Top 11 Famous Temples in Goa

Goa is a travel hub in India. The name Goa strikes a chord with many foreign and Indian tourists alike. This place is synonymous with churches, scenic surroundings, and beautiful beaches.

Apart from beaches, there are many famous temples in Goa popular for their architecture, art, and history. The ancient temple that has withstood the tests of time is the Mahadev Temple in Goa located in Tambdi Surla.

This article gives you all the details regarding the famous temples in Goa. We have focused mainly on the famous temples and places to visit in Goa.  

To make your Goan trip hustle-free, the article discusses the landmark of famous temples in Goa.

  1. Shree Shantadurga Temple
  2. Tambdi Surla Temple
  3. Shree Manguesh Temple
  4. Balaji Temple in Goa
  5. Shree Kamaxi Temple
  6. Mahalasa Narayani Temple Goa
  7. Saptakoteshwar Temple
  8. Maruti Temple
  9. Mahalakshmi Temple – Ponda
  10. Shree Navadurga Temple
  11. Bhagavathi Temple
  1. Shree Shantadurga Temple

Shantadurga Temple in Goa denotes harmony and peace.  There are three famous Shantadurga Temples in Goa.

They are located at Quepem, Pernem, and Kavalem. All the Shantadurga temples in Goa is a serene place to visit whenever you are in Goa.

  1. Tambdi Surla Temple

Being declared as a protected monument, this Mahadev temple in Goa is historic enough to fall in the category of the oldest temples in Goa.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is a unique self on the architectural basis. The temple is made up of the finest basalt stones and has a pillared entrance hall and bears a three-stepped entrance for worshipping the god.

The temple attracts all the devotees and nature lovers throughout the year.

  1. Shree Manguesh Temple

The Mangueshi temple in Goa is one of the most popular temples in Goa. It is located at a distance of approximately 21 km from Panaji i.e. the capital of Goa.

One must remember that the temple has its own set of rules of dress code before paying a visit to the Mangueshi temple in Goa.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Manguesh i.e. it is also a Mahadev Temple in Goa. This is one of the most beautiful temples in Goa and is one of the best places to visit in Goa where a large number of pujas are performed every day.

  1. Balaji Temple in Goa

Balaji Temple is dedicated to Lord Balaji and is located in a village named Concolim in Ponda. It is one of the famous temples in Goa and is a part of the Kanchikamakoti Peeta and is also blessed by the holiness of Swami Jagadguru Shankaracharya.

The Balaji Temple in Goa is the most serene and is one of the most beautiful places in Goa. The devotees visit this beautiful Concoliem village for tranquility and peace.

  1. Shree Kamaxi Temple

This temple is the holy abode of the Goddess Kamakshi and is a form of Goddess Parvati. This temple is placed in Shiroda whereas the original temple was located in Rai that was completely ruined by the Portuguese invasions.

The temple roof resembles the Buddhist Pagoda with the hooded serpents protruding from the corners of the roof. This is another famous place to visit in Goa.

  1. Mahalasa Narayani Temple Goa

The temple is located in Mardol and is the abode of Goddess Mahalasa. Mahalasa is said to be a female avatar of Lord Vishnu which took the form of Mohini.

The Goddess has four arms each carries a sword, a bowl, a Trishul, and ahead. The temple has a unique feature. It wears a sacred thread around its waist that is mostly found on the male deities.

The original temple of Mahalasa was destroyed by the Portuguese in the year 1567 and was reconstructed in the 17th century.

  1. Saptakoteshwar Temple

The Saptakoteshwar Temple is one of the most famous temples in Goa situated in Narve which is 35 km away from Panjim.

The temple is considered to be one of the sixth great sites of the Mahadev temple in Goa. Saptakoteshwar is a form of Lord Shiva and the other deities include the shrine of Kalbhairav and the Padukas of Dattatraya which are carved on the stone.

  1. Maruti Temple

The Maruti Temple in Panjim located on the top of the Altinho hillock overlooking the Fountain has a district.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanumana the monkey God and enshrines Lord Hanumana as the presiding deity.

The spring has three different tanks and the temple is brilliantly lit at night and is visible even from the distance.

  1. Mahalaxmi Temple Ponda

    Mahalakshmi Temple in Ponda is the most visited temples in Goa. The deity of entire population of Goa is worshipped here and the temple has almost 18 pious images those depict the sects from Bhagwat Gita.

  2. Shree Navadurga Temple

Shree Navadurga Temple located at the beautiful village in Madkaim is dedicated to Goddess Navadurga situated at 28 km from Panjim and is the oldest temple in Goa.

  1. Bhagavathi Temple

There are many Bhagavathi temples that are located in the state of Goo. Parse, Marcela, Khandala, Pernem are the places having the famous temples in Goa. In most of the Goan temples, Goddess Bhagvathi is worshipped as the Panchayatana deity.