa is majorly full of Hindu temples and another significant one among the Hindu temples in Goa is the Mangueshi Temple. One of the best places to visit in North Goa, this temple is known for the Deep Stambha to the North of the structure which is at its best when lit with hundreds of diyas in the evening. A beautiful combination of modern day art and traditional Hindu pattern, The Mangueshi Temple is must visit on your list of famous temples here. It is Located at Mangeshi, Priol, Ponda, North Goa 403001 and it's Annual Festivals is Ram Navami, Navratri, Maha Shivratri and Jatra Utsav
Another important and significant temple among the temples in Goa is the Nagesh Temple. Naguesh Temple is famous for its strong & stable background. It is the only temple in Goa that was not rebuilt ever and was just renovated. You would not want to miss on the chance to see the beautiful reflections of the images that are created in the pool of the temple. This is what carries numerous tourists to the Naguesh Temple from all over the Goa. It is Located at Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401 Year of establishment: 1413 A.D. Major festivals is Shivratri.
This Brahma Temple is a must visit among the Brahma temples in Goa to experience a divine temple tour. The tall and elegant idol of Lord Brahma stands in the center of the premises. The idol of Lord Brahma is portrayed in Trimurti form. It is believed that Lord Brahma will bless everyone who will come to see him. Further, which attracts a lot Hindu crowd to all the Goa temples. It is Located at Valpoi, Satari District, Goa. Year of establishment is Dates back to 5th century.
Another spectacular creation, the temple of Shri Kamakshi stands in amazing surroundings which adds to its beauty and charm. A divine ambiance is all what a pilgrim needs when he comes this far. Unlike other famous temples in Goa, Kamakshi Temple is the one which abodes a water tank in its sanctum. The splendid beauty and the divinity of the place attracts tourists from all over Goa. Goddess Kamakshi is the incarnation of the Universal Mother Goddess. It is Located at Shirida, South goa. Established in: Late 16th century
As the list is growing, it seems like Goa is everything but temples. Laxmi Narasimha temple stands in contrast to other temples in Goa with its old charm. Temple tour in India will never face recession because there is a temple in every corner and a higher population of devotees. Known the for the freshwater spring that fills the temple tank and amazingly detailed carvings, Laxmi Narasimha Temples is also among the old temples of Goa. It is Located at Veling, Goa
Historically Ramnath is considered to be one of the forms of Lord Shiva to whom Lord Ram paid tributes and prayed before crossing the waters to enter Sri Lanka. Therefore, Shri Ramnath Temple holds a huge amount of importance in the Hindu culture and this is one of the famous Hindu temples in Goa. What you just cannot miss while in this temple is the deepstambh and the idols of other Gods besides Lord Ramnath. It is Location at Shree Ramnath Devasthan, Ramnathim, Ponda, Goa 403401. Visit duration is 30 minutes approximately.Visit timings is 5:00 am to 8:00 pm
Said to 500 years old, Shri Bhagavati Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, a form of Goddess Laxmi. The temple is beautifully built with two huge black elephants on the entrance to welcome the pilgrims. Shri Bhagavati Temple is likely famous among other Goa temples because it attracts a huge amount of visitors on the occasion of Dusshera. It is advisable to visit this temple when the festivities are around the corner to witness the colourful and full of life celebrations. It is Located at Pernem, North Goa.
Of all the Churches in Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most frequently visited. Owing its existence to Jesuits who came to India in the 15th century, this is one of the oldest churches in Goa dating back to 1594. With its elaborate works of precious stones, the incorrupted body of St.Francis Xavier, and surreal works of impressionist painter, Dom Martin Basilica Bom of Jesus casts a spell of astonishment on each one who visits. It is Located at Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa Year of establishment is 1605 Mass timings is Sunday Mornings – 8 AM to 9:15 AM (English) | Evening – 6 PM (Konkani) | Weekday Mornings – 7 AM to 8 AM, 6pm.
Owing to its magnificent architecture the Se Cathedral is the biggest of all churches and convents of Goa. It was built to commemorate the victory of Portuguese rule over India dedicating it to St. Catherine. Housing the Great Golden Bell and having received the benediction of Pope in the form of the Golden Rose, this place has a very vivid spiritual aura to it. It is Located at Velha, Goa. Year of establishment is 1640. Mass timings is Sunday – 7:30 AM, 10 AM, and 4 PM | Weekday – 7:30 AM and 6 PM.
Situated on the ‘Monte’ the Church of our lady of the Mount is the most famous old Goa church. Right beside Se Cathedral, this church offers mesmerizing views of Mandovi river, Chorao islands, and Old Goa amid the fresh ambiance of surrounding hills and has also featured in movies like All The Best and Zeher. It isLocated at Ella, Goa. Year of establishment is 1510. Mass timings is Weekdays – 9 AM to 7 PM | Sundays – 9 AM to 12 PM.
Modelled on the St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican city, the Church of St. Cajetan is one of the most beautiful of churches in South Goa. With its Corinthian Architecture and Baroque style carvings, the church impressively portrays the majestic Portuguese Era and hence boasts thousands of admirers all around the world. It is Location at Velha, Goa. Year of establishment is 1661. Mass timings is 7 AM to 12 noon and 4 PM to 7 PM.
With its unique castle-like architectural design and flawless white walls, Mae De Deus Church is the only church in Goa in the Neo-Gothic style. Possessing stunning gilded and carved embellishment including the miraculous Mae De Deus Statue, this church’s beauty with illumination is spellbinding at night. Thus, drawing more admirers at night. It is Located at Chogm Rd, Saligao, Goa. Year of establishment was 1873. Mass timings Weekdays – 7 AM and 8 AM | Sundays – 7 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM.
Churches are built to bestow God’s grace and protection on humans thereby to evade the forces of evil. However, the Three Kings Chapel is one of the churches telling a tale of greed and jealousy through the presence of evil energy there. The church boasts innumerable ghostly and mysterious legends enticing many to visit this place to get a first-hand experience. It is Located at Muder, Cansaulim, Goa Year of establishment was 1721.
The St. Diogo’s church is a beautiful church constructed in a Neo-Roman style, built by patrons of .St. Diogo. The church is imparted with 5 baroque altars and 3 bells making it the most distinct of all the churches in North Goa. It is Located at Guirim, Goa Year of establishment was 1604. Mass timings is Weekdays – 7 AM | Sunday – 7 AM, 9 AM, 10:15 AM.
Beginning as a small place of worship, the Santa Cruz Church gradually developed into what it is today, serving as one of the largest parishes in Goa. As being constructed in the Neo-Roman style it is a beautiful blend of Indian and European culture revealing the glorious past of Goa. It is Located at Santa Cruz, Goa Year of establishment was 1547. Mass timings: Weekdays – 6:30 AM and 7:15 AM | Sundays – 6:30 AM, 7:15 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, and 5:30 PM.
With Christ’s statue featuring at the top of the church, St. Elizabeth’s Church is one of the Old Goa church built in the elegant Mannerist style and including rococo features. Although once destroyed in a heavy storm, St. Elizabeth’s Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa owing to its good maintenance throughout the year. It is Located at Aldona, Balbot, Ucassaim, Goa. Year of establishment was 1708. Mass timings: Sunday & Saturday – 6 AM to 7 PM.
The St. John the Baptist Church, is one of the most famous church in Goa. Situated on top of the hill, it has the most elegant of altars and galleries inducing people to visit this white-washed church. It isnLocated at Benaulim, Goa. Year of establishment was 1956. Mass timings: Weekdays – 7 AM (Konkani) | Sundays – 6:15 AM (Konkani) & 7:45 PM (Konkani).
Located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Margao, the Jama Masjid is situated in the Sanguem district in Goa. The Jama Masjid was re-built in year 1959 as it had started to fall apart due to the lashes of time. This beautiful mosque is commendable for its simple yet elegant construction. The entrance of the mosque is beautiful and the mosque is surrounded by elegant "Minars". The top of the minars have dome shaped cabins.
The Safa Masjid (mosque) is one of the most popular mosques in Goa. It is located in Ponda district of Goa and was built in year 1560 by Adilshah of Bijapur. All Muslims gather in this mosque during the festivals of Id-ul-Zuha and Id-ul-Fitar. The mosque has a beautifully constructed tank like pond adjacent to it. The pond used to be surrounded by a beautiful garden which was destroyed by the Portuguese during their invasion.
The Surla Taar has arguably the most interesting history. The Surla Taar was a part of 27 other mosques built in Goa by Adil Shah, out of which only a handful remain. As the name suggests. The mosque is located at Surla village. Another fun piece of trivial is that Taar means the ferry point of the village. Which is why this mosque is quite close to the old village ferry point. Though the very structure of the mosque doesn’t look too old but a water tank, made in the front says a lot about its age. This particular water tank has four steps on all its sides and has beautiful arched architecture, all around its boundary. The government, declared it a ‘Protected Site’ a few years back.
There seems to be no shortage of beautiful mosques in Goa. And Namazgah is of course, one of them. It was constructed in Goa by Mughal ruler Akbar on a picturesque hill in Bicholim. This mosque also consists of the tomb of Hazrat Abdullah Khan, Sambhaji, the famous Maratha King attended his funeral. He also offered grant for the maintenance of this mosque. If you’re looking to celebrate Eid in Goa then Namazgah is a great choice.