Mahalakshmi Devi Temple Goa

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Info About Mahalakshmi Devi Temple

Mahalakshmi Devi Mandir, located in Bandora about 4 kilometers from Ponda, is one of the ancient temples of Goa, and like many of the other temples in Goa, enjoys a spectacular location. Located on the outskirts of Panjim, it is surrounded by dense forests with hills in the background.

History of Mahalakshmi Devi Temple

The Mahalakshmi Devi Mandir has stood since 1413. However, another temple dedicated to the same deity was found in the town of Colva in Salcette. To avoid destruction at the hands of the Portuguese, just like most of the temples in Goa, the idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi was taken away in the middle of the night somewhere around the 16th century.

This brave act was embarked upon by Safto & Fato, two devotees, who took the idol to the town of Talauli, in close proximity to Ponda. The idol was then brought over Colva & shifted to Bandode, along with the earlier existing idol.

Features of Mahalakshmi Devi Temple

Upon visiting the temple, you are greeted by its wonderfully decorated arch & entrance dotted with sculptures of 2 elephants. Inside, there are lovely antique chandeliers attached to the ceiling, while its walls are decorated with engravings of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha & Lord Garuda. The inner walls are adorned with paintings which depict the tales from the puranas.

Festivals Held at Mahalakshmi Devi Temple

Ram Navami is the main festival celebrated in the temple, during which, the second goddess Mahalakshmi is taken out on a procession in a palanquin (called palkhi in the local language).

On the second day of the festival, both the idols are taken out in a grand procession. Mahashivratri is the next major festival held in the temple. The main idol, that of Goddess Mahalakshmi, is carried on the shoulders of the devotees during this festival.

Visiting Timings

6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

How to reach?

Mahalakshmi Devi Mandir is located 27 kilometers from Kadamba Bus Terminal. The distance between Panjim to Bandora (where the temple is situated) is almost 30 kilometers.

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