Mahalakshmi Temple, Goa

photos of Maha Mandapam at Mahalakshmi Temple in Goa by Arun Shanbhag
Maha Mandap (Great Hall) at the Mahalakshmi Temple, Goa

The Mahamandap (Great Hall) at the Mahalakshmi Temple in Bandivade, Goa provides a therapeutic escape from many of Goa busy attractions. It is a perfect place to sit undisturbed and commune with the divine. On this early morning, regular devotees went about their prayers silently and tourist laden buses had not yet arrived.

In front of the Deul (Konkani for Temple, also Devasthan), notice the Deepa Stamba (Light tower), a characteristic of Goa Konkani temples. Around the temple are guest rooms for traveling devotees at nominal costs.

photos of Mahalakshmi Temple in Goa by Arun Shanbhag
Deepa Stamba (Light Tower) in front and the Tulsi Vrindavan on the side

History of the Temple: The Mahalakshmi Deul (see Tribute to Lakshmi) is another of a long list of temples destroyed by the Christians during the Portuguese Inquisition. The Portuguese made every attempt to annihilate the Konkani (Hindu) faith, heritage and reshape the culture of Goa. A genocide lasting more than 150 years during which many of our ancestors were forcibly converted to christianity, murdered, burnt at the stake, or forced to migrate out of Goa!

The Deul was originally in the village of Kolambe, near present day Colva beach. When the Portuguese destroyed it, devotees smuggled the murtī of Mahalakshmi (Great Lakshmi) first to the town of Talauli (aka Talavali, Talaulim) where it resided in the home of a priest. It was then moved to its present location in Bandivade in Ponda, where a small temple was established in 1866. Upgrades and expansions have occurred ever since. Today it is a magnificent example of Konkani temple architecture in Goa.

Mahalakshmi is respected as a form of Durga Devi, as described in the Durga Saptashati (aka Chandi PaTh or Devi Mahatmyam). Devi is an independent Goddess to whom the Gods turn for help in their hour of need. Mahalakshmi is depicted as the Goddess of Wealth and resides as an independent Goddess and not as a spouse of Vishnu.


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    1. Hey Arun is this post still being responded too…we visited Goa temples last week and all family members were very glad that we did. Goa is not just beaches for sure and our rich heritage has been saved through a great many struggles for sure.

  1. I am also a GSB good to see a site with all these pictures. I visit these temples every year. I think you will like the below mentioned site a lot , there are naby pics of the temple.

    http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/56224-no-beach-no-seafood-different-goa.html

    http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/56224-no-beach-no-seafood-different-goa-2.html

    http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/56224-no-beach-no-seafood-different-goa-3.html

    These are not mine, but i stumbled across by chance.

  2. Hi Arun,

    I visited Goa Thrice but never had an opportunity to visit Mahalaxmi Temple. When I saw it today thru this I was surprised at architecture of the temple is replica of Shri Narayan Temple, Walawal, Tal. Kudal especially entrace aani maadi. Our Narayan is originated from Harmal, Goa and as we are followers of Kaivlya Math we also takes Shri Shantadurga as familiy diety. Can you share more photographs of Mahalaxmi temple ? My email id is prabhudar@gmail.com

    1. Hi Darshan:
      Thank you for taking the time to browse through the site and your kinds words about the Mahalakshmi Temple.
      It is a beautiful temple and part of my mother’s family deity. So we visit it on every occasion.

      Interestingly, I love the Narayani Devasthan in Mardol. Very popular. The architecture of the Narayani Devasthan is slightly different and it is likely that your Kudal temple is more like that. And interesting, I have a lot of pics of the Narayani Devasthan and am preparing a post on that – so you can see.

      Dev Bara Karo!
      Arun

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