Some important facts about Shri Mahalaxmi Temple in Goa.

   Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is Situated in the village of Bandora, about 4 kms. from Ponda.

   Shri Mahalaxmi Devi has a unique feature she wears linga on her head.  

  The Goddess is considered a peaceful or Satvik form of the Devi.

   The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhavata sect, which is considered one of the few galleries of wooden images of Vishnu in India. One of the largest galleries of wooden Images of Vishnu in India

  This temple is considered the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult.

  The Goddess Mahalakshmi was worshipped by the Shilahara rulers (750-1030 AD) and the early Kadamba Kings of Goa.

  The image of Mahalakshmi has a close resemblance to that of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur.

  Many think that this temple was shifted from Colva in Sasasthi (Salcette) in 16th century during Portuguese invasion. In fact the temple was erected at Bandivade. Because of transportation problem the Saraswats also built another temple in Colva which was then shifted to the main abode i.e to the Bandivade Mahalaxmi Temple. 

  The speciality of this temple is its beautiful chowka which is famous for its grandeur and beauty.

  The general proverb  "Pillar of Shri Mangesh", "Dome of Shri Shantadurga", "Tank of Shri Nagesh", "Square of Shri Mahalaxmi", "Sthal (Spot) of Shri Mahalasa" and "Gana of Shri Kamakshi" elucidates the distinctive features of some of the temples of Goa. 

  The Mahajans / Kulavis belong to Kaushika, Kashyapa, Vatsa, Bharadwaja Gothras with surnames Nayak, Pai, Shenoy, Kamath, Bhat.

  Navaratri is celebrated grandly here. (Reports of the navaratri will be posted soon.). Other festivals celebrated are Shri  Ram Navami (Chaitra Shud  Navami),  Shri Mahalakshmi Pratishthapana Day in Vaishakha and  Maha Shivaratri Festival in the month of Magha.

  This is one of our ancient Kuladevata Temples. When Lord Parashuram had invited our forefathers from Trihotrapura, they had come down to Goa with their deities of daily worship

  Prominent Kuldevatas were Shri Magirish Mahadev (popularly known as Shri Mangesh), Shri Mahalakshmi, Shri Mahalasa, Shri Shantadurga, Shri Nagesh and Shri Saptakotishwar.

  Shri Narayan, Shri Baleshwar, Shri Ravalnath and Shri Narayan Purush  are other Deities in the temple.

  The Saunsthan is planning to build Agrashala.

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