Mahadev Temple Goa
Mahadev Temple is a shrine of 12th century. It is a shaivite (sect of Hinduism) sanctum. It is located near the village of Tambdi Surla which is in Goa. It is the ancient temple of Goa. It follows the style of Jain. This temple is devoted to lord Shiva. This is a small temple which is carved beautifully. It is completely made up of black basalt. The temple area is surrounded by soft green grass. It has adopted the architecture of Kadamba-Yadava. A small river flows near this temple. It provide strong and magical atmosphere. Devotees have got the purity of mind and soul at this temple. The temple has got brilliant impression by mean of brightly glowing oil lamps. The campus of the temple is well maintained. The glory of this temple is at par.
One can reach this temple by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. One can hire taxi for reaching towards this temple. The interstate buses are available to carry out the journey. The trains like Mandovi express, Konkan express, Swantwadi express and Magaon are available to reach Goa and after reaching Goa one can reach the shrine by mean of taxis, regular bus and autos. The airport of Dabolim lies 35 km away from main city, Panaji. From airport one can reach the shrine by mean of taxi, bus and auto.
Security and Some Tips
There are many security services at Goa which are provided to people for safety and protection. These security services are Dynamic Personnel Bureau (Mapusa), Guardian Facilities Mangement Nagpur Pvt. Ltd. (Porvorim), Dynamic Personnel Bureau (Mapusa) and Guardian Facilities Mangement Nagpur Pvt. Ltd., Porvorim etc.
When To Visit
The best time to visit the temple is during the month from October to March. The timings of this temple are 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM. The duration of visiting this temple is 1.00 hrs. to 2.00 hrs.
What To See And Do
The temple is surrounded by the big garden of trees and soft green grass. It consists of pillared porch and three stepped entrances. The temple is transcended by tower. The walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful stone carving. There is small passage way within the temple. The centre of main porch is occupied by headless Nandi bull (vehicle of Lord Shiva). There is inner sanctum after the porch which consists of the lingham of lord Shiva placed on the platform made up of black stone. The lingham is also black in colour. The hibiscus flowers and lit incense sticks are offered to the god.
Where To Stay
There are many dharamshalas and youth hostels in Goa which provides stay at economical price. They are: Boys Hostel IHM, Safari Lodge, Matruchaya Lodge, Circuit House, Matruchaya Lodge and Udipi Boarding and Lodging etc.
Where Else To Stay
There are also hotels in Goa which provide luxury. They are: 360 Degree Beach Retreat, 3 Bedroom Luxury Villa, 1 double a/c bedroom with bath, lounge, kitchen and 1 Bedroom apartment in Resort in Arpora etc.
The festival of mahashivratri is celebrated here with great joy and spiritualism. People living in surrounding villages use to come at this shrine to celebrate this festival. Generally people prefer to visit this temple at this time.
There are many places to visit around Mahadev Temple. These places are: Laxmi Prasann, shri gopal ganpati mandir, sansthan kapileshwar mandir, rudreshwar mahadev temple, shree chamundeshwari mandir and Shri Ganpati Temple etc.
Yatris should take video camera with them in order to trap each and every activity of the whole trip. They should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole trip along with the feelings and emotions at that period of time. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the shrine including its history. They should also take first aid for curing frequent injury.
Thus, a great example of India’s ancient architecture is Mahadev Temple.