If you are in Goa do choose to spend your time differently by visiting the lovely Hindu temples there. These are in different locations so opting for bikes for rent in Goa to visit these is a great idea. You can choose to rent bikes from www.ziphop.in.
The Carambolim Brahma temple is one of the most ancient temples in Goa…it draws thousands of devotees around the Carambolim area. The temple contains an idol that hails from the 12th century and is mad in a very exquisite manner. The structure is named after the adjacent village named Brahma Kamal. When Goa was struggling for freedom, multiple sessions for hatching plans were held here by PP Shirodhkar and the national congress members. The area is very pristine and simple and the temple’s illustrious history will surely charm all history lovers.
Shanta Durga temple
If architecture interests you then you will find the Shanta Durga temple fascinating. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Shanta Durga and once upon a time it was only a smallish hut. The destruction of the hut in the 18th century by the Portuguese led to the creation of a lovely stone temple. Right now this is a huge temple complex with a red and white majestic architectural style that combines Indian and Portuguese design concepts. The look is completely different from any standard Hindu temple. This temple has adjacent guesthouses for visitors and devotees.
The Mahadev Temple in Tambdi Surla has very pristine surroundings. Verdant greenery surrounds it on all sides and it’s known as the most ancient Goanese temple that survived the mass Christianisation of Goa that was spearheaded by the Portuguese. Though the temple is small it’s beautifully designed and very strong…it has been able to fend off the several Muslim invasions that happened during its existence. Locals say that a majestic King Cobra dwells in the interiors of the temple making it even more attractive to tourists and nature lovers.
The mahalakshmi temple is situated near Panda and it’s a must visit if you are looking for a good Hindu spiritual destination in Goa. In the 15th century…the original Mahalakhsmi temple that was made of black granite was broken by the Portuguese invaders in the intense drive to eradicate Hinduism. A lovely Idol made of panchloha was made…tis is actually a unique combination of lead, silver, copper, gold and silver. The temple is a true copy of mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur which is main hub of Shakti worshippers. The aesthetics of the temple and its interiors are beautiful.
Nageshi temple is in Panda and it’s an ode to Shiva. This temple is supposed to possess powerful wish granting properties. This has a swayambhu or naturally made shrine that has seen the fulfilment of many wishes expressed by devotees. People say that the temple was here since ancient years and a cow herder had discovered the idol of Shiva perchance. This is also an important survivor of the Portuguese invasion and the attempt of cultural eradication of Hindus in 18th century. Though the temple is small it’s beautiful and it has a drinking water tank.
Visiting these temples will be a pleasurable experience if you choose to rent a good car/ bike from www.ziphop.in.